Storing your Photographs
When you take a photograph or have your photograph taken, there's always a reason. That reason is mostly as a visual reminder. After that moment your photograph becomes a memory which has been visually captured so you can look back on it.
With digital technology we sometimes get so swept up in the concept of documenting our moments that we forget to print them. Printing your photographs gives you a tangible reminder of that moment. Touching a quality photograph no matter the age, brings back memories, even the actual print has a scent of it's own. A digital image can become lost by corruption, deleted accidentally or the USB lost. If you have an image printed and stored correctly you'll be able to refer to it many years down the track and tell young family members about that special moment.
Printing photographs ...
Where and how do you have your photographs printed?
It's important to look for a photo lab that prints archival prints of high quality. This means the paper AND the ink are archival. You may need to ask them to check your colour correction. There are few computer screens that are set at lab specifications but in general most home PC's aren't calibrated for photographs. If you don't ask for colour correction you may be disappointed with your results. I use two New Zealand labs for my personal snaps that I would like to keep for prosperity (my client photographs are printed on Fine Art paper so are printed elsewhere). If you are after reliable archival printing for your photo albums Wellington Photographic Supplies are very good with consistent results, along with Happy Moose in Dunedin.
As a professional photographer, I have client photographs printed on Fine Art paper. This paper is optimal archival quality. However, it's rather pricey to have all your home photographs printed on. Fine art printers are also a little hard to find. I'll be doing a blog about the importance of fine art prints for your family photographs another day. I also have a computer screen which is especially calibrated to my lab so when I print your photographs they look the same as on my screen.
How to store your prints ...
Loose prints ...
Many people become stuck with what to do with loose prints. I recently purchased this archival print box from New Zealand company Conservation Supplies. It comes in various sizes (I like 5" x 7" prints so I selected that box size). There's archival card slips too so you can write what year or event the photographs were taken at. Remember to get an archival photographic pen to write details on the back of the photograph.
These gorgeous archival envelopes are made to fit into the boxes above. They are also perfect for giving your girlfriends a nice gift from a dinner or evening out to add to their photo collection.
Photo albums ...
There are all sorts of photo albums to choose from. There's black and white page albums, book albums both hard and soft cover, and handmade albums. Just be aware to select archival quality albums. The cream page album is a Semikolon album that I had imported from Australia (because I love their look). If you are after something local, any quality photo lab will have a selection although white pages are fairly difficult to source.
There's also book style albums available too. There's many different types to select from so once again look for archival quality albums if you're after photographs to keep forever. All my clients receive Museum Fine Art Flush Mount albums to keep their special family photographs for generations to come. These are stunning and these particular albums are only available to professional photographers.
Make your own album...
When our kids were little I used to make stories for them from an event with photos. They still like looking at them. Make sure you use acid free paper and everything is archival. There's so much choice when it comes to paper that you can design any theme!
Looking for information on how to display your artwork? For more info head over to Ideas on How to Display Artwork in Your Home.
I hope you've received some inspiration and helpful tips on options of how best to keep your photographs safe for future generations.
Caroline is a Family Lifestyle Photographer who loves to document family stories in an emotive and creative way. She enjoys tangibly preserving stories into beautiful albums and framed or boxed artwork
Cooking With Kids
I was far from useful or talented when it came to the kitchen as a kid, I remember Mum coming home just in time to stop me putting salt in the shortbread - I had mistaken it for sugar. Things didn't improve greatly into my 20's either. I cooked my husband to be a focaccia bread that he kindly attempted a few bites. At the end of the meal he suggested that may be the birds might like it. That bread sat outside for a week, not even a rat tackled it. I knew he was a keeper after that though!
When we had kids of our own I decided they were going to learn how to cook ... maybe we kind of learnt together :-) Hopefully if you're stuck for cooking ideas these might inspire you. Be prepared for mess and at times, a little frustration on everyone's part but most of the time, the results are worth it!
Pizza has always been a winner for us! On a winter's day it filled in quite a chunk of time, and once the kids got older they helped each other. This scone base pizza recipe was easy to make and fun to photograph as they put the toppings on!
If we're in a hurry the pre-cooked bases are perfect though! Super quick and easy and still a rewarding feeling that they've cooked dinner.
Baking is always a huge hit! It might well be the thought of licking the bowl afterwards that's rather a good enticement!
I try to get them to do as much as possible themselves even if it is tempting to jump in! Now they are a bit older I am hardly needed, I just get to taste test, my favourite!
These Easter biscuits from the Edmonds cookbook are something the boys look forward to making every year, kind of plain but super yummy and easy to make. Wanting to bake these with your kids ... here's the recipe and remember to photograph some special moments!
Banana cake was one of the first cakes I tackled and it's always so super yummy! We never eat all our bananas before they go brown so they usually get put in the freezer for smoothies or cake. I usually mash them and the kids do the rest. This banana cake has its fair share of chocolate chips so we put plain icing sugar on which made everyone smile ;-) If you want to check out the Edmonds recipe here on banana cake, remember to take a few photographs of your kiddos becoming their own master chefs!
I think these Nigella Lawson's butter cut-out biscuits have been my absolute favourite to watch our youngest bake though, and lots of fun to photograph too! It was the icing that was the fun bit! He baked these during Lockdown (you can see more photos of lockdown here) and had great fun mixing all the colours and designing the decoration.
He layered the icing so he had quite a few different designs! We had red, blue, green, black and icing sugar white so he played all afternoon with his mixes, tints and shades, an artist with an eye for colour!
As a lifestyle photographer it's my passion to photograph these moments. I realise not everyone is as keen as myself but it is worth having a few shots in the album. Over the years their journey can be documented showing the mess to the master chef! And the great thing about baking with your kids is they are learning maths, hand eye co-ordination, and getting fun one on one time with you! Hopefully this blog has given some inspiration to spend time cooking with your kids.
If you'd like a mini session with your chef in the making feel free to get in contact, these are such good moments to have recorded!
Caroline is a Family Lifestyle Photographer who loves to document family stories in an emotive and creative way. She enjoys tangibly preserving stories into beautiful albums and framed or boxed artwork.