Printing your photos has got to be hands down one of the most important things you should do once either you have taken it yourself with your trusted iPhone or you just received your digital gallery and pick out your favorite images from your professional photographer.
What happens to all those awesome iPhone and Andriod photos you have stored away on your phone, the cloud or your SIM card? Do you print them? Most likely not, but don't feel bad because you are just like everyone else these days.
They get locked away in our trusted phones, shares on social media maybe but what if you accidently drop your phone into the sink filled with soapy water. The bag of rice trick doesn’t work and you suddenly remember that you didn’t back-up those photos to iCloud.
Any chances of retrieving your photos are gone, Forever!
Do you remember how many times have you sat on the couch with your grandparents or parents and looked at old family albums? They were practically filled with beautiful black and white images and color photos of your family during the holidays, your aunties birthday and your dads graduation.
Unfortunately, my generation, your generation and regrettably, generations to come don’t quite have that advantage.
Pictures are often left to perish on our iPhones, smart phones, androids, SIM cards and even thumb drives. Leaving us with nothing to hold between our fingertips.
What will you have to show your kids when they’re your age, now?
So how do you get your pictures printed, then? Check out some of the places below.
1) Groovebook – This is an app created for iPhones, iPads, and iPod touch. Upload 100 photos per month to this app and they’ll mail you an album of your photos. The album is 4X6 and each page is perforated so that you can easily tear photos out and slip them into a frame. $2.99 monthly – & shipping already included! Win!
2) Artifact Uprising – Another print app that allows you to easily upload photos from your camera roll or Instagram feed. Created for iPhones, iPads, and iPod touch, this app is free from the Apple Store. Products include square print sets, softcover photo books, wood prints, thank you cards, and wood calendars. Product prices vary, but all of this can be done on your mobile device.
3) Parabro Press – An app similar to Artifact Uprising. This app, however, is available for both Apple and Android users. Upload your photos and choose from square prints, 14 month calendars, newsprints, engineer prints, and more! Prices on products may vary, but this app is free to download. High Five!
Of course, there are other ways to get pictures on to paper without even fooling with a phone or app store. Fuji Film now makes Instax cameras. These cameras come in a variety of models and you can choose from lots of fun colors! Just pop a cartridge of film into one of these bad boys, snap a picture, and voila – instant photo.
If you'd like to go back to your "Good Old Days", go check out a local thrift store for a film camera! They’re totally nostalgic, super fun to play around with, and can sometimes be found for $30 or less. When you’ve used up your whole roll of film, you’re forced to take it/send it off somewhere to get those pictures developed. If you need help finding a place to develop your film, message me!
Photographs can tell a thousand words. Don't forget to print them and share with friends and family. Don't let your memories fade away or get lost away in your phone.
Print your pictures.
Heather J. Keys
Temecula, Murrieta, Wildomar Photographer specializing in YOUR story.