I find that for most moms, taking the photos isn't the problem. We're all great at hoarding photos on our phones, cameras and hard drives. The problem is getting those special moments off our devices and into our lives!
The problem with hoarding photos on our devices - or even with just simply sharing them on social media - is that our kids never see them. And the whole point of taking photos of the kids is to share our family legacies with them. How are we going to do that if they never get to see all these beautiful images we're taking!?!
As with most things in life, my motto for printing out photos is, 'done is better than perfect'! I would rather have some photos printed and in the hands of my kiddos or on the walls of home rather than none at all. Sure, I could spend months perfectly editing each image or orchestrating the perfect gallery wall, but done is better than perfect!
Below are my top three resources for getting your photos into your life!
PRINTS / STAND OUTS / CARDS
This is hands down my favorite site for printing basic prints (4x6, 5x7, 8x10, etc.). They are the consumer grade subsidiary of the professional print lab that I use for my clients and I couldn't be happier with their products. As you spend more time investing in your photos (editing them, etc.) you'll begin to see a major difference in the quality of prints. Sure, it's super convenient to upload your images to one hour photo at Wal-Mart or Walgreens, but the quality you get is what you pay for. And for not much more you could get beautiful prints from MPix. I highly recommend!
I also LOVE MPix for making photo cards - from Christmas to thank you cards. It's such a fun, personalized way to send greetings to friends and family.
They also have a great app that allows you to print great quality photos directly from your phone. It's called Tap To Print and I love it!
Each year I make a family yearbook of all of our family photos. Blurb makes this process so much fun and I LOVE getting the finished product in the mail! I love the quality and price of the books I get from Blurb and I love that I can squeeze so many pages in them. They offer options to create your book via their album design tool, or to upload your Adobe InDesign files - both super simple and easy to use!
CANVAS WALL PRINTS
This is my favorite place to have canvases printed for around our house. They are super professional looking and great quality, but for a fraction of the price of canvases elsewhere!
Whatever you do, just get some photos printed! Your kids will love having photos in their life and they may even be more inclined to willingly participate for you the next time your camera is out!
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