It occurred to me the other day that with the advancement of technology, (yes, it can be a good thing) that the majority of our population doesn’t quite value memories like we used to. Taking pictures for example. We all now have the latest and greatest cameras on our phones, which is great, yet all these photos go to some storage place…hard drives, computers,the cloud (don’t get me started on the cloud). If you’re like me they are rarely ever printed and rarely ever found again.
Starting this business, we clearly have a passion for people’s memories, even our own. As I uploaded hours of film onto my computer I quickly realized I only had limited space available. I began to take photos off my computer and put them onto a hard drive and even deleting some. I came to a sad conclusion, I never print photos anymore, I never hang new photos. All the photos in our house are at least 5 years old. Hello we don’t have a baby anymore! I remember when cameras, not camera phones, were a big deal. I would take rolls of photos, spending all my hard earned money on the film and developing the film. We didn’t take 15-30 photos of the same thing to get it just right, we had one chance and that chance wouldn’t be revealed until we picked up our developed film from the store (King Soopers or Walgreens).
Those were the best days ever! The excitement of getting that sealed package, opening it up to see the good and not so good photos of your vacation, your friends, your family was worth every penny of that $6.99 or $9.99 for one-hour photo. I still love going through old photos, just like I still like thumbing through a book. I’ve challenged myself over the next couple of weeks to clean my photos up, make photo books, write on the backs of old photos and most importantly share them with my children so that they can have stories to pass on to their little ones from these 5X7 memory makers.
How will you preserve your photos for your kids? Will you print them out and write names and years on the back or will you hand them a thumb drive? Whichever way you chose, we encourage you to make a memory of going through photos with your little ones as some of my most favorite memories were when my dad brought out the slide projector and we turned off all the lights and viewed the hundreds of slides my parents had cultivated over the years. Photos and stories leave a lasting impression. They leave a legacy.