The power of the printed photograph

When I was growing up, there was no such thing as digital photos.  Everyone had a film camera with 24 or 36 exposure shots on it.  I took the photos on with my camera, dropped off the roll to get developed, then waited 2 weeks to get the roll back to see how my photos turned out.  There was no instant display or multiple shots to get the perfect image.  You had one, maybe two chances, to get your picture, then crossed your fingers and prayed all was well.

And the excitement of going through all the prints when the roll was finally ready to be picked up was amazing!  Sifting through the photos, laughing at all the cuteness or ridiculous faces you captured on film was priceless.

Nowadays, we take pictures with our phones, see them instantly, then retake if we decide the photo was off or someone wasn't smiling or we just don't like the way we look.  And I'll admit, I am 100% guilty of doing this as well.

But today we tend to forget the most important part of the whole reason for taking photos, and that is the printing of them.

What's the point of capturing your family's memories if you're not going to display them for everyone to see?  The answer is, sadly, not much.

Printing photos is one of the most important things you can do for yourself, your kids, and the next generation.  Seeing a photo on a wall, book shelf, or even a fireplace mantel gives a whole new meaning to keep your memories alive.

At my parent's house, my mom has a couple of dozen photo albums full of 4x6 or the old school instant Polaroid prints where you can write on the bottom of the photo (you know you remember those old instant Polaroid photos that you had to shake to dry off the ink and hope you accidentally touch and mess it up).  Anyway, I love those old photo albums.  I love looking at my childhood on print, take the photos out, and have a trip down memory lane.

I want that for my own children and (fingers crossed) their children one day.  To show them the prints of photos of their childhood, awkward years, and fun everyday memories to share and reminisce.  My own children love going through the photos I've had printed and figuring out how old they were and what were they doing. I just have to get those photos into an album, and I'll be set!

I love the fact as a photographer I can offer my clients the digital prints of their families and newborns so they can print as many photos as they want.  I want they to print their family photos and share them.  Not just keep them on a hard drive for years to come.  It's awesome to see my clients send me photos of their home wall galleries and see their photos on display.

It saddens my heart to think the next generation is losing out of the power of the printed photograph.  Nothing makes a house a home like seeing your families history on the walls with photos.

Whether it's a snapshot you took on your phone or your family photos you had taken by a professional photographer, print them out!  Display them!  Put them in albums for everyone to look back upon and remember the fun times!

And if anyone ever needs a recommendation on where to have your photos printed, email me at emilyingallsphotography@gmail.com  I'll be happy to recommend a some consumer labs to you!

 My family Christmas photo from last year! 

My family Christmas photo from last year! 

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Emily Ingalls is a professional photographer in Round Rock, Texas.  Emily specializes in family and children portraiture, family lifestyle photography, and newborn lifestyle photography.  She loves traveling, coffee, and martial arts.

My Crazy Summer... home construction, playing chauffer and more!

Hello!  It's now July, and I feel this summer is both flying by and crawling at a snail's pace.  

I've spent the entire month of June under construction.  Now me, personally.  But my house.  My husband and I have been in our home since 2013.  We went bought it my biggest issue was 'the pantry'.  I mean it was small, like tiny.  It was less than 2x3ft.  And seeing as my family has 4 children, three of those being boys, it was definitely not big enough.

I had food and other sundries in the laundry room, taking up cabinet space in the kitchen, and the coat closet, no joke.  Yes, I had stuff that should be in the pantry in the coat closet.  It was quite frustrating for 4 years going into various rooms to make lunches for school.

Finally, we found an awesome contractor to work with, and the construction began.  Not only did we expand our pantry to triple the size, but we also closed in the formal living room made it into an office and separated the new office and formal dining room.  Check out Amthor Construction and talk to Dane Amthor.  He's awesome!!

I can't even tell how excited I am to have this finished!  It was a little bit of a living hell (for me) to live in a construction zone when I like everything clean, put away, and organized.  But now it's done, and I have an awesome pantry!

Now the pantry, office and dining room is done!  I have an actual office with a separate desk and computer from my husband (yeah!).  I love my husband, but having to share a computer and desk with him drives to a little nuts.  Especially when I have to work and he has to work (cause he's in the tech industry), it didn't work out well.  Now, we have separate desk and computers, and I'm a very happy wife.  Anyway, I'm still here and alive!

Between the construction, the kids being home for summer, being a chauffer between camps, activities and general summer stuff, I'm not just getting time to sit down and write.  And I can't begin to tell you how much I've missed writing and blogging.

I'll be back soon with more writing and more wit!

I can't be the only one with a crazy summer going on.  Tell me how your summer has been!
Have you gone on vacation?
Are you at home with your kids?
Are you like me and have been playing chauffer?

 

 One of the many lunches we ate upstairs while the construction was going on.

One of the many lunches we ate upstairs while the construction was going on.

 It's moments like these I wish I could bottle up and review when I hear them fighting.

It's moments like these I wish I could bottle up and review when I hear them fighting.

 Proof we did make it to the pool a few times!

Proof we did make it to the pool a few times!

Family Photo Sessions | Round Rock, TX

I love photographing large families.  Whether it's large extended families or just immediate family members, the craziness of a family session is really energizing for me.  I know from experience trying to get all your kids to look at the camera, relax, have fun and smile seems completely impossible.  How do I know this?  Because trying to photograph my four children in one nice photo for their grandparents seems near impossible to me.

But getting a large group of kids who aren't my own to do it?  Piece of cake!

These kids were great!  Even the youngest who kept wondering off was fun to be around and photograph.  Family sessions don't have to be stressful.  Just walk in knowing I, the professional photographer you hired, has it under control.  Just sit back, relax, and allow me to capture your family is some fun, great photos.

Family and Senior Photo Session | Round Rock, TX

School is almost out for the summer!  And honestly, it can't come fast enough.  As a mom, I'm done making lunches, making sure homework gets done, waking children up in the morning, etc.  I'm ready for a slightly less hectic schedule.

Check with me in the middle of June and I'll probably be ready to send the kids back! :)

I had the pleasure of photographing this family, who happens to have a senior at Round Rock High School this year.  They were a fun family to photograph.  The boys were all making each other laugh.  And Mom and Dad had no problem acting a little silly.  All-in-all, it was one of those photography sessions I won't forget any time soon.

Family Photo Session | Round Rock, TX

The winter here in the Round Rock and Austin area was a bit unpredictable this year.  I had this family session scheduled 3 times before we finally got a gorgeous warm-ish day to photograph this family.  For some reason, it was either rainy and/or freezing cold.  And I'm not talking about 'Texas cold', I'm talking it was actually cold as it was below freezing.  Not quite ideal for outdoor sessions in Texas.

Once this beautiful family and I had our photo session, it went great!  They were fun to work with and everyone had great smiles!

The biggest compliment I get is when a family tells me they can't believe I got everyone acting so naturally and not forcing smiles.  I love it!  That's exactly what I want to capture!  Families being themselves, acting naturally and being relaxed.  It's magically when it all comes together with some work.  Enjoy this family photo session!