Why You Should Print Your Photos- NJ Portrait Photographer

Disclaimer: This post contains images that were downloaded and uploaded again from Facebook and photographs of physical photographs. Quality may be slightly compromised in these images, but that actually is part of the point! 

Imagine that it is 60 years in the future.  Your grandchildren and great grandchildren are sitting around the kitchen table talking about you.  What your life was like. What you looked like when you were young.  If you’re still living…perhaps you’ll be able to describe yourself to them.  If you’ve since passed on…your image is left to their imagination.   Why?  Because you grew up in the digital age.  Every photo, every memory, even every piece of artwork was photographed and then uploaded on a branch of social media that has long since been defunct.  Every photo taken during your lifetime is in a hope chest, trapped on a USB stick or a CD that doesn’t play on any of today’s devices.

Does this sound unrealistic?  Stop for a second.  Have you tried to access photos posted on Myspace 10 years ago?  They’re not there anymore.  You can’t even Google them.  (I’ve tried!)    Do you guys remember floppy disks?  Even most cars today don’t come with a CD player.   And as we move to the age of tablets, we may be moving away from USB drives.

Now…let’s take a trip back 40 years…60 years.  Look in your parent’s closets.  On their walls.  In their photo albums.   You’ll probably find priceless gems like these:

My mom’s senior picture, circa 1972 or 1973

My maternal grandmother. Circa early to mid 1940s. She passed away in 1956, 2 years after my mom was born. She never knew her, as neither did I.

 

I got married almost 8 years ago.  Look at these beautiful images!!  All uploaded to Facebook.  If I tried to save and print any of these today, they would look tragic thanks to Facebook compression of images.  As you can see, these downloads aren’t as sharp as they should be.    Luckily, my images are still stored on a disc.  In a safe.  Not a single photo from my wedding is on my walls.   What if that disc was lost?  What if social media ceased?  This amazing day…the day I married my soul mate would be lost.

(all wedding images by Brandi Smith Photography)

This is why I strongly believe in preserving our memories in print.  I collaborate with a professional photo lab that guarantees their images for a lifetime at top notch quality.  I take the hassle out of resizing, uploading, ordering, and picking up your prints for you.   You have nothing stopping you, no excuses, from preserving your memories to stand the test of time.    Once you select your images, I prepare them for printing and order them for you.   They are delivered to me to be inspected for quality control.  Then, I personally deliver them safely to you, at your convenience.     I do understand the desire to share your photos on social media.  Many people have far reaching family and friends and this is how you communicate with them!   That’s why for every image you purchase, you also receive an accompanying low resolution, watermarked social media file for sharing.  Because, it’s hard to take pictures OF pictures.  But, there is absolutely no substitution for having those tangible moments right there in your hands.  To run your fingers across when they are old and wrinkled and to hand over to the next generation.

Who’s the Boss?- NJ Family Photographer

8 years ago, I was hired at a small insurance firm in Little Rock, AR.  During my interview, my soon-to-be boss and I discovered that we were both getting married on the same day!

Our families became friends and I worked for him until we moved to NJ 5 years ago.  The day I gave my notice was probably one of the saddest days of my life.  I was not only losing a great employer, but also great friends.

Fast forward to a couple of years ago, when we found out they were moving just a little over an hour away from us!!  We were THRILLED to have a little piece of back home so close!

I was even more excited when, just a few months after their move last year, they asked me to do some family photos for them.   This family, besides being super sweet and genuine, is absolutely STUNNING.  Seriously, the type of family you find featured in prominent society magazines.  They have excellent style and are naturals in front of the camera.   And their little guy is an absolute joy to photograph!   I am so excited to share these here and I hope to be honored to photograph this family many times over.

6 Months of Adorable- NJ Child Photographer

Remember that precious little songbird newborn from the other day?   Well, 6 months ago (if you’re doing your math, this means that she is now almost a YEAR old!) we got together for a fun little half birthday shoot.   It was so amazing to see just how much she had grown in half a year.  She was full of those fanTASTIC gummy smiles and laughs.

And, we were able to sneak in a shot of her and big brother, which we missed out on at her Newborn session.    One of the greatest things about this age is their obsession with their feet.   But, who could blame them, afterall?  Baby feet are THE best. Ever. Period. Infinity.

 

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In the Jungle- NJ Child Photographer

Oh how I love a good cake smash session!!!  This little guy is a regular here at ABP now.  I’ve been taking pictures of him since he was in his mama’s belly!   For his first birthday, we got together for a fun jungle themed cake smash session.

He had too much fun eating the the cake and smearing icing on himself.   But, when it came time for cleanup, he wasn’t nearly as thrilled.   Thankfully, he settled in for a quick scrub-a-dub and enjoyed the spa.

 

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You Can Call Me A Flower…If you want, NJ Newborn Photographer

When my good friend, Michelle, found out she was pregnant, she decided to wait until the baby was born to find out the sex.   She had 2 awesome little dudes at home, so she was bound to win regardless of whether she added a 3rd mama’s boy or the lone little girl.

After a long and brave trial of labor, she delivered her beautiful daughter, Daisy and forever changed her world.   She was wide awake and so interested in the world around her when I arrived and she made me work for every shot.  But, it was so worth it.  Here she is.

 

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She Rings Like a Bell Through the Night- NJ Newborn Photographer

This session was so long awaited.   A beautiful girl with a beautiful name born to a beautiful mom with a beautiful voice.   Rhiannon’s musical legacy is woven into her DNA like threads of silk.   Her mama is a violinist and singer AND a music teacher so of course we had to add a little of that lifestyle into this session.

She was an absolute DREAM to photograph.  She settled in quickly and drifted into a deep sleep and didn’t even flinch for the many position and set changes.  But, these images are my favorite, of course.  Her pure loveliness captured timelessly.

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Spitfire- NJ Child Photographer

You would never believe that this adorable chunk came into this world barely weighing 6lbs.  When I first met Baby O, he was so tiny and appeared so fragile.  But, he’s as hardy as they come these days and such a heartbreaker.  I am in love with that amazing red hair and ocean blue eyes.  I could eat him up.

In honor of his first birthday, we let HIM eat it up.  Cake, that is!   But not before we got some shots of him rocking the cutest little bow tie.   And, of course, it wouldn’t be a cake smash without a little splash time afterwards!

 

 

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