Have you ever gone to show someone a photo you took on your smart phone and then realised it’s on your old phone? This is me. All. The. Time. I wonder how many people have actually gone back to that old phone and retrieved these files. I have. Once. In over ten years of owning a smart phone. And you know what I did with them? I put them on a hard drive on my computer. Which crashed of course. But it’s OK, I’m a smart cookie, I also saved them in a folder to a cloud service. Have you ever tried looking for a photo you want to show a friend through thousands of low res files in a cloud service? Don’t bother it is easier trying to get ten puppies to sit in a line and all look at the camera at once!
So like most good photographers I am passionate about printing your images. I love it. Everything about it. Getting the colour grading perfect, choosing the finest paper, mounting them to a final beautiful photograph and seeing the surprise on your face when I show it to you for the first time. This is what makes them photo’s right?
Aside from that beautiful product I am producing for you, lets think about the memories. Yep, gonna get sentimental on you folks. When I was 21 I decided I would be a grown up and get myself my first puppy Molly. Little Molly was the light of my life. I loved her more than I ever knew I could. She went everywhere with me. Unfortunately it is the truth when they say that when you invite a puppy into your heart you are inviting heartbreak and as all good dogs eventually do, Molly passed away in 2012.
Recently I moved and decided to look for some photo’s of her. Well I was disappointed to find I had one good photo. That’s it. One. And she was 16 weeks old when I took that on a disposable camera from a pharmacy. Now that sounds pretty dismal but it’s not. I bought my first digital camera in 2004 and I know I took thousands of photos of my precious poppet over the years. But they are gone. Lost on old CD’s, broken hard drives and obsolete technology. Thank dog for that one printed photo that I still have.
I loved it when I was a kid and my Mum would pull out the old suitcase full of black and white photo’s and talk about all her relatives. Heck I still do. This tradition is only going to get more important the older we both get and I can’t wait to do it with my baby niece.
So please, don’t let your history disappear with your new smart phone purchase or the next lost USB. Let me print your memories. It is worth the investment.