“We take photos as a return ticket to a moment otherwise gone.”

Our family takes a lot of pictures. Not because we like seeing ourselves plastered all over the place, but because pictures are memories for me. I have never really journaled until more recently, and in a lot of ways, I think it was because photos were a journal for me. I could look at a photo and tell you exactly how I was feeling or what I was going through or experiencing at that exact moment. I find myself frequently going through old photos, reminiscing about those memories we made together as a family – good ones and even bad ones.

Because of the strong emotions and memories pictures are for us, we frequently get them printed. I think its important in a digital age, to still have quality photographs in your house. I shared a blog post a while back, about Social Print Studio and the high quality prints they make. We teamed up with them a to get some larger images to display in our home, and they turned out better than I could have hoped for. The two larger prints symbolize two very important and fond memories for both of us.

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The first (top) photo was taken outside of the Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room in Seattle. I was there on business and Ian had tagged along to take a mini vacation with me afterwards. Ian had just started his own company and we were 13 weeks pregnant with Cove. Only our immediate family and best friends knew at that time. As we were walking (I, by the way, was having a really hard time with sickness on this very street), we looked down and saw this quote plastered on the side walk. We both grabbed each others hand and Ian snapped a photo. So many things had led us to that exact point in our lives. Some really really crappy things and some incredibly beautiful things, but most of all, our passion. It’s a memory I never want to forget.

The second (bottom) image was taken almost nine months before that. We had just landed in California and drove to Crystal Cove State Park to see the beach Ian’s parents frequented with him when he was just a baby. Both of us were speechless. Something about that beach and that sunset made us reflect on our lives together and the beauty of creation all around us. It was one of our favorite trips together, and part of where our son’s name comes from. Another moment I never want to forget.

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Along with the two larger photos we had printed, we also got some giant photostrips. These are awesome. Both are memories that we celebrated as a family of three: Cove’s first trip to the beach and a #SundaywiththeSchneiders day. We have one hung with a metal clip in our bedroom, and the other hanging in our hallway. These are so much fun, and they are a great price!

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If you are looking to print small or large, I highly recommend checking them out. They also have a really great app where you can send photo cards through the mail for only $1.99. We have sent a few already, and they have been hits among friends and family.

You can even use the below code to get $5 off your order here:

Thanks again to SPS for the great products for this post! 🙂  

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