The other day, I had our wedding album out on our coffee table for something and my daughter (who’s 3.5) started flipping through the pages. She excitedly pointed out her grandparents, aunts and uncles, and even her friend’s parents, calling everyone out by name. She commented on how pretty my dress was. She couldn’t believe how little her big cousins were. I loved watching her little hands turn the pages and her face taking it all in.
The moment was such a good reminder how important it is to print our photos.
There’s something about tangible photos that you can physically hold in your hand, look at every day on your walls, or flip through the pages of. (Kid’s especially love them!) Printed photos hold the power to make us feel, to evoke emotion, and to transport us back in time to relive a special memory or a particular season of our life. They are gifts we give ourselves and our children today, and they are the legacy we leave our grandchildren and great-grandchildren in the decades to come.
I’m the first to admit that since having kids, I’m not as up to date as I’d like to be with printing my photos. That yearly family album? It’s been on my to do list for the last two years. Those professional photos that I love so much? They live in the cloud (whatever that means…), unseen and forgotten about.
I often think about the forty-four thousand photos on my phone (yes… 44,000… and those are from just the last four years since becoming a mom). I have dozens of other hard drives full of photos from the last few decades. Where will they end up? Will my kids be able to access them in the years to come? And if so, how?
Our children may be the most photographed generation to date, yet they are also the most likely to grow up with the fewest photographs. Think about that for a second!
We live in a digital world and use our phones and other devices constantly to document our children’s lives, but do those images ever get printed, framed, or preserved in albums? Or do they live on your cell phone, hard drive or the cloud? (Or worse, Instagram.)
This makes me so sad because I love having photos and albums not only from my own childhood, but of my grandparents and great-grandparents. Looking through these family treasures gives me a sense of where I come from and helps illustrate stories of my ancestors that my parents have shared in the past.
This year, I’m recommitting to printing my photos: hanging more frames on the walls and preserving our family’s legacy in albums. Not only do I hope you join me in this mission, but I want to help you do it! I offer beautiful, high-quality heirloom albums that withstand the test of time and can be passed down for generations.
April 10, 2023