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Why You Should Print Your Digital Photos from Your Lifestyle Session

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I’m curious: how long has it been since you’ve printed digital photos of your family? 

Let me guess – it’s been a while. There’s no shame in that because the digital age is alive and well. Yes, it’s nice to have every photo possible at our fingertips—both on our phones and computers. But don’t you miss the good old days of thumbing through albums upon albums of family photos? 

My mom has a large, green leather box filled to the brim with black and white photos of my grandparents and great grandparents. As a child, I used to spend hours going through them. Photos of summer trips, camps, and parties. Some of them had handwritten notes on the back (like who was in the picture and even where it was taken), and the majority of them are professional photographs signed by the photographer (fun fact: that’s what they did back then!).

Now, think about your family’s photos. How many of them have yet to be showcased in your home—outside of the Internet?

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Why to Print

If you’re wondering why you should even bother to print your digital photos from your lifestyle session, here are some reasons why:

1. They will be around for years and years to come.

Technology is constantly changing and evolving. Who knows what Google, Dropbox, iCloud, etc. will be like years from now! Not to mention how much trust can we really put into those digital platforms (and our own hard drives) to hold all of our precious moments captured on camera? 

When you print your digital photos, you can relax knowing they’ll be around for years and years to come—through countless moves, transitions, technology upgrades; you name it! 

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2. They make great decor. 

Who doesn’t love a good gallery wall or printed coffee table album to thumb through during a commercial break? Printing your digital photos will inevitably make for some great decor in your home. Plus, there’s a good chance seeing them every day will put a smile on your face and cause memories of that particular time to come flooding back. Talk about an instant mood booster! 

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3. Your kids will love going through them. Not to mention their kids and their kids’ kids.

In today’s world, we often post our photos on social media, garnering a number of likes and comments from friends and family far and wide. But those photos always seem to disappear into the social media or iPhone photo roll abyss.

With printed photos, however, you can extend the lifespan of those passing moments. Your kids can see them anytime they want, and they can also pass them down to your grandchildren so they can marvel at your clothing and hairstyles through the years!

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4. There’s something about holding those memories in your hands.

Maybe it’s the photographer in me, but there’s nothing like freeing those photos from your phone and hard drive so you can hold and feel every favorite, beautifully chaotic detail even closer to your heart! It also helps you carry on a generations-long tradition of preserving memories. 

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Options for Printing Photos

Okay, mama. I know how busy life gets. You probably think this is just one more to-do to add to your list. But trust me when I say that printing digital photos has never been easier than it is today! 

Here are a few options to save you some time preserving real-life moments of those you love at every age + stage: 

  • Choose a service such as Chatbooks to create albums: this is a pretty affordable option and can be done right from your phone every month, or after a trip or celebration. Shutterfly and Snapfish also offer apps that make it possible to print from your phone. Albums are a great way to keep things organized and categorized by event or a specific time in your life!
  • Work with your photographer to print professional prints: when you have a session with a professional photographer, use them as a resource to print your photos. They often have partnerships with a professional lab to make the process as seamless as possible! When you book a session with NPS Photography you can use the gift credit with your collection towards beautiful products. And they’re sure to put a smile on your face for years to come.

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meet natasha

I'm DC photographer, Natasha Sewell. I'm all about capturing those unscripted, full-of-personality moments in the comfort of your home.

As a mom of three and a former elementary school teacher turned in-home newborn and family photographer, I know how to get your littles to cooperate and have FUN!

Let’s get to preserving your family's real-life moments in the place you’re most comfortable – your home.

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