If you’re like most people (myself included), you probably can’t go more than a day or two without taking pictures of your kids or pets. Camera phones are so much more convenient than the way snapshots worked back when I was the kid being photographed. No more hurrying back to the hall closet to grab the 35mm camera before a cute moment had passed, and no more waiting weeks (or months) to get the film developed and finally see how (or if) the pictures turned out.
Now that your photos don’t have to be printed before you can see them, how do you go back and enjoy them? Sure, you can scroll through them on your phone or computer, and if you share them to social media, you can look back when they pop up in your “memories.”
But sometimes websites go down, and people lose access to their social media accounts from time to time. Hard drives fail, and technology is always changing. Most computers don’t come with CD/DVD drives anymore, so it’s getting harder to access anything saved to a CD without buying an external disk drive. Plus, how often do you really sit down at your computer to look at old pictures?
Prints are forever.
You took the time to capture those moments on your phone—now they deserve to be printed so they’re not lost and forgotten on your hard drive or rendered inaccessible by advancements in technology.
I believe pictures are meant to be seen. They’re meant to be shared, not just with friends and family now, but with future generations, too. In my parents’ basement there are shelves full of photo albums. The pictures inside are stories from my childhood, of my parents’ early marriage, and even of my parents’ childhoods. There’s something special about holding a photo album in your hands, turning the pages, and watching the years unfold.
This post is the first in a series dedicated to creating family photo albums in 2022. It may sound like an overwhelming task, especially if you don’t know where to start. This blog series is designed to help! I’m planning to cover everything from how to get organized, to how and where to create your family albums. I hope these posts will encourage you to print your photos so they are out in the open where they can be seen.
Stay tuned for upcoming posts in this series:
- Creating a Family Photo Album: An Overview
- Tips for Designing Your Family Photo Album
- Managing Your Photos Part One: Digital Organization Tips
- Managing Your Photos Part Two: Choosing Your Favorites to Print
- Other Ideas for Printing and Displaying Your Photos