Life is precious and fleeting. Memories that matter and bring us joy, need to be brought to life. So what happens when we grow up in a society of picture takers but not photo printers? We get a disconnect. Photo printing brings those moments back into our lives and they are tangible and easily accessible. They are shared when printed. They give children a sense of security and belonging when the photos are displayed throughout their own home.
So what happens when we don’t print? Well, we make it difficult for children to enjoy the memories that make up their small world. Here is a glimpse at children trying to get access to their favorite photos. It’s kind of a mess, with batteries not working, passwords needed and hundreds of photos to scroll through on the phone. Lots of time, a parent needs to step in to help out.
Photo Printing for Children
It’s almost as if we are denying access to our memories from the little ones, they do not have access to their own fond moments. So how do we remedy this trend? We decided to take these families, photograph them and then print the photos from the session. Instead of giving the photos to the parents, we gave them directly to the children.
The reactions were immediate and joyful. The children were able to talk about the people in the photos, share them with siblings and parents and keep them close to heart.
There is a well-known study called Phototherapy in Mental Health authored by Within the pages of it, David Krauss, a licensed psychologist, says “I think it is really important to show a family as a family unit. It is so helpful for children to see themselves as a valued and important part of that family unit. A photographer’s job is to create and make the image look like a safe holding space for kids where they are safe and protected. Kids get it on a really simple level.” Reread that quote. It’s such a powerful statement.
When children see photos of themselves and their family it gives them security and a sense of belonging. The power of print is especially important for children. We have a responsibility to print our photos not only for our children but for our grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
There is no better time to start than right now. Spoil your children with prints of themselves, you’ll never regret it. Click HERE to find out how one mom is able to print one book each year of her children. She gives us tips and tricks on how to make it easy.