Image above: left to right; My Grandmother; Her Grandmother; Her Mum; Baby is my Mum’s oldest sister

I’m certainly not the first person in the photography industry to go on about why you should print your images, but I really think it is worth mentioning. I believe there is incredible value in printing and I’ll explain why below.

As a photographer I offer both professional quality lab prints and the option of purchasing digital images along with printing rights to all my clients. Most of my clients like the option of being able to purchase digital images as they then have the option to print as many images as they wish and also share them on social media to family and friends. My only concern is that once they have received their USB with their beautifully edited images, a few may be printed and shared on social media whilst the rest remain on the USB in a drawer without being looked at for many years to come.

We live in the day and age where we believe our digital files are safe forever stored on our hard drives and USB drives. But this is most certainly not the case. Although it is likely in most cases the files on the hard drives will remain intact, the devices and computers we use to access them will at some point end up obsolete, with us ending up with no way to even access those files to print them in the future. That is why I strongly recommend backing up all your digital data and images onto another device and most importantly to print the images to help prevent damage or total loss and preserve them.

I believe only storing your images on a hard drive, memory card, mobile phone or on a USB is a waste of great memories that will be forgotten or even worse, lost forever.

For many of us including myself our go to camera these days is our mobile phone, it’s a device that is easily accessible as it’s always with us and great for taking every day snaps and sharing them on Facebook and Instagram, but how many of us actually print these images and display them in our homes or a family album? What if the device failed and you hadn’t backed them up to iCloud? They would likely be lost forever.

Before the age of digital cameras and smart phones with integrated cameras, there was film and the only way to view these images was to develop and print them and for this very reason I am very lucky to be able to view and enjoy many of my family’s photographs from centuries and years gone by. I find it fascinating to be able to see what my grandmothers, grandmother looked like or my parents as children and a young couple and it’s all because of printed images that have been looked after and passed down for generations.

Image above: My Dad as a young lad on the streets of Burnley, Lancashire with his sister and cousins

Remember, no-one is going to pass down a USB from generation to generation. In years to come, people probably won’t even know what it is. Much like young children today with VHS and Cassettes.

Do you want your great grandchildren to know what you looked like?

These days the majority of us go on holiday or to a family event, take hundreds of snaps and then upload them to Facebook to be viewed once and then buried and lost in digital mush, until that moment when Facebook says “Hey, here’s your Facebook memory from 5 years ago!” until now you had completely forgotten about it. I know I’ve experienced this.

So take lots of pictures, use your mobile phone, your compact camera or hire a professional for those really important moments and occasions and remember to back them up on your computer and most of all print them out and display them with pride them in your home or family album.

Look after your precious memories and pass them down for the next generation to enjoy.

I would love to see any of your own family images from year gone by, please share them with me on Facebook.

Image above: My parents as a young couple in Colne, Lancashire

Image above: Youngest in her grandmothers arms is my mum, along with her three older sisters

Image above: my grandmother on my mums side in the 1940s

Image above: my Dad’s grandfather [second from the left] and his workmates in June 1950

Left image above: my mum with her youngest sister and mother

Right image above: my dad with his grandfather

Image above: my dad with his sister and uncle at Blackpool Tower in the 1950s

Image above: me as a baby