As much as I love wall galleries as a beautiful and meaningful interior design element, I do realize that there is (apparently!) a limit to the number of photos one can reasonably frame and hang in your home, at least from one session.
But that's ok, because I have another love - photobooks!
Imagine fifteen, twenty, thirty years from now curling up on the sofa with your daughter the night before senior prom, or the week before her wedding day, or the morning she tells you she's pregnant, and looking through the photobooks from when she was a baby.
Imagine your son coming over and asking for the photobooks so he can show HIS son what dad looked like as a baby.
Imagine hanging out with your grandchildren and leafing through the pages, looking at mom or dad at their age.
My mom and sister recently looked over our old albums from when we were little and excitedly reported that Liam really looks like me when I was three!
I know high resolution digital files are popular right now. High resolution files are important for making prints in the future, for incorporating your photos into your own albums, and for archival purposes. Believe me - I understand. I would never discourage you from getting high res files.
I would only discourage you from ONLY getting high res files.
This is especially if you are not a visual arts professional who knows how to properly handle the files, and especially if, realistically, you are not going to get around to making prints.
Because fifty years from now, are you really going to be looking at those digital images?
And even if you are, will it even hold a light to looking at physical photographic artwork made years and years ago?
Even tomorrow, does a digital image hold a light to looking at actual artwork, in person?
Digital images are great for instantaneous sharing with 300 of your closest friends, there's no doubt about it.
But for YOU, and for your immediate family, now and for the future, is there a more powerful, more tactile, more sensual, more evocative, more meaningful, more just plain downright enjoyable experience than looking at something you can hold in your hand?
I know my answer to that!
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nyc baby, child and family photographer and architect alethea cheng fitzpatrick is based in brooklyn and specializes in contemporary, natural light portrait artwork and nursery design for your home. view her portfolio of babies, children or families or send her an e-mail here!