Wedding & lifestyle photography

Asheville, North Carolina

Amber Hatley Photography

portraits by: Brittany Thomas Photography

Athens GA Wedding Photographer, Printing Photographs

I have to be honest when I say this blog post is for me as much as it is for you. Even as a professional wedding photographer I can let a year go by before I am printing photographs or creating an album to document a special time in my our lives. It’s impossible to deny that we live in a digital world. Technology is amazing and while I’m thankful for it, I think it is important to take a step back and keep some things timeless, like printed photographs.

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From the moment I wake up until the time I go to sleep I am pretty much attached to something electronic. Our generation is glued to our smartphones, tablets and computers. I will be bored for one second and what do I do?! — look at my phone because what else would I possibly do for that one minute? It’s ridiculous. I literally have to tell myself to stop or it easily becomes a habit. I hate to be bored and my phone can easily keep me distracted. Next thing I know, 30 minutes have passed and I’ve really done nothing. I get so mad at myself in those moments. I could have been a lot more productive with my life for 30 minutes. I could lie and say I am usually reading my devotional or listening to a podcast in those 30 minutes… but no, I’m most likely flipping through photos on Instagram or Facebook. Comparing myself to other women, other photographers. Comparing my life, marriage, home. I could write a whole blog post about that so I’ll save that for another time. Between sharing images on social media sites such as Instagram, Facebook or an online gallery – most of our images are online and they stay there. Forever. Never to be printed.

Why do we do this, why do we no longer practice printing photographs?

Amber Hatley Photography

portraits by: Claire Diana Photography

Photography is an art that preserves a feeling or emotion and captures intimate moments. Photographs deserve to be printed, displayed on a wall for all to see. Photographs deserve to be touched, passed around and shared with loved ones for generations to come. Amber Hatley Photography

I truly believe the art of film and printing photographs has not died with the digital era. It has become something we put on the back burner because unlike film, we don’t have to print the photographs to see them. We can save them digitally and keep them there forever telling ourselves that one day we will get around to hanging those family portraits on the walls. Only to let years go by and the photographs are still there, on the hard drive, waiting to be printed. By this time, new family members have arrived so it’s time for a new photo session and the cycle continues. Friends, print your photos!! There is something so sweet about being able to hold a photograph in your hands verses clicking through an online gallery. I’m not belittling online galleries. I provide them for all of my clients. I love the digital age and I love having my photos on my iPhone – but I love the photos printed in my home so much more. Images were never meant to hide behind a screen. They should be printed, shared and cherished.

Amber Hatley Photography