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Memories Matter

Okay, I know you're probably thinking that you can't afford quality photography, you'll just use your phone and print them yourself, you don't have time for a photo session, blah blah blah. I get it. Photography is expensive, and it does take time. But, can I take a minute and tell you the value that photographs have had throughout my life?

My mom, like most, was always taking photos, but unlike many she was always printing them as well. Yes, she took her own, but I have also had my photo professionally taken countless times growing up. And there's prints on the wall in my parent's house to prove it. We had so many albums I would sift through over and over as a child. Instead of scrolling on Instagram looking at everyone else's life happen I was remembering the blessings of mine.

Maybe it's just me, but I'd bet you love looking through old photographs, not on your phone, but in an album/book you can hold in your hand. A book you can keep on a shelf or coffee table easily accessible for when you need the warm fuzzies that memories bring. 

Is it worth the time and money? You tell me.

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If you ask anyone close to me, they will tell you that I don't really keep much. I throw away just about everything. Except photographs. Ever since I was little I loved collecting photographs for scrapbooking. I have one from when I was younger, and a specific one from my high school years. I love being able to hold a photograph in my hand.

Top middle: My favorite graduation gift. An album my mom put together of photographs from my entire childhood. 
Bottom Middle: Scrapbook of all the places I traveled in college. 
Left: At Matt and I's wedding we had a book at each table for the table number. Everyone wrote kind words or advice, and on that wedding anniversary we read them. I get about 25 photos from that year printed and tape them in the back of the book. 
Right: A box of misc photos from the past 8 years, college, Matt & I, trips, family & friends.

So, yes I would love to take your photos, but it's not just because I need to eat, it's because I truly believe that memories matter. 

 

 

So, you had your session, got the gallery, and now you have loads of beautiful digital images. Now what? A lot of people never get around to getting their images printed, because they don't know where to start. Here are three ideas you can use in your own home or even office!

All photos shared are from our wedding day by Rachel Burkhart Photography.
*This post is not sponsored by the companies listed. 


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Prints - Okay, I know you're thinking, "duh", but stick with me here. You could just go to Walgreens orrrr you could try this. One of my favorite ways to print images is square. I love Social Print Studio. One, they have a few different sizing options, two, their pricing is great on a budget, and three, you can pull images right from your Instagram account. #easypeasy

A tradition I have is to order 24 prints at the end of each year, with images that illustrate that year. 

DIY Frame - This one's for you if you love DIY projects less than $30! I got this digital image from our wedding printed at Staples on a banner material for $19.

  •  4 wood blocks cut about 2 inches longer than the print I chose (they'll do that for you at Lowe's if you ask).
  •  2 hook screws
  • wood glue or nails
  • Twine.

You can use wood glue to fasten the banner to the wooden frame (two for each end), but I placed the banner between two pieces and nailed them together. Screw a hook on each side, tie your twine, then find the perfect spot. BOOM.

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Canvas Prints - Now, usually these can be pretty darn pricey, but I have a serious life hack; GROUPON. I got both of these canvas prints for $40 on Groupon. I was a little worried about the print/color quality but, they turned out great. There are a few different companies on there, my only advice is to always check the reviews!