How do you preserve your memories?
This is something that I have teetered back and forth on the whole time I have been in business.. printed or digital images? Now, of course I give every client a print release, but are they actually using it? This week is the would be 30th birthday and 11 year anniversary of the death (yes, all in one week) of one of my very best friends. It is at times like this that I am reminded how much printed images really mean to us.
Do me a favor? Ask yourself a few questions for me...
Do you still have those images that you took on your phone 5 years ago?
Now.. I want you to think back to sitting on grandma's sofa, looking at all those photo albums- wasn't there something so nostalgic and awesome about it? Ok, now what will your grandkids have to look at if you never print and image?!
If your found those questions as alarming as me, if you fear for the loss of your memories- I would suggest buying a few prints here and there. If you still aren't convinced, please read on! Before you do, let me warn you this post is much more personal than many of you are used to.
I want to share a few images with you that are my favorites and explain why they are so special to me.
This is my grandfather "Pap" in his formal army uniform in the 1950s. He passed away when I was very young. I don't have many memories of him, but I feel a connection to him when I see this image.
Now, my mom is probably going to kill me (insert giggle), but...
I couldn't resist! I mean, how cute is she in her senior high photo? I don't often get to see this dolled up side of my mama. She is always so busy caring for other people, that she forgets to take some time for herself. She is busy all the time. I know that she often feels like she isn't the same woman she used to be. I hope she knows that this beautiful young woman is still inside of her.
With this next photo, I will embarrass myself a little.
World, meet baby Ashley!
This is a photo of me with my "NaNa" (Aunt Kay). Growing up she was a second mom to me when my own was sick with ovarian cancer. She was my second mother, and I was the baby she couldn't have. My mom was in and out of the hospital a lot for a few years, and NaNa took great care of me. She even bought me two horses. Yep, two of them! Luckily, my mom is better now & I get to have both of these amazing women. NaNa now lives a few hours away from me with her wife Deb, and I rarely get to see her. I sure do love my NaNa tough, and she obviously loves me. So much so that she had family photographs taken with me for her house.
Ohh, and here is another of baby me. This is of my wonderful Grandmother Rosie (who is no longer with me) & her grandbabies. This woman raised 14 kids, all by herself. Life wasn't easy for her. Her family was Polish immigrants and they struggled greatly. Despite all she had went through, and how little she had- my dear Granny always had a smile on her face and dinner on her dining room table. She was a great woman- a saint, really. She passed away when I was 15 and not one Sunday goes by that I don't miss her Sunday Fried Chicken & rolls. This photo reminds me of a time when our family was still a cohesive unit and still made a point to see one another regularly. All that changed when our glue was taken from us. Now, we see each other once a year at a family reunion.
Last, is the inspiration for this post. This is a "selfie" ta
This grainy photo, that I took with my Motorola Razr so many years ago (& luckily printed) is the single photo I have of Amber. We weren't besties for long, but in a short time she became my first ever roomy and one of the best friends I have ever had. She died awaiting her second lung transplant on June 6th, just days after her birthday on June 3rd. Her first transplant was a success for a while, but she became ill again and never made it to a "new-new" set (as she would refer to them) of lungs. Today, June 3rd would be her 30th birthday. This picture is all I have of her and I together.
Here is my point-
What happens if all you have is a digital copy of an amazing memory? Technology is ever changing. In 20 years that disc or usb probably will not even be relevant. My Motorola Razr is long gone folks & I'm sure yours is, too. Sadly, so is my Granny Rosie, my Peepop, my Pap & my Amber. If I did not print this awful grainy photo from my 18th birthday party, I would have nothing left- except what I keep in my heart. If I have kids, what would I show them to introduce them to these wonderful people they will never meet?
Please, print your memories guys!
You never know how special a small snap shot or image from a photo session might end up being to you one day. I am in no way suggesting you print every image, but every once in a while, hit that print button!! A print will last far longer than the technology you are using to read this, I promise.
I send love above to all those featured in this post. To those who I can still hug & tell"I love you", & to those who are no longer with us here on Earth- thank you for a lifetime of love & memories. I love you all...
& to you sweet Amber... I hope you have the biggest 30th birthday bash in heaven! You are forever missed & never forgotten.
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