Today, I had a "why you should print your work" moment, and I'm going to share it.
Let me take you through my home: you walk through the living room, and there are two large portraits of my family. Walk around to my dining room and kitchen, and the walls are clean and bare. At some point, we'll put something there, but we haven't decided what.
On the way up the stairs and into the bedroom of my kids, the walls are completely decorated - art (theirs and mine), pictures of our family, letters from the tooth fairy. Their walls are chaos. The master bedroom has four printed images. Two portraits of my husband and I hang over the bed. I don't notice them much anymore. On the adjacent wall, two fine art prints. Part of a (future) series of ten; four are complete; three are in progress; three have yet to be photographed at all.
Those two prints are what starts conversations when I have clients over to the studio for shoots. I love doing photography in that beautiful window seat, and it just occurred to me today that - every time - clients comment about those two images. They're different. They're powerful. They *make me feel* powerful.
When I wake up in the morning, it's those two images (that I shot and modeled for) I see. I remember the woman I was in those times, and I feel strong, confident, seeing the progress I've made.
I need to print more of my work. I print all the time for clients, but I need to follow what I preach and put more art up on my own walls. It's important. If for no other reason than how our own image can make us feel when we see it. It's a reminder of what we can be, or who we dream to be. It's encouragement that that person isn't just a dream - but someone we truly can be.
I want more art on my walls.
For those interested in seeing my fine art editing process, check out the post about When The Sun Rises.