Why it is so important to print your photographs!

There are so many reasons why it's super important to print your photos.

And I can't tell you enough - just print them!!!

As a child I used to spend hours, getting out the family albums, looking back at my childhood, seeing myself as a baby, memories I don't remember, memories I do remember. Looking at my grandparents I never met. It is so important to print photos for making your own personal history for your children to look at when they're all grown up, for future generations of your family to see.

It's such a worry that these days every things online, on the computer, printing photos is so much safer.

Sadly, most forms of storage will eventually become un-accesible. Floppy disks? They've died out. Soon the CD will be disused.

Even online storage is risky, who's in charge of all your memories? Print your photos so you've got safe hard copies for future generations to take on board.

Printed, framed photos on the wall make you remember and think about that memory every time you walk past it. It's interesting for people visiting to see your family as a whole on the wall. Or for your kids to see themselves around the house - it makes the home yours, unique.

There has been a recent study actually on how it's good for your children's self esteems and confidence to have family photos on the walls.

David Krauss, a licensed psychologist from Cleveland, Ohio says, “I think it is really important to show a family as a family unit. It is so helpful for children to see themselves as a valued and important part of that family unit. A photographer’s job is to create and make the image look like a safe holding space for kids where they are safe and protected. Kids get it on a really simple level.”

“It lets children learn who they are and where they fit,” says Judy Weiser. a psychologist, art therapist.

“Touching the photograph where a face is smiling or the shoulders, it is the same thing as touching a book when you read it. There’s a lot of stimulation of the brain when you have that sensory experience. That is a bit lost in the move to digital. You are touching a keyboard, mouse or a touchscreen but you are not touching the image.”

Photographs make amazing personal gifts. A frame for nannys wall so she can see all her grandchildren in one place when she's sitting on the sofa?? What nan wouldn't love that? Photo albums, phone cases, pillows, mugs, with your photos on make perfect presents.

It can also be a sociable thing - family/friends come over and you grab out an old album, or a new one that you've recently had done and it goes around and everyone has a good look.

And who can't resist a gorgeous family photo in a nice frame?

So take it from me - get your photos printed!

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