I believe you should adorn your walls with prints not jpegs. Your home should represent you and those you hold closest.
My son Malachi has been working on pulling up and standing the last few weeks. Today he was so proud of himself when he pulled up on his toy basket. I just had to run and grab my polaroid to get a picture of his smitten grin. Holding this picture got me thinking and wondering what is it exactly about polaroids that people love so much to bring it back into style? I mean if we’re honest the quality isn’t great… the prints are small… and you have to be choosy with shots because every image is printed (that adds up quick $$). Yet I have a stack of them in a keepsake box full of special moments.
Thinking about this made me realize how much I truly love seeing images printed. My favorite rooms in my home are those adorned with my family and the people I love. I wake up every morning to a picture on my bedside of me and my husband on our wedding day. Everyday it makes me smile. When I walk into Malachi’s room to get him up for the day I see a beautiful family portrait taken when he was only 10 days old. It warms my heart everytime.
Today everything is posted online, or saved on a computer, external drives, USB’s, etc. You get the point. It’s all electronic. But… What happens when those devices fail? Crash? Get damaged and stop working? Even if you save images to the cloud or online. Do you trust those to stay safe and secure in 10, 30, or 50 years?
As an adult now when I look back on pictures… actual pictures… of the people who made my story and I held and still hold dear to my heart I am so thankful I grew up with parents who took pictures and printed them. My mom has album upon album of professional, and unprofessional pictures stacked in closets all over her house. I have spent hours over many years pouring through them. Hearing stories behind the pictures and reliving some of my favorite memories. These pictures give me the chance to see loved ones who are no longer around, often being the only thing we have left of them. They mean the world to me and my family.
So take this as my advice to you as a photographer, mother, daughter, and wife to buy prints. Whether it be from me, online, or if as a last resort walmart. Just buy them. Someday you will need them. I promise.