Why printing your photos matter -Jessica Michelle Photo – Port Jefferson, NY

I was set to write this post at the beginning of February but it didn’t happen. We finally closed on our house and have been working on getting it ready for move in! Then rolled in the plague and winter break and I’m finally getting around to posting on this very important topic. Why printing your photos is oh so very important.

What inspired me to create this post was my grandpa, Fred Egenberger: USN Seabees, he passed away just over a year ago at the end of January 2016. Since his passing and visiting my grandma a few times I have collected many MANY photographs. Some I know very well and some I have NEVER seen. Photos of my grandma as a child with her mother, my mom as a newborn, pictures of me from summers and holidays spent at their house. I have boxes and albums full of photos and it is nice to be able to show my children who our family was. It allows me to see the life that was before me and remember my past and my families past.

It could be because I love photography and seeing the history of my family but it is just as important for you too, for you and your family. In this day of digital everything, printing out photos is becoming a long-lost idea. Technology will change again and again and again and things will get lost as it isn’t meant to be sustainable, it is just data on a disk unless you make a hard copy – A PRINT! I am always asked “Do I get all the digital files?” “Will my gallery be here forever?” or told “I just want them for Facebook, Instagram, etc” but none of these are permanent. Prints are forever and can physically handed down to the next generation and the one after that. You can’t hand down your Facebook or Instagram – who knows if they will even be around in 5-10 years… remember MySpace?!

What you can hand down is a physical print in all of the forms it is offered in. 

I urge you to get prints of your photos from your sessions even if it is just one, please order prints! When you order prints though me you receive archival photos printed on high quality paper and is printed by a professional lab that makes sure the print looks exactly like the image does on the digital file. My favorite product to offer satisfies both the want for the digitals and the ability to have prints. It is a keepsake box with all the images from your session printed in 4×6 size and all the images on a custom USP drive so you can share them digitally.

Why printing your photos matter Jessica Michelle Photo Long Island Photographer Port Jefferson New York

Some of the oldest photos in the collection – I think this could be my grandmothers parents and older siblings. I am guessing from about 1923 since there is a “23” on the back and pairs up with the ages of kids.


Why printing your photos matter Jessica Michelle Photo Long Island Photographer Port Jefferson New York

Grandpa at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba where they were building the base that is there now.


Why printing your photos matter Jessica Michelle Photo Long Island Photographer Port Jefferson New York

Grandpa and his comrades and images of Guantanamo being built.


Why printing your photos matter Jessica Michelle Photo Long Island Photographer Port Jefferson New York

The back reads Corpus Christy, Texas 1947 – Grandma is the one on the left in the one of 2 women. The other one reads ” Rodd Field Party – Boy, it was drunk out that day 4-21-52″


Why printing your photos matter Jessica Michelle Photo Long Island Photographer Port Jefferson New York

I can’t get over the light in this one and how young grandma is reads “Mother and Child – Bernard 4 weeks”


Why printing your photos matter Jessica Michelle Photo Long Island Photographer Port Jefferson New York

My mom as a newborn – 6 weeks old and from what I know this was the first time my grandpa was meeting my mom since he was deployed during the time of her birth.


Why printing your photos matter Jessica Michelle Photo Long Island Photographer Port Jefferson New York

I see so much of my little guy in this – my mom about age 2


Why printing your photos matter Jessica Michelle Photo Long Island Photographer Port Jefferson New York

ME and grandpa – this is how I remember my grandparents. This porch was a central hang out at Grandma and Grandpas.

Why printing your photos matter Jessica Michelle Photo Long Island Photographer Port Jefferson New YorkWhy printing your photos matter Jessica Michelle Photo Long Island Photographer Port Jefferson New York

Why printing your photos matter Jessica Michelle Photo Long Island Photographer Port Jefferson New York

Before having a cell phone was a big deal and a way of capturing everything I was always going to photo booths. The color one was from a cross country trip with my husband – we had only known each other for 3 months and he moved cross country … to be with me!


Why printing your photos matter Jessica Michelle Photo Long Island Photographer Port Jefferson New York

You can’t tell but this is a print – and one of my very favorite shots ever of us.

5 Comments on “Why printing your photos matter -Jessica Michelle Photo – Port Jefferson, NY

  1. This is a great collection of memories. Memories that wouldn’t be able to be shared if they had not have been printed!! So very very important!! Good job!!

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  2. I couldn’t agree more! So good to have those pictures actually in hand! Hang them up, put them in books and give them to family! So many wonderful memories!

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  3. I love this post and you so much!! I love having prints around the house and seeing the life we’ve created. Its such a beautiful thing to hold on to and look back at.

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  4. I love this post and you so much!! I love having prints around the house and seeing the life we’ve created. Its such a beautiful thing to hold on to and look back at.

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