I don’t do a lot of portraits but if I can get a photo of a person or something that I thing they would enjoy, I’ll get it printed and share it with them. It is a nice thing to be able to do given the skill set I have to make and edit images. And for me it is easy… at home in the US where I can easily go to a local lab or use a mail order service.
It is a different story here. I can spend an hour on the bus going to a true photography shop. Instead, I’ve been going to a copy shop near school that requires me to print an entire 8.5 X 11 inch sheet. They do a good job but I have to wait until I have four photos for 3.5 x 5 inch prints and format them to print on a single page. Then I bring the flash drive there and they print it. Their paper cutter is broken, so I bought a ruler and utility knife to separate the images.
People really like receiving these little gifts. Think about it. If it is this challenging for me, then how often do local people get photos printed. It likely does not happen often. My guess is that something that is a nice gesture back home is more significant here.
I printed this for Wendy. She was just sitting there and smiled at me. I clicked the shot. No posing, nada.