I have a shelf in my spare room that displays a few of my favourite family photos. Some are snapshots and some are portraits but they are all cherished because of the family in them.
When I was a kid, my parents had one of those big steamer trunks full of photos in the basement. Every once in a while I’d pry open the big heavy top and carefully pull out an album. I loved the look of those old albums! Black paper with those little embossed corners. Sometimes Mom or Dad would join me and we could gently pull a print out of its home on the page to see if there was writing on the back. Many of them had barely readable hand writing with a clue to the occasion or person in the photo, some had a year. Holding a photo that one of my ancestors took the time to create and keep safe for decades, was like being transported back in time. I could see a little bit of their character shining through the pencil lines and the words they chose. It gave me a warm fuzzy feeling of inclusion and love. We would sometimes spend all afternoon going for a stroll down memory lane together. Quality family moments like these are precious.
As a photographer I believe that now, more than ever, we need to make the time to do things right so that future generations can reach back and get to know us a little better too. We were led to believe that the family album should be digital but that has not proven to be true. You all know how difficult it is to stay on top of technology and if you are like me, you probably can’t find those family holiday pictures from 2002 that you so carefully backed up on a CD and stowed somewhere.
This month has been a difficult one, our family is grieving the loss of a little one. I bring this up not for sympathy but because I want to share a lesson that I’ve gleaned from the experience. Life is unpredictable, don’t take it for granted.
“Sometimes you don’t know the true value of a moment until it becomes a memory”
I want you and your family to have moments together too, they are the foundation of your tree.
This is my passion, my life’s work, start designing your legacy here. The only regret you will have is not doing it.