Do you know where you came from? I'm not talking birds and bees; I'm talking about where you have been in life. The places you've been and the people you've met.
I'm guessing you probably have a good idea where you came from. But can you prove it? If you can prove it, I'll bet pictures are involved. Pictures are the way we remember most of the big and small events in our lives. They help you remember the color of your grandparent's hair, the look on your child's face on the first day of school, weddings, birthday parties, graduations -?the list goes on and on.
A little piece of paper really does a lot of work and that worries me. What if we didn't have those awesome little pieces of paper? That's exactly what's happening today. Since the digital revolution started a few years ago, babies everywhere are being deprived of those valuable pieces of paper. They are probably being photographed more than any other generation of babies but have no prints to prove it. All those precious baby pictures are being held in cyber space on phones, camera cards and various computers around the globe.
Has your computer ever crashed? I don't know many people who haven't had this awesome experience. Have you ever lost your camera or maybe your phone has taken a swim when you didn't expect it? The point of all my ramblings is this ... PRINT THE PICTURES, PLEASE! Not every single one you take but you should try to at least print the most important ones.
I'm seriously worried that future generations won't be able to have the great memories that we have just because we didn't push the print button. You can print them at home or your convenient local photo lab will be glad to help you. I hear Foto 1 does a great job at very reasonable prices. So print the pictures, make a photo album, give them to friends and family, and decorate your home with them. Do anything you can to preserve your family history.
(Brent Kepner is the owner and photographer at Foto 1 Pro Photo in Elkins. He is a master photographer as well as a certified professional photographer.)