Why Printing your images is important

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Why Printing your images is important

This past weekend I started cleaning out my living room for a yard sale I'll be putting stuff in soon. I was going through all the bins, shelves and stuff I never really take the time to even look at any more. Everything there has become tchotchkes even if they weren't mean to be.

I started digging through an old bin of DVD's and came across CD's labeled "14th Birthday", "Florida Vacation" and "Freshman Year" and more. I had compleatly forgotten I had them and was so excited to see what was on each one that I grabbed my laptop (the only thing in my house that even reads a CD) and popped them in. 

The first couple I went through were fantastic throw backs to a fun vacation my mom, brother and I took to Cider Point. One had evidence of the hot second I was in color guard and another of really bad haircuts and makeup with a side of epic toe socks from my 15th birthday party. It brought back so many moments I had compleatly forgotten about. There were even some I found that had images I thought I had lost, like images of me as a kid with relatives who have since then passed. 

Yep... That's me right in the middle. Pleated skirt and all. 

Who let me have those bangs? COME ON!!!

I swear my brother can swim even though he looks like he's flailing around in the backround of that. 

However, as I kept going through them there seamed to be one thing that was clear. CD's corroded and become unreadable quite quickly. Even if they are protected in sleeves like mine were. ( ps. This is also why I don't offer them  :) )

Since starting photography, I've gained a new found love for printing and being able to hold an actual finished image in your hands that you can show off to y our friends. Something more than just a flash drive or CD. No one is ever impressed by a CD or Flash drive... Trust me. 

Sad face!!! 

Sad face!!! 

This weekends find made it even more clear to me how important it is to print your images out. Even if it's just a 4x6.  The fact that I can no longer see what was on those 7 CD's of images kind of makes my heart hurt. That is my history, things I saw as important and photos of people I knew along the years. 

I bet you're saying... "Well yeah, CD's are kinda crappy anyway. So duh, I'm sure that happened"

Well... My lovely friend. I agree with you (and If I was paying attention I'd have grabbed the images off of them sooner)  but that brings me to another point.  Flash drives will eventually do the same. Maybe not nearly as fast, but they will. 

Even the cloud we store our lives on is bound to go away some day or (Heaven forbid) go offline in some way and we would have nothing left but a wish that we had printed some of them. 

So really what I'm getting at is print the images you think are important and save backups of them some where safe. Don't just go straight to digitals or CD's.  I don't want you feeling the way I did this weekend when I couldn't open the files on my CD's. 



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20 Things To Do This Weekend For Mothers Day


20 Things To Do This Weekend For Mothers Day

Can I get a HELL YES For all the mommas out there?  

Moms, its your day coming up this weekend and there is so many events going on just for you! Not dad.. You! Sorry dad, you have to wait! 

Since it can be a little bit of an overwhelming task to surf the interwebs and try and find out best deals and things dedicated to you, I've decided to do it for you because I know how busy you are and ain't no body got time for that! ( Anyone else sing the song every time they say that?.. Just me? ok.) 

So what's going down in Cincinnati this weekend:

2. The Macaroon Bar is offering a Mothers Day Macarons Class
3. B&B Riverboats
 Mother’s Day Cruise.
4. Say Yes To Jess Mothers Day Brunch. ( Yeah, totally me. I'm having an AMAZING Brunch that you have to check out!)

5. Krohn Conservatory half price admission for moms  10 am-5pm.
6. 7th Asian Food Fest in Washington Park in OTR
7.Mother's Day at Vinoklet Winery Free Wine Tasting and craft show
Family Garden Weekend- Free Pumpkin plant
9. Appalachian Festival at Coney Island
10. Blue Manatee  
Make a Monet for Mama!
11. Beech Acres Park Mom and Son Superhero Dance Friday May 12th 6:30-830 p.m
12. The Great Gatsby at Mariemont Theatre
13. Cincinnati Dinner Train is hosting a special ride just for moms. Every special lady will receive a flower upon boarding

14. TCBY Free Cup of Froyo! 
15. McCormick and Schmick Free Strawberries dipped in chocolate for mom!
16. Hooters is serving up free meals for mom all day!

17.  Mothers Day Valligarphy Work shop by Jen k. Calligarphy
18. Mother + Daugher Yoga and shopping event. 
19. Sunrise Riverboat Yoga
20. Mommy and Me Princess Party

Oh! and a bonus one!

21.  Floralai Mothers Day Pop Up Shop

This list is bound to have something on it that you can attend with any mom!  So Happy Mothers Day to all you mommas out there! May your weekends be amazing and filled with love and fun. 

P.s.. If you had to pick anything on that list to do I'd personally pick number 4... but ya know, that's just me ;) If you needed that link again... Just click here



Two Years old Already? Unique Portrait Session Cincinnati Ohio


Two Years old Already? Unique Portrait Session Cincinnati Ohio

Want to know the coolest thing about being a Photographer?

Is it the fact that you get to do some really cool stuff? no

Maybe the fact that it involves traveling sometimes? nope...

OH! It's totally that I get to sit and edit photos all day in my yoga pants and a tee shirt, right? No. 

Say Yes To Jess| Cincinnati Ohio Family Photographer| 2 Year Old Birthday

All of those things are pretty great! Like really, they are. However, the coolest thing is getting to watch people grow and change. Clients become part of your life when the walk into your studio. You learn about each other and suddenly you're invested in them as they have invested in you.  You get to see them start out their lives or bring new life into the world and its pretty amazing to witness.  

I personally am fortunate to have have families I get to see grow and change every year. They schedule things like birthday portraits or yearly family portraits and its just so cool to see how much each of them has grown since I last saw them, especially their children.  

It's kind of like I have a time capsule of their family made of images. Every time I see them I always find myself going back through the old images we took the years before and lining them up to see how much they have changed. It's always fascinating to me. 

A couple weeks ago I had one of my favorite littles for a "Turning Two" session. I've watched this little boy grow from infant to now 2. It's been so crazy to see how he has changed... and gotten more ok with photos... ok sometimes he's ok with photos. He recently told me to "put it down" at his birthday party and wouldn't open his gifts till I did.  HA! Kid knows what he wants! 

For his session we stopped off at one of his favorite places... His daddies work, to see the diggers. He brought his own so he could help dad get the job done. It was absolutely adorable.  

My favorite thing to do with children is to photograph them while they are playing and boy was he loving it!  He even got to sit in one of them and honk the horn. Talk about kid in a candy shop!

Say Yes To Jess| Cincinnati Ohio Family Photographer| 2 Year Old Birthday

It was such a fun day session and He had a blast!  I still can't even believe he is two. It feels like I was just taking newborn photos of him, trying to get him to stay asleep so I could get a good one. He was not a fan of the sound of the shutter sound and would wake up every time I'd snap a photo.

but like I said, things have changed... sort of. 

Happy 2nd Birthday Trent! I can't wait to see how much you've grown next year! 

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