Thursday, November 29, 2018

How Do You Treat Your Pictures?

Have you ever thought about that?  I bet you've never asked yourself how you treat your pictures.  Have you ever thought about why you take a picture in the first place?  Go look at the last 5 pictures on your phone or camera.  WHY did you take them?  What would happen if you lost them?  What would happen if you lost all the pictures on your phone?

I thought about this the other day as I was writing a blog post.  This is what came into my head:  "We take pictures because we want to remember.  And then we treat them like we want to forget."  Isn't that the truth?

And isn't it sad?  Think about it.  We take pictures BECAUSE we want to remember an event, a moment, a person, a sunrise.  And then what do we do with the picture?  Usually, nothing.  It stays on the phone or camera, or maybe if it's lucky you back it up on a computer or hard drive.  Usually, photos just live somewhere as a jpeg file, and they're never really seen or looked at again.  Why would we do that?  Why would we treat something we created to remember as if we actually didn't care about it and preferred to forget it?

I read a {great blog post} recently where the blogger asserted that pictures in today's society are seen as frivolous and even vain.  But I love the conclusion she came to:  If the moment or the event makes you happy right now, why WOULDN'T you capture it so it can make you happy again later?  The ability to look back on a moment, or see a person again, is {good for the heart and the soul}.

One of the main purposes of this blog is to help our actions toward our pictures be more in line with their real value. My hashtag #dontletyourbabiesgrowuptobejpegs is a real goal here at LifeTales Books!

There's something more.  Your pictures can be something more!  Rather than files to scroll through, back up, and possibly lose, your pictures can be seen and preserved in a high-quality way that will allow you to add meaning to the photos by writing details.  Let me give you an example.

This is a really special photo.  And you have no idea why.  You don't know who is in this photo, where it was taken, why it was taken, or what makes this photo special.  This is how someone else (maybe your kids, grandkids, spouse, friend) will look at your photos.  Over time, you may even look at your own photos the way you're looking at my photo here. 

If you're not careful, your photos will be as useless and meaningless to someone else as this one of mine is to you.  

But at least this is a photo.  Most of our "photos" today aren't even photos--they're just files.  They need to be brought out of file form and into a tactile form that can be held and seen, even if the computer has crashed or the cell phone has been stolen.  (There are some astonishing statistics of the likelihood of these {at this link}.)

This blog has a lot of great resources for doing just that.  Everything you'll find here (especially at the purple tabs across the top of the blog, under the header) are better quality than the vast majority of photo books you find online.  There are lots of perks, too, such as no hidden cost (no buying digital art, for example), private photo storage (shockingly unusual these days), and Heirloom Assurance.  You can {read more here}.

While I always encourage people to {find a memory-keeping method they will love} so that they're more likely to do it, I'll share two of my favorite ideas here, plus one super speedy option.

This is the one I always recommend to people who have so many photos that they don't even know what to do with them or where to start.  This video gives a fantastic solution, but it also goes over some strategies for getting a handle on many, many photos.

This is the method I personally use, and in the video I go over why I love it so much and how this method is responsible for allowing me to be consistently caught up preserving my photos and memories.  This method is sort of the extended version of the method above (yearbook).

2021 UPDATE:  Find three more heirloom-quality options--a simple auto-fill, a pretty adjustable template, and fully creative and flexible digital scrapbooking--at that link. 

Although the videos give you pretty much everything you need to know, you can {find additional tutorials here as well as here} if you'd like.

What will you do today towards treating your pictures as treasures, treating like them as if you want to see them and remember the moments they have captured for you?

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  1. Thanks for sharing these helpful tips!

  2. Thanks, Nancy. I'm so glad they were helpful! :)

  3. Ohh, I admit I'm even more old-school than this! - our house is filled with framed prints and enlargements! #heartandsoullinkup

  4. This is great! You've made me realize I need to figure out a streamlined system for our family to record our history and I really appreciate all of the great ideas! #heartandsoullinkup

  5. I'm so glad! :) Yes, it can be so complicated these days with thousands of photos, so streamlining and finding a solution that works for you is so important! Thanks for stopping by and commenting, too. :)

  6. Thanks for these suggestions and tips. I know that I leave too many pics on my phone and would prefer to put them in an album. Sometimes there doesn't seem enough time. I suppose that's the difference between pre-digital cameras where everything was on film and phones/digital cameras now. You had to print the photos out.

  7. Exactly. I know I personally used to take maybe two rolls of 36 pictures a year back in the film days, more if I was traveling. Now I can easily take 200 on one trip. Back then, you had to print them to even see them. Now we see them once and let them take up room in our phone storage. Finding time is a trick, for sure, but so worth it. (It's why I have a collection of articles and suggestions at the "don't have time?" tab--it's a common problem.)
    Thanks for stopping by and for commenting. :)


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