Disclaimer: This post contains images that were downloaded and uploaded again from Facebook and photographs of physical photographs. Quality may be slightly compromised in these images, but that actually is part of the point!
Imagine that it is 60 years in the future. Your grandchildren and great grandchildren are sitting around the kitchen table talking about you. What your life was like. What you looked like when you were young. If you’re still living…perhaps you’ll be able to describe yourself to them. If you’ve since passed on…your image is left to their imagination. Why? Because you grew up in the digital age. Every photo, every memory, even every piece of artwork was photographed and then uploaded on a branch of social media that has long since been defunct. Every photo taken during your lifetime is in a hope chest, trapped on a USB stick or a CD that doesn’t play on any of today’s devices.
Does this sound unrealistic? Stop for a second. Have you tried to access photos posted on Myspace 10 years ago? They’re not there anymore. You can’t even Google them. (I’ve tried!) Do you guys remember floppy disks? Even most cars today don’t come with a CD player. And as we move to the age of tablets, we may be moving away from USB drives.
Now…let’s take a trip back 40 years…60 years. Look in your parent’s closets. On their walls. In their photo albums. You’ll probably find priceless gems like these:
My mom’s senior picture, circa 1972 or 1973
My maternal grandmother. Circa early to mid 1940s. She passed away in 1956, 2 years after my mom was born. She never knew her, as neither did I.
I got married almost 8 years ago. Look at these beautiful images!! All uploaded to Facebook. If I tried to save and print any of these today, they would look tragic thanks to Facebook compression of images. As you can see, these downloads aren’t as sharp as they should be. Luckily, my images are still stored on a disc. In a safe. Not a single photo from my wedding is on my walls. What if that disc was lost? What if social media ceased? This amazing day…the day I married my soul mate would be lost.
(all wedding images by Brandi Smith Photography)
This is why I strongly believe in preserving our memories in print. I collaborate with a professional photo lab that guarantees their images for a lifetime at top notch quality. I take the hassle out of resizing, uploading, ordering, and picking up your prints for you. You have nothing stopping you, no excuses, from preserving your memories to stand the test of time. Once you select your images, I prepare them for printing and order them for you. They are delivered to me to be inspected for quality control. Then, I personally deliver them safely to you, at your convenience. I do understand the desire to share your photos on social media. Many people have far reaching family and friends and this is how you communicate with them! That’s why for every image you purchase, you also receive an accompanying low resolution, watermarked social media file for sharing. Because, it’s hard to take pictures OF pictures. But, there is absolutely no substitution for having those tangible moments right there in your hands. To run your fingers across when they are old and wrinkled and to hand over to the next generation.