Print your photos.
Photographs are meant to be printed. Photographs are meant to tell the story and you just can't get the same effect from a Facebook post. I can't stress enough the importance of having real, tangible photographs. Hard drives fail. Discs get scratched. Phones break. God forbid anything happen to your technology, because everyone knows how convenient it is to have everything at your fingertips these days, but having your photographs printed on real paper is something to cherish.
I stress the importance of prints because I know first hand how valuable they can be. Growing up, I didn't really have a lot of photographs to remember my childhood. I was always disappointed about that, and as I began my venture into photography, I used to joke about how I wished I had someone following me around telling my story the same way I did for my clients.
When I was 22 years old, my father passed away unexpectedly. It was my duty to put together a nice slideshow with photographs in his memory, and in searching for photos, I found dozen of boxes at my grandmothers house, overflowing with hundreds of photographs from years past. It was nothing short of incredible. These were photographs that I didn't even know existed! Photographs from my grandparent's wedding, photographs of my father growing up, photographs of my own childhood...it was amazing. I've since acquired these photographs, and it means the world to me that I now have something to tell my story long after I'm here to tell it myself.
I challenge all of my clients to invest in tangible items. Heirloom wedding albums and archival print collections are just a few of the products I offer, but they are important!
If you're interested in the importance of leaving something behind, check out this amazing documentary that delves into the mysterious life of a street photographer in NYC who inadvertently left behind over 100, 000 photographs to tell her story. http://www.findingvivianmaier.com/