Girl, I have been there: you put in a ton of work and you want to scoop up all the images that you worked so hard for. After all, you put in a ton of work to make a photo session happen – the online shopping, the outfits ironed and waiting, the perfect timing of snacks so kids arrive crumb-free, the bribing of the husband who might otherwise like to be doing ANYTHING other than photo shooting on a Saturday. You want the good stuff, and so you think: “I’ll just get ALL the digitals and that way, I win!”
But here is the reality:
Getting digital images from your shoot is a Starting Line, not a Destination.
I have worked with lots and lots of moms through the years and here is what usually happens, for most people:
STAGE ONE: ALBUM HOPEFULNESSS … FOLLOWED BY WEEPING AND GNASHING OF TEETH
Most of my mom clients, depending on the age of their child, have either a shoebox of photos somewhere or a junk drawer filled with CD’s and thumb drives of images. MOST of my moms have, at one point, thought:
“And THIS year, I will cull through those images, design an album online and print that album for the holidays! Gifts for all! Memories! Hooray!”
But then … the pot on the stove boils over, the kids need to go to practice and the dryer beeps! The culling, the sorting, the uploading and the drag and dropping – what seemed like a totally pleasant ‘one glass of wine’ task becomes the 2nd job, with a tight holiday printing deadline.
It becomes NO FUN to do the thing you thought would bring you the most joy! At this point, you either abandon ship or scale down to one or two small 8x10s in a frame.
I have seen this with lots of moms: having the images, in great quantity, actually produces LESS artwork, album-making and joy.
STAGE TWO: FULL THROTTLE PINTERESTING. EXUNT ALL, CURTAIN DOWN, SILENCE IN THE THEATER
Many moms adore the thought of their walls filled with family imagery and memories. But, the big thing I hear the most from all my moms is that it’s totally overwhelming to even think about curating all the years of photos for each wall, sizing, placement, matting, framing … much less making it happen in between soccer, ballet, homework and just generally keeping the children alive.
When moms talk to me about their past shoots, they often say:
“If only I could get those past shoots onto my walls…”
They have made the mood board, and seen what they might like to do on Pinterest, but that’s literally all they have time for. The artwork is never realized because …. life!
STAGE THREE: THE BURDEN OF EVERY CHILD ON EVERY WALL
Finally, the giant myth of Wall Guilt. A lot of moms think that every wall must have photos of every child. This is totally unnecessary. Momma, you will not send your child into therapy if there is a big photo of Billy on one wall and nothing else. I’d recommend an even spread throughout the home, yes. However, Suzy and Billy can have different ‘moments’ throughout your décor.
This is especially true if we got a total stunner of Lily twirling in the lavender field, or on the horsie or snuggling with grandma. Let her have her moment on her own wall! That capture deserves to be a stand-alone portrait — and, of course, Billy can have his own, too.
The BIG answer is: The art project must be done NOW so you can enjoy it, but not by you.
I wish I could magically think of a potion that would give moms back their time, plus all the rest and relaxation. Since I don’t have a science lab or the magic spell to do that.
SO, I’ve got a couple of solutions for you. Follow my easy guides for getting art on the walls, or, girl, just let me do the work for you. I am set up, I have the resources, the years of knowledge and the equipment (screen color calibrator, anyone?) to do what you really don’t have time or volition to do because you handle so many other things.
Either way, let’s get those images out of digital purgatory onto your walls!