I’ve been a mom for over 13 years and during that time I have taken A LOT of photos. So many that I get a lecture regularly on the amount of storage we require to keep our photos all stored, safe and sound, on external hard drives and in the cloud. I learned the hard way that having a photo backup plan is a must. The truth is, I know that I may be the only one who will ever see the majority of my photos. I mean, who else is going to obsessively take the time to scroll through row after row of thousands upon thousands of photos buried on a pile of hard drives? Other than a reminiscent mother like myself, of course. With this in mind, I decided a few years ago that living a completely digital life was not a good option for me. Printing photos was something I hadn’t done in years, and I was ready to get back to it.
This post contains affiliate links. For more information, please see my affiliate disclaimer here. Once I decided that printing my photos was a must, I started weeding through my options. I knew that to make this work for me, it had to be a quick and easy solution. I am a mom of three and my time is scarce, to say the least. I started by trying out a few different printing companies. While the quality was excellent, the time that it took for me to upload and place my order, as well as the high shipping costs, was all just a total bummer and didn’t quite fit what I was looking for.
Printing My Photos From Home
After loads of research, I became intrigued by the idea of printing my photos from home. Y’all, to say that I am super picky about quality would be a huge understatement. From the beginning, I was sort of a skeptic and didn’t fully believe that printing from home would be an ideal solution for me. How would printing from home ever give me the results that I could get if I ordered my photos from a commercial printer? It sounded a little too good to be true. But the more I read, the more I started to succumb to the idea that printing my photos from home could actually be a good option for me. So, after much deliberation, I decided to take the plunge and purchase a photo printer.
Best Photo Printer On The Market?
It’s no surprise that I gravitated towards the Canon printers from the very beginning, primarily because I am familiar with Canon products as a whole. I am a Canon shooter. I have been since I started my photography journey many years ago. Can we take a moment to appreciate my sincere love for my Canon 6D? I am and will forever be smitten. Anyways, don’t get me started. You can read more about my camera and what’s in my camera bag here. I also couldn’t help but notice the outpouring of positive reviews for the Canon Pixma Pro 100. I am a researcher by nature so after approximately 7 hours of reading (yes, I kept track), I was all in. The day I received my printer, the first thing that came to mind was, “WOW…this printer is HUGE.” I mean, seriously, it’s not your everyday all-purpose printer, y’all. But as a hobbyist photographer and lover of photos, I didn’t care. I was just so excited for the potential of being able to hold my treasured photos in my hands and to be able to print my photos on the fly.
The Results Are In…
I immediately put my tech-savvy husband to work setting it all up while I sat impatiently on standby, waiting to see what this printer could do. Y’all, I’m not going to lie, as I watched that first print come to light, I nearly cried. I kid you not. It was a big, beautiful photo of my son’s freckled face and it was jaw-dropping. The quality was better than I ever dreamed it would be. The colors were divine, and I was deemed speechless. That is until I called my sister (also a hobbyist photographer) and told her to get to my house stat so she could see my new prints as well. Let’s just say, her printer was ordered and on its way to her house in less than 24 hours.
Y’all, I can not recommend this printer enough. It has truly changed my life. Now my boys sit reminiscing about memories while flipping through albums full of photos that used to sit solely on dust collecting hard drives. And it is truly a beautiful sight for a photo lover like myself. Best decision I ever made was to start PRINTING MY PHOTOS. Do you print your family photos? If so, do you use a commercial printing company or do you print your photos from home?
Holly is a 42 year old wife and mom to 3 boys, from Nashville, Tennessee. She is a hot tea lover, book reader, journal keeper, Pinterest pinner, podcast listener, y’all sayer, self-taught graphic designer, hobbyist photographer, writer and dreamer of all things big and small. You can find all of her ramblings here at Blu Nest Bloom.