I have decided to do a three part series on printing images and why you should do it! I often feel like I have to justify my reasoning for including prints and print credits in each of my collections, and so I decided a photo series/blog would explain why I want people to have photos, why I print my photos.
Here is the first part of the series on why you should Print That Photo.
HERE IS PART 2 OF THE SERIES
My mom and dad were married in the summer of 1985. My mom had an absolutely stunning lace dress, one that would is most certainly back in style today. My dad wore white, and looked dapper from head to toe. How do I know this, you ask? I've seen beautiful and well preserved wedding photographs in wedding albums!!
I'm so thankful for the images I have of their wedding day. There's something so sweet about seeing your parents in love and happy on the day they married. Before kids and life, and in my case, death. These photographs have become incredible keepsakes, not only for me and my sister but for our children. My oldest loved seeing grandma in her pretty white dress.
I really loved showing my mom the photos I had and hearing about her day. It was a special moment I will carry in my heart forever, and it most definitely wouldn't have happened had I not had those printed photographs.
She told me about her day, about her aunts being silly, and even how my cousin captured some of the images. Just thinking back to it now makes my heart all warm and fuzzy.
My parents wedding photographer was Mike Schleyer. He is their cousin and my second cousin (I think?)-- hooray for big family trees! Haha. His images are incredible and I am in awe of his talent and so thankful for his work. Can you imagine, in the age of film only- how much talent and technique it would have taken to capture in-focus, well exposed and composed images?! Today, we can shoot, look, and reshoot if necessary. We have cameras that tell us when the image needs focusing or adjustments for exposure. Heck, you can even put your camera in auto mode (I DON'T RECOMMEND THIS) and capture decent images. Film photographers are the real MVP's of the world of photography! If you really want to dig deep into the photography world, I highly encourage you to venture into film photography. The learning curve is a bit more difficult, but it gives you an incredible opportunity to really understand how a camera works, and how film is developed, and how prints are made. I am so thankful for my time in college learning all of this-- it is invaluable!
Speaking of his technique... did you know... he used a glass to capture the one image of my mom and the other of both my parents, with the white bokeh effect?! My mom said he legit put a glass against his lens and captured the imaged through it. So much creativity!!
**I wanted to reiterate... these images are from Mike Schleyer, I only watermarked the images I took of his photos (that seems like a mouthful), so they cannot be reproduced without his consent**
Photographs capture the spirit of its subject. Photographs preserve a memory. Photographs can be handed down throughout generations. Photographs serve as a token for a free ride back in time, and allow for sweet conversations with loved ones as they remember.
Professional, or candid...PRINT YOUR PHOTOGRAPHS. PRINT AND SHARE YOUR MEMORIES.