I practically “Squeeeeeeed!” right out of my chair when I saw this picture Nicole sent me. It’s such a thrill to realize pictures you took are hanging in someone else’s house!
At the same time, it seems like a lot of people don’t buy prints anymore. I think Facebook has really killed the print business. People used to print all their pictures, put them in albums, and take those albums to family events. Now you can just as easily share your weekend events without having to print anything.
So I wonder how often people actually DISPLAY prints. I’m a big believer in having prints in your home. Exhibit A:
Yep, that’s a LOT of pictures of me and Kevin. Sometimes I worry that we look like the most narcissistic people with this little display, but hey, we paid good money for our engagement and wedding photography, and I really love having those prints up. They display a very important part of our lives. I don’t know if that wall will stay like that forever, but I love it as is right now.
We also have another wall in the house for silly snapshots and family photos:
One thing that definitely needs to be considered is WHERE you get your photos printed. Sure, I’m guilty of running to Costco to pick up some pictures, but in general, I don’t recommend getting your photos printed at a drugstore, supermarket or the like. The reason is those photo printers typically are not calibrated on a regular basis. This can mean color casts on your photos, or photos that look a little off. I prefer to order my prints online from Kodak Gallery, or better yet, Mpix.
Whichever print supplier you choose, it is very important to de-select ANY “auto color correction” option. VERY IMPORTANT! If you are paying a professional, you are paying them to adjust color and sharpness so they are ready to print as-is once delivered. You may in fact undo all that work by allowing a printer to auto correct colors, which could result in warm or cold casts.
In either case, display those photos! It sounds cheesy, but to me, it really makes a house a home :)