It may surprise you to hear this (or not…), but I remember very clearly the era before digital photography. I had an SLR up until it got stolen on my year abroad in uni, so until I was 22. That was in 2006. I have a huge box full of printed photos – I used to go to the Chester Camera Centre with my stash of Ilford films, wait patiently for 3-5 days and then pay sometimes a small fortune to get the photos back…it was a slow process, but so exciting.
As much as I love digital photography – Instagram is my favourite app, and I have owned a Nikon D40 for 8 years now – I miss printing my photos. I know i’m not the only one who is guilty of keeping hundreds of photos on their computer, or Facebook account, only to look at them every now and again. I used to love the anticipation of getting a set of photos back from the camera shop, never quite knowing how they would turn out.
I love looking through them every now and again. Taking a trip down memory lane, and rotating the photos we have out already, replacing them with new ones.
As well as having a load of photos stored on my phone, computer and Facebook account, I have hundreds of photos in my Instagram account – 668 at the last count. It’s my visual diary. Scrolling through the photos is a bit like flicking through the ‘real’ photos, except a lot less satisfying.
This is where Inkifi comes in. I have used a service called Polagram to print my Instagram photos before, and to be fair it was a good, quick service. However when Inkifi got in touch to ask me to review their prints, I couldn’t say no. Not only do they boast using 100% sustainable materials, but the quality of their products is incredibly important to them.
“All our products are printed on premium, smooth fine art paper with a natural, matte finish that really brings out the character of your images.
We have worked hard to source beautiful materials for you that only have a minimal impact on the environment. All of our products have now been officially approved by FSC, the Forest Stewardship Council.”
“It’s so important to us that you can buy our products in the safe knowledge that they have been produced in an environmentally-friendly way. We are convinced that being kind to nature is not only a complete necessity in order to preserve our most precious and delicate planet but also a huge benefit to the design of our products. You can literally feel the difference when you touch something made from sustainable materials – it just feels better in your hands, softer, more organic and somehow more alive; as if each print or frame has its own story to tell you – which of course, it does.”
It took me a while to decide what to get printed. As I said, it was about 4 months ago that I got the other photos printed, so I didn’t just want to repeat what i’d already gotten printed.
Instead, I went with a theme, and decided on a colour scheme: blues, greens and natural settings. So I printed my pictures of the sky, pretty architecture and shots of the sea/water. I ordered 24 prints.
I decided to go with the Square prints in order to arrange them all nicely like in the photos…ha! No seriously, I actually find they look nicer square. I also took the conscious decision to only print the photos that were square, as opposed to the ones where i’d used another app (such as Squaready) to make them narrow in height or width. I wanted one unified, seamless look.
So, all in all i’m really happy with my new Inkifi prints. The quality really is great, and they look so pretty. It’s so nice having printed photos, and I’m really glad I went with a theme, too. I would definitely recommend doing that if you’re overwhelmed with which photos you should print.
Next on my wish list is the Instagram Poster Print, I might make that one travel-themed…
I’d love to know if you get your photos printed, too! Let me know in the comments, or get in touch.
Big love <3
This post was made possible thanks to Inkifi.