Every Summer has a Story to Print
Are you back from your summer holiday and facing school and work? Is the sea or mountain air feeling like a lifetime away? If you are having trouble remembering those bonding moments and what it was like to be a family, you might need a little help. Happily the photographic product company Bonusprint believes ‘every summer has a story’ and can help you recapture yours and keep it forever. We’ve partnered with Bonusprint to bring you this #proudtoprint story….
Don’t let summer languish in your phone
How many photographs do you take while you are on holiday? And how many sit on your phone until the end of time or until they are deleted to make space for the Christmas family photos? If you are a regular, busy family your summer photos are probably filed under ‘last summer’, never to be seen again. But it doesn’t have to be like that. Your photos can be a daily source of inspiration.
Remember your summer story
Years ago we decided to print up one image a year from our travels. We usually do this at the end of the year when the sunlight almost hurts our eyes. As I’m not big on redecorating, I’m confident these prints will stay on the wall for many years, if not for ever. They are a lasting reminder to make time for family and seek out opportunities for fun together in the school holidays. They are also a reminder of how much everyone has grown.
Bonusprint believes every summer has at least one story that should be captured and displayed in the home as a print or wall art, a sizeable, visible and lasting reminder of the kids at the age they are now, with all their personalities and quirks.
Our best #proudtoprint moment
So why put your kids on the wall in the age of the smartphone and Instagram? Let me tell you about one of our #proudtoprint moments. Five years ago, when the kids were approximately half their height, we took a family photo on the beach near Amsterdam. We will never forget it as the wind whipped around our cheeks and the broken clam shells threatened our bare feet and I picked up Hannah and her dolly and we hugged for the camera. But it’s not because that particular moment was particularly emotional or it was an amazing beach. It’s because we relive that instant of togetherness ten times a day through the image on the wall of the breakfast room. It has also become special through people seeing it and asking about it. (It was the start of our cycling adventure from Amsterdam to Venice.) In short, it has become part of the canvas of our family history, woven tightly into legend.
Recreating the moment
Recently we went back with the children and tried to set up the same shot. It wasn’t an easy family selfie. For a start all the kids are now giants. Hannah weighs a ton and at ten years old doesn’t even possess a dolly, let alone the dolly from a trip a handful of years ago. And the clam shells seem to have got more vicious over time, sticking in our feel like splinters. But yet again the act of capturing that moment brought us together and when we print it up it will no doubt play its part in family history. (If you’d like some advice on how to best capture one of those summer moments then read this post on how to take smarter and more striking family snaps.)
Review of our Print
Bonusprint invited us to try out a voucher to review their service. The ordering process was simple and only took a few minutes although it took us hours to choose the shot. There are lots of product options from canvas and acrylic wall prints to photo books, greetings cards, calendars and even mobile phone covers. For £80 (including shipping to our UK address) we opted to add a large canvas print to add to our inspiration wall and also ordered some personalised greetings cards. The canvas print is sharp and good quality and the cards are great too, with envelopes included. It all arrived promptly to the right address. If ordering a canvas print, remember to check carefully the safe zones as the production process does fold some of the print around the frame affecting what you can see on the finished print. Our print looks great on the wall. At 80 x60 cm it’s very imposing. In fact so big that Cameron’s head in the shot is bigger than his head in real life! Not that he minds.
Why not print your summer story
You don’t have to choose a canvas print or even anything for your wall; there are loads of innovative products in the Bonusprint range including things like mobile phone holders. Why not go take a look and let us know what you’d print to tell your summer story. I just know my Mother and Mother in law will love the greetings cards. I may even do that Prime Minister thing and send them out as Christmas cards!
Disclosure Note: This post is brought to you in a collaboration with Bonusprint who provided us with a voucher to review their service and paid us to design and run a Voucher Giveaway. The opinions expressed and photography are, as ever, entirely our own.