Creativity, Parenting

The Importance of Photos

IMG_1067 (1)As an avid scrapbooker and photography nerd, it’s no surprise that I think photos are important. In this digital age, photos are everywhere. Not only are selfies taking over social media, but advertisers bombard you with photos and videos on all fronts. Clearly, we know photos are important and value them, so why aren’t we printing them? As a society, we seem to think that posting our photos to social media is enough. Most people don’t feel the need to print them and pop them into real photo albums because they believe they are safely stored online for eternity.

However, what happens when those online sources are suddenly unavailable? Or if these sites start charging to store your photos? This is a situation that I encountered a few years ago! I had all of my photos stored on Kodak’s website. I ordered prints once a year, but had EVERYTHING stored digitally with them. Suddenly, one day I received an email stating that starting one month from now, they would be charging a yearly $99 fee to store your photos unless you purchased prints from them regularly. I had to download several years worth of photos onto my computer and pray that it didn’t lose them!

I was panicking! My digital storage failed me and I was starting over. I did end up losing a lot of photos, but luckily I had printed most of them already to scrapbook them. So, what happens if Facebook or Instagram just ended? Or started charging to store your photos? It’s not a guarantee. These are not reliable storage options. I strongly recommend you print at least a handful of your favorite photos every year, if only the really important events in your life. It breaks my heart to think of someone losing those precious memories!

Is printing a perfect solution? No, but it’s certainly more permanent and reliable than social media. In my opinion, the best case scenario is to keep your photos in three places, stored on an external hard drive, online storage (like Dropbox or a paid site), and printed. This way, if one of your storage options fails (hard drive corrupts, online storage disappears, or a fire destroys your photos), you have two other back up options to keep them protected.

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As an added reason to print photos, my kids have a blast flipping through my albums. They giggle at their baby pictures and read the journaling to each other. Seeing them enjoy those photos is so reaffirming to me as a crafter, but also heartwarming as a Mom. Sharing precious memories and creating opportunities for me to tell them stories that they might not have heard otherwise is truly wonderful.  I think photo albums and scrapbooks inspire curiosity and start conversations.  There’s definitely a difference between swiping through photos on your phone and turning the pages in an album.  You take more time and look closer.  These printed photos have greater value to us.

And that, my friends, is why I do what I do.  I want to keep these memories alive and share them in a deeper, more meaningful way with my family.  Keep those things in mind the next time you take a picture.  Ask yourself, is this one I should print?  Will I want to see this in the future to remember this moment?  If the answer is yes, I encourage you to print it!  Even if all you do is pop it into an inexpensive photo box, that photo now exists and has greater value to you and your family than one posted online.

What do you think?  Let me know in the comments below!

 

5 thoughts on “The Importance of Photos”

  1. Couldn’t agree more. Saw a great quote recently. “The most photographed generation of our times will have no photos”

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    1. So very true!! I love seeing all the pictures my family and friends share online, but I wonder too…what happens to them now? Will there be a generation of kids who lose access to their childhood photos?

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  2. I totally agree with you, there is nothing sweeter than going through pages of memories. I have to learn how to deal with all the new technology so that I don’t have to depend on someone to do it for me. Great article.

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  3. I couldn’t have put it better myself. My family and friends enjoy taking a peek at my albums, especially if they feature in some of the pages. And, I get so much from remembering the details attached to photos – especially those that are so old they are family history.

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