When was the last time you printed a photograph?
Go on. Think.
If you're like me, it's been a long time. Before I got married, and ordered a few portraits to hang around the house, I can’t actually pinpoint the last time I printed a photograph. Was it all the way back to college? Ah, yes- so I could hang pictures of my friends and I making weird faces in one of those fantastically cool dorm room collages.
So, it’s been awhile.
We moved into our house a few months ago and so far the walls remain unfurnished save for a select few wedding prints. My husband even asked me the other day when we were going to start putting family photos up on the wall! Truthfully, the deeper the hole I write myself into, the more regret I feel - I'm a photographer, after all, and there's no excuse for me!
But the truth is, I’m stuck in the digital age as much as the next guy-with-a-smartphone. Sometimes my best chance at reliving a precious moment is waiting a year for it to pop up on Time Hop and remind me.
But I’m trying to be better. I’m trying to fight against this culture’s growing fascination with the disposable. Photographs allow us to capture and preserve moments, but we can’t relive them if they’re waning away on a hard drive or trapped within the Facebook algorithm.
That’s why I feel so adamantly about wedding albums. I know you don’t print your digital snapshots. But you should print your wedding pictures. You should have them bound within heavy, thick pages so you can feel them with your own two hands. You should leave it out on the coffee table so friends, family, visitors, your children, your grandchildren, and yes, you—revisit that day and relive those memories often.
Don’t let yourself forget about the day you pledged forever.
Here’s a brief introduction to my signature albums. (Dog approved, but not included).