While I was growing up, and most of you reading this, everything was printed. We bought film for our cameras and sent it in to be developed. We bought disposable cameras by the truck load for wedding guests and family vacations. Those images were printed. No matter what, we couldn't wait to see what was captured and put them in an album to look at for years to come.
They brought out the stories of that time.
"Look here, this when I worked at Custer State Park and there was this ornery pony that was just our mascot, each of us wranglers had to take a turn and see who could stay on. "
I love these memories. The stories behind all of these photos I have in a box, or in mini albums. Some I have to wait to share with my kids when they are older ;-) But most I can share now.
Life before mom and dad were mom and dad.
I have inherited my love of photographs from my father and his father. My goal this year is to collect as many photographs of them taking photographs that I can.
I appreciate the fact that people want digital images. I know that sharing via social media is important now for families miles apart, like mine. What breaks my heart is those that never get printed. Or that are printed on paper that will not last the test of time.
When your children are older, who knows where we will be with technology. Disks will be obsolete I'm sure. USB drives may still be working, but we won't know for sure.
When you want to share the images that were capture of your family, and your computer crashes. Then what?
I want each of you to know. If you lose your photos in an unforeseen circumstance (I've seen it before), I will ALWAYS have your images. ALWAYS. Please print them. Show them off. Feel them. Carry them with you. Hang them on your wall. Have an album made. Have something to show your children and grandchildren. Not a digital file.
I LOVE to print photos. LOVE it! It's like Christmas when I receive my client's photos in the mail.
Print print print. One hundred years from now, it's what you have to remember these moments, to help tell the stories.
We aren't here forever.