Digital vs Print

Digital vs print, a common question in this day and age.

Yes, we all know you can have digital files. But, think about why you want those files in the first place? Is it because you want to share on social media? Do you plan on printing yourself? Do you think this is a good way for the files to last forever?

In this day and age, most people seek instant gratification. They don’t take the time to sit back and just enjoy. That is my goal with my family photography. I want you to actually enjoy, not only your session, but the custom heirloom products that you can bring into your home. We are currently living in a digital age. We take more pictures now than we have ever before. The problem is, years from now, you won’t remember those images.

Why? Technology is changing daily. If we don’t print those pictures and get them off your phone, flash drives, hard drives, Facebook, CD’s, and, I can date myself and keep going further back, but you get the point. You want so badly to remember these moments of your life, yet life is too busy to actually get them printed, they won’t be around tomorrow. Let’s be honest, printing is a pain and time consuming to get it done. That’s where I come in. If you ask me, your Austin family photography can I have my digital files? I will always say yes, but, will ask why.

So why print? 

Easy, because blank walls are boring. Remember, there is value and importance to having those printed images up on the wall, or, in albums for your children to look at. Studies have actually shown that children have better self esteem when they see picture of themselves around the house. The power of print is important on so many levels.

Which would you rather see:

digital vs print blank wall with a couch

Boring Blank Walls?


digital vs print wall gallery from an Austin family photo session

Fun Filled Walls?

There is no better feeling than your family portraits becoming the artwork that adorns your walls – it is priceless. Not to mention, time is always changing, so why not remember the way you were. Wall art takes you back to that moment in time. You are able to remember exactly what you were feeling as you look at your walls. Prints take you back to that specific moment in time, the ones you’ll never get back. The goal is to forget why you asked your Austin family photography can I have my digital files? And, to embrace the art you commissioned your photographer for in the first place.

There are so many reasons to print.

Because your prints are your reminder for today, tomorrow and for years down the road. You’re only young once, so why not remember how you look. The place to save money is not on the most important purchases. When there’s a fire, what’s the first thing you grab? I speak from experience. I promise. Because phones fall into toilets and hard drives crash. You put too much work into your family not to show them off! Because technology comes and goes. Photography is best enjoyed in print. Because a flash drive or CD in a drawer is pointless, and a hard drive doesn’t trigger a smile. Because there’s nothing like sitting down on the couch and flipping through the pages of a family album. And, the most important reason to print, your parents and grandparents won’t be around forever.

Austin Family Photography Can I Have My Digital Files Heirloom Album Photo Session

If you are anything like me, it is hard to decide on a print or two, so why not try an album? Albums are a great way to display all of your images at once. I offer a variety of heirloom products designed to showcase and preserve your families’ memories. Give yourself the gift of showcasing in PRINT your most cherished moments, adventures, love, and family. Use the space where you spend the most of your time to display the images you love. My job is to trained in the art of printing. As a professional photographer, I understand how to crop and image, choose the right paper and prepare it at the right size for the medium you would like to have printed. I understand how to sharpen it, so it looks amazing – not ok, but AMAZING. After-all, you are making a big investment, it must look amazing.

Digital vs Print Conclusion

Prints can be lived with every single day.  They aren’t buried on a hard drive never to be seen again. Prints bring life to a home. They are physical copies of our memories.  Prints allow us to hold our family history in the palm of our hand.  They let our children know they are loved.  Prints matter because they remind us of what’s truly important in life.

Together, we can incorporate your prints into any space and create an environment that will tell the story of your life. I only use high-quality products and printing techniques to ensure that you will have heirloom pieces for years to come. I am here to give you the whole package, not just photography services.  Keep in mind, all WALL COLLECTIONS and ALBUMS come with web sharing digital files of the images you picked for print. Contact me today to set up an appointment so you can view the quality products mentioned above, and set up your Austin family photography session.

Next time you ask your family photographer digital vs print, remember why you are even asking and if it is as important as you think.

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