If it's pretty, frame it!
How long has it been since your first digital point and shoot camera or your camera phone produced high enough quality pictures that your old film camera became obsolete? One or the other has probably been true for many years now, if not both and the excitement of not having to get film developed anymore can still be recalled to this day. Seldom however do those cameras produce high enough quality photographs to print out and frame. If you have kids, you probably have some of those annual school photographs on your wall. If you are married, you might have one or two of those pictures on your night stand and if you took engagement photographs, then one could see one of those pinned to your office wall. Instead of turning our homes into something that resembles grandma's stair case, covered in pictures spanning decades and generations of family members, we rather take blurry cell phone pictures and upload them to our Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest accounts.
I am not hating on people who fit this profile, I have been known to do that myself. For one moment however, close your eyes or gaze out the window or stare at your child playing in the next room and think about the moments that really count. Wouldn't we all rather have photographs that evoke fond memories than pictures that make us blurt out "this was her first grade school picture" when people come over for dinner?
Our opinions might vary, however one day, I do want enough photographs around my house that weren't all taken at my wedding or my children's school years ago. Now I am not going to the extreme and designate a wall and ensure each frame looks different from the next, but when my kids are grown and their families come over for the holidays, I want their spouses or children stop at photographs and me being able to tell a story about said photograph or recall fond memories that go beyond "this is your Dad when he was your age".
I think you know by now that I think the only way this can be achieved is to ditch the point and shoot or camera phone, only purchase the wallet sized school pictures so people don't question your love for your kids because you didn't purchase any pictures and do what our parents did: Hire a photographer!
You might think "oh I get it... she is a photographer"... The truth is, if you browse your favorite social media site and read the comments to photographs that were taken by a professional, you will witness what I am describing above unfold. People say things like "Gorgeous, this is so her!", "This photo is really bringing out his personality", "look at how much they love each other!"... each photograph is making people recall personalities, relationships and memories. Now it is usually the photographer who posts those pictures to pad their portfolio and social presence, we all do that. However the people who hired the photographer, are actually getting prints. Small, big, canvases, metal, floating frames... gigantic smiles and chubby cuteness get hung above the fireplace, by entrances, in dining rooms, bedrooms and hallways. When we have guests, we secretly hope they will comment on said prints and admire them as much as we do.
Bottom line, if it's pretty, frame it! We spend a good amount of money on family photographs, from paying the photographer for their talent to purchasing the prints, because we know that our cell phones cannot achieve what a professional can! Create memories and freeze in time, who we love and what we love about them.
So if until now you have worn blinders take them off and realize that professional photographs are an investment worth more than the dollars spent on them. And no, your camera phone cannot achieve that and quality IS better than blurry quantity!!!
Find a photographer whose style matches yours and allow them to show the world what you and your family is all about!
You will not regret it!
Keep up those pretty smiles!!!