Enjoy Every Moment

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My phone alerted me the other day that I’ve almost used up all 16GB. Aside from the time I accidentally synced Beyonce’s new album (in which each song comes with a video) to my phone that has never happened before.

What changed? I had a baby and couldn’t stop taking photos of him. This is no surprise to you if you follow my Instagram account. But for every photo posted there there are hundreds more that are never shared. Taking photos of my baby has become almost a compulsion. And at times I annoy myself with the need to document rather than just living in the moment. But I realized, it’s not the photos themselves but the act of taking them that is proof to me that I am not taking this time for granted. The action of snapping a picture takes me out of the moment to recognize that I am in fact enjoying it. A catch-22 at it’s finest.

I may be late to the game but I only recently discovered PostalPix – an app that lets you order prints direct from your phone. Every time I go to clear images off my phone I simply upload a few to PostalPix for printing and a few days later have quality prints delivered to my door. As much as I love capturing and sharing online I like the sentiment that real prints offer – physical proof that we were here and that we loved big time.

P.S. This is not a sponsored post – if there is a phone-to-print service you like even better let me know! I’m really wanting a service that offers magnets made out of my Instagram snaps to cover my fridge with. 

  1. I agree! I often wondered that about taking so many photos when I travel. I compared how I felt on a trip where I took hardly any photos and one where I took my normal (insane) amount. I concluded that focusing on a view or person or object helped me experience them more deeply :) I don’t think you could ever have too many photos your baby!

  2. Kim

    Social Print Studio (out of San Fran) does the magnets and tiny magnetic books. They’re small enough to stuff inside an Easter egg! I also ordered a huge Instagram poster from them and was so impressed with the ease of ordering and the quality.

  3. beth

    Sticky9.com. instagram magnets

    • beth

      That is sticky9.com without the extra .

  4. Heather

    That’s good to know about PostalPix. I’ve only used Printic so far and they send you a polaroid type print out. The quality isn’t bad, but I’d like to find something with a slightly higher quality since I also take a ton of photos of my kids. It’s nice to be able to flip through my phone gallery when I’m missing the kids at work.

  5. Jensen

    artifact uprising is great for prints. they’re a little pricier, but the quality is worth it. you can also make cool little books with them!

  6. I use CollectPhoto and Persnickety Prints. Love both of them. And, yes, it’s so hard not to fill up a phone. Mine has to be copied to the computer frequently!

  7. Denise

    I just found out if you download the snapfish app you can get 100 free photos every month for a year. A good deal I think and I will finally have done something with the pictures I take.

  8. thenik

    Yes, yes, yes. To all of this.

  9. Andi

    What an awesome app!

  10. Audrey

    Fox seems like a happy muse. I use Social Print Studio as well, and I love it. You can order straight from your camera roll or Instagram account on your phone. And there are even more print options on their website, without losing the ease of accessing your photos. I’m guessing you’ve probably seen the 4×4″ white-edged square prints on our fridge — the heavy weight paper is what sold me. They make a great sturdy (and adorable) bookmark too.

    Thanks for the reminder to get a few more printed today!

  11. SusanA

    My mom just gave my sister and I each a box of photos from our growing up years. On almost every photo, she’d written little stories about all our firsts, funny things we said, things we liked or didn’t like, things we all did together…anything. I know there are a dozen ways to document our lives electronically these days, but there really is something special about holding a print in our hands, especially one with part of our life story handwritten on it. I like the sentiment too, Kathleen.

  12. I don’t even have a baby as an excuse, and I’m always filling up my phone with photos even though I only ever share a handful.

    I’ll echo a previous commenter about Social Print Studio — http://printstagr.am/ — I’ve ordered from them multiple times and always gotten quality prints on a quick turnaround. They are a nice heavy cardstock with a non-glossy finish and come in a range of sizes or formats, including magnets.

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