Simple photo advice for you

August 20, 2013  •  2 Comments
If you’ve been following along (and you probably haven’t) you might know that I enjoy taking photos. And an extension of that is that I like photographs…period. 
 
When I was growing up my dad took bunches of family pictures, developed them, and put them in photo albums. It wasn’t a frequent occurrence, but on occasion my brothers and sisters and I would dig out those albums and go through them. Christmas pictures, backyard pool pictures, pictures from graduations, First Communions, and other assorted events. 
 
And in the first house my wife and I owned, we had a wall that had dozens of photos on it. Some were in collages, some individual: all different sizes. Whenever we had guests they would look at that wall. Not just glance, but they would stop and go through each of the photos. 
 
And nowadays when someone passes away, at the funeral home people always stop and look at the photos. Again, not just glance, they stop and look at the visual history. 
 
Photos bring out emotions. 
 
On Saturday night my youngest daughter had a chance to see a concert of a young pop duo made up of 20-year old twins Megan & Liz. My daughter is a big fan of these two stars, and her emotions were on display. My wife sent me a text that my daughter was standing about 10 feet from the stage, singing, dancing, pumping her fist and crying from her excitement. 
 
I picked them up after the concert, and just happened to drive around to the back of the club. We stopped and saw the tour bus, with Megan & Liz standing there chatting with a small group of fans. I told my daughter and her friend to get out of the car and go see them.
 
My wife and I followed, with camera in tow. 
 
As my daughter approached Megan (I think it was Megan, but I’m not sure) she again started to cry from happiness/excitement. The performer quickly said “honey, don’t cry,” and gave her a big hug. The two young ladies could not have been sweeter. They talked with the girls, signed autographs and…wait for it…posed for a number of pictures. 
 
After we got back in the car my daughter and her friend were so excited; both exclaiming that this was one of the best things to ever happen to them.
 
I said to my wife that we would have to print the pictures out, and send a set to my daughter’s friend. 
 
“Print the pictures out.”
 
When I was growing up, getting pictures printed was great fun. Picking up the envelope and flipping through the prints, finding a record of the past to be kept well into the future. 
 
Despite how easy it is now, we don’t print pictures enough. We can review them and find only the best images, but instead we “choose” to leave thousands of pictures on computers, tablets and phones…rarely to be seen again. 
 
It’s time to put them on display. 
 
“Print the pictures out.”
 
Not only is it easy now, it’s also cheap. As little as ten cents for a 4x6 photo. And it’s just as easy to print out enlargements…5x7, 8x10, 11x14 or larger.  Just Google “photo coupon” and you’ll find a number of offers to save you money at Walgreens, WalMart, Kmart, or at online stores like Snapfish and Photoshelter.
 
So it’s time to print the pictures out. Go through your phone and computer, collect the good files and print them out. Then go get some frames…collage frames, 5x7 frames, 8x10 frames, etc. and put those photos on display in your house and your office. Go buy some photo albums and load them up too. Some night in the future when you’re watching Big Bang reruns you can pull the albums out and laugh or cry at the old pictures.
 
“Print the pictures out.”
 
So this week I will print out the Megan & Liz pictures for my daughter and her friend. I may even order some nice big enlargements. They were so excited to see that show and to meet the two young stars; they should have a great way to remember the night. 
 
And thanks to the photos they will. 
 
PHOTO CONTEST UPDATE
I did win the contest I wrote about last week. I am very honored and excited about the win, and today I ordered an 8x10 and an 11x14 print of the winning entry. 
 

Comments

Patricia Regan Kunz(non-registered)
Tom this post was awesome.and all your pics that you post make me aware of the beauty in this world, I thank you for this and for all of your pics...Keep up the good work you make everyone who views them happy! Again Thanks you so much! Patricia
mary sekelsky(non-registered)
I am in total PRINT PICS agreement!! Think if old family pics were in another for. I would much rather share now before the funeral home lol. Thanx!!! <3
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