In this digital age we have far fewer tangible prints than ever. We can pull up our images with the touch of a screen, share them on social media, store them on our cloud - but none of these methods give me confidence in preserving our memories for generations to come, let alone the next decade. I love sharing images as much as the next person ...ok, maybe a little more... and storing images online is one form of backup I use. But that's how I think of it - one possible, not permanent, backup.
While helping sort my grandparents' belongings in their farmhouse, photographs, both loose and in albums, were found. I love the texture, the color cast, even the dusty smell of these treasures, dating their length of existence. I stopped to think, in 50 years would my great-grandchildren even stop to search a flash drive? A CD? An online account if it even still exists? Chances are no. But an album filled with our families' favorite images - that's worth sitting down to peruse through. Images that show our little glimpse of life, who we were, and how we were together and in that moment.
I've researched and consulted with fellow photographers in finding the best available products for use in my business and my home. It will be a continual search and update as technology grows. When you create a piece of art that will one day be a family heirloom, you want highest quality and superb color, nothing less. I want the same for each client, just as I do in my home. I love that part of this job - helping clients make images come to life in a classic, irreplaceable, tangible form. Whether it's an archival quality album, a keepsake print, or a rich, vivid canvas, it's sure to captivate any future audience that stops to take a look. And last beyond a lifetime.
Some things truly never become old-fashioned.