As a photographer one of the things that I spend a lot of time doing is getting images ready for printing. I know that there are a lot of photographers out there who just give a CD of the images and move on, but I prefer giving my clients prints. Technology changes, but being able to hold a printed image will always be better than anything technology can bring our way. Think of the difference between holding a CD in your hand and an original Ansel Adams in your hand, which would you prefer? Of course, the Ansel Adams print!
I started working on my family tree many years ago and one of the most incredible things about the entire process was the accumulation of family photos that I started. For Christmas I put together albums of the images for my great-aunts. One of my great-aunts called me and was in tears after receiving it. She told me that her house had burned to the ground in the 1950’s and she had lost all of her photographs. Her sisters and brothers gave her some copies, but back then printing images was a luxury that most people couldn’t afford. There were images in those albums that she had not seen since that time. There were some she had never seen before.
There is a value to holding a photograph in your hand. It’s something that you look at with your eyes, but you can feel that moment. Whether it’s a portrait, art print, or just a snapshot holding it in your hand is to be able to travel in time and be in the moment.
I am so in love with Nations Photo Lab for my prints. I can not tell you enough how amazing their service and quality is for prints. I recently ordered some 16×24 size prints from them and couldn’t stop looking at how spot-on they were with the colors. I have spent so much time tweaking my images for color with other labs and I have not had to do that once for any of my orders from NPL. I have now ordered so many different sizes from them and each time I am just blown away by how great the images look. Even the small wallet images look great! (Although I love the BIG prints myself!)
I want people to know that feeling of holding their printed image. I want them to be able to give those images to their children and to all the generations that follow. I may not compare to Ansel Adams, but I know the true value of a beautiful printed image and so do my clients. There is nothing like standing back and seeing your work printed and ready to grace the walls of a home, a gallery, or a business. If you are currently only giving CDs to your clients, I urge you to start thinking about printing those images. I am so thankful for each one of the old photographs I received and that I was able to share with my great-aunts.
Thank you so much to everyone at NPL for all the work you do and for giving photographers such beautiful, quality prints for their clients.
These people live again in print as intensely as when their images were captured on old dry plates of sixty years ago… I am walking in their alleys, standing in their rooms and sheds and workshops, looking in and out of their windows. Any they in turn seem to be aware of me. ~Ansel Adams