Today on the blog I wanted to share with you a personal reason why I believe in the importance of heirloom albums. I hope you come away from this post with an appreciation for printed photographs and letting your photos live on beyond the camera roll!
My personal experience:
Long before I ever held a camera in my hand, I loved looking through my family’s albums. Carefully organized, labeled, and sealed, paging through those albums was one of my favorite pastimes. I never got to meet my great-grandparents, but I always felt like I got to know them through our family albums.
In February of 2022, I lost my grandpa after complications with heart surgery. He was, and still is, one of the most important people in my life. This was one of the lowest points in my life thus far and looking back at photographs was so healing and celebratory of his life. A few months prior I had taken my grandparent’s portraits and gifted them an heirloom album for Christmas. None of us had any idea that these would be some of the last professional portraits we would have of my grandpa. My extended family and I cherish this album and looking through it brings us back to happier times. I’m forever grateful these photos are printed. If not, they most likely would have gotten lost in the camera roll only to be seen every once and a while when I happen to scroll past them.
Why am I sharing this? As a photographer, I am a firm believer in not letting your photos stay in an online gallery forever. Photos are meant to be held, admired, and cherished. It is the one photography product you can purchase that will stand the test of time. I find joy in paging through their album that sits on the coffee table at my grandparents house.
My heirloom albums are printed exclusively through my professional print lab. With covers made of genuine leather or linen, these albums are beautiful and of the highest quality.
Heirloom albums stand the test of time, and live on well beyond our years for future generations to enjoy. I encourage you to have physical copies of your photos one way or the other!
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