The last few months, I’ve been growing more and more passionate about something that most people tend to ignore. It’s become such a big part of the reason that I do what I do, so it obviously deserves a blog post.
We are such a technology based society. We have so many different types of digital cameras: smartphones, tablets, laptops and desktops with webcams, point and shoot cameras, DSLRs, and more… I think it’s safe to say that if you’re reading this, you likely have at least one camera within arm’s reach. Am I right?
Now, pick up your smartphone and open up your photo gallery. How many photos do you have on your phone? My number? A little over four thousand. Let that sink in for a moment. Four thousand images on my phone. Do you know how many I have printed from it? Less than four hundred. Less than 10%. If I were to drop my phone in the sink, if my baby were to throw it in the dog bowl, if my preschooler dropped it out of the jogging stroller while I was on a run, if it got stolen (or the more likely, I put it down somewhere and walked away…) 90% of those photos would be gone. Sure, a lot of them are on Facebook, a handful of them have been saved to my computer… But so many of my photos would be gone. Forever.
So, what’s your number? How many photos do you have on your phone? How many are printed? To take it a step further, how many photos are on your computer, or your Facebook, or your Instagram? How many photos would be gone if all technology failed tomorrow. I know I’d be pretty devastated.
So many memories would be lost. I love looking back at old photos, remembering the best of the times, and reflecting on the worst of times, looking at my growth as a photographer, not to mention as a wife and mother. Someday, I want to pass down these photos to my children, so they can look through them with their own kids and talk about mom’s crazy hair in 2016, or those fantastic trends from the 90’s. I want them to look back at the photos of our adventures across the country and see the places they’ve been, even if they were too young to remember. I want them to cherish these moments the way I do.
But none of this can happen if these photos aren’t printed. Technology fails. More frequently, technology changes. How many of us have floppy discs that aren’t usable anymore… not because there’s something wrong with them, but because we can’t find a drive to read them? How many of us don’t have disc drives on our computers at all? Sooner or later, the USB drive will pass, the SD card will pass, even the cloud will pass. Then what? What happens to those photos? Poof. Gone.
So friends, print your pictures. Print the ones you have done professionally, but especially print the ones of every day life, whether they’re from your cell phone or a “fancy camera.” Photograph and print the memories you want to pass on. Photograph and print your daily routine. Photograph and print milestones, changes, adventures, and everything else that matters. Because someday they’ll matter to someone else too.
I’m so happy to say that in the last sixty days, I’ve printed over four hundred photos for my family. I’m playing catch up from years ago, but I’m making progress. Up next? It’s time to find and transfer photos from 2010-2014 to get them printed too. But in the mean time, here’s a tiny look at the last three months of our lives:
God bless ♥︎ Victoria