Do you print your photos?
Or does that question make you feel slightly uneasy as you’re now thinking about all of those photos sitting on your hard drive that you just haven’t got round to printing? There was a recent report that showed that over half of the people in the UK NEVER print out their photos….I think that’s so sad. I worry that we are raising a generation who will have their childhood memories lost forever on a failed hard drive. I think it’s so important that we print out these memories we are capturing so that they can be enjoyed and shared with new generations. It would be horrible if I had never seen what my parents looked like as children; I love to sit and leaf through old family buy amoxicillin trihydrate online albums. But think of all of those children who won’t have family albums to look through when they’re older. The majority of people (68% to be precise!) think that within a generation the only photo album that will still exist are those compiled by our parents and grandparents when we were children. The rest will just be sitting on hard drives or Facebook I guess!
I know it takes effort and time to put together family albums, and we’re all busy enough in our lives. But nowadays with online album providers such as Blurb and Bob Books that make the process so simple, there really is no excuse! And if you are completely daunted about compiling all of your photos from the past year, then just do little albums with your holiday photos in. Even if your children just have albums to look through from each big holiday you have, that is much better than no family albums at all. And one more very good reason to do it, is that if you never print any photos off, there is a big risk of losing those cherished memories. Nearly half of the nation say that they have lost photos due to computer viruses, failed hard drives and so on. Ouch!
Although we are reaching the end of June, I thought I would quickly tell you that this month is the first ever UK National Photography Month. This is an initiative to help the public understand and appreciate the importance of photography as a medium to ‘capture and keep’ their treasured memories and life’s most important moments; something hopefully you can see I feel very passionately about too!
And please don’t think I’m preaching, I’m no saint and I fall behind with my family albums too. I spend so much time editing photos and designing products for my clients, that it’s not top of my list of things to do in my spare time! But I make myself do it otherwise I feel really guilty. I have a year’s worth of photos on my hard drive (and backed up of course!) to put in an digital album at the moment; my job for the summer! But I do have photos of my kids up all around the house, so I print my photos out constantly. The latest photo to go up in a wall frame was this one of my youngest. You can see more of this shoot here on my family photography blog.
So please, make some time this summer to capture and keep some wonderful memories for your family. You won’t regret it.
Vicki Knights is one of the leading family photographers in the UK and started running her popular 'Photography for Parents' workshops in 2010 (the first of its kind in the UK!)