While camera phones and computers make it easy for us to "share" imagery quickly and inexpensively, they also make it challenging for us to print quality photographs that will stand the test of time. Sharing your cherished family legacy with future generations has been sacrificed and replaced with sharing of your "not so significant" moments on a newsfeed that essentially evaporates within seconds.
When I was growing up, every year in December, my mother would go to the effort of dressing up her children and trudging through the mall to wait in the long lines at Sears for the opportunity to get a photograph of her 4 daughters sitting on Santa's lap. This process was neither quick nor cheap, but at least the final photographs that were printed back then are still viable. Do you know that the "quick and inexpensive" Santa pictures that I got from the mall just a few years back of my own two children are already faded and barely visible? This saddens me greatly, as does the fact that so many people's important memories are lost forever each time an Iphone gets flushed or crushed.
So this holiday season, I encourage you to preserve your legacy and secure your memories. Make it a priority to document your family properly using a real camera and print the photographs using an archival method. Don't settle for a few snaps on your phone and a quick share on social media. Give the next generation the privilege of getting to know you and your family through portraits that you cherish and protect for them.
3 Tips to Help You Protect and Preserve Your Photographs
- Make sure that the camera used to create your photographs has a high quality image format available or use a traditional film camera.
- Hire a professional photographer or elicit the help of a professional photography lab to ensure that quality archival papers and inks are utilized when printing your photographs.
- Protect your photographs by framing them using acid free materials and conservation glass.
About the Author - Karen Carey
Karen Carey is nationally acclaimed for her soulful and artistic black and white portraits of children and families. Her distinctive style combines an eye for strong yet simple composition with exquisite mastery of light. She creates powerful portraits that honor her passion for artistry and excellence in her work.
Carey's original works of fine art depict childhood and family life in a way that is intimate and authentic, bearing witness to the same passion, humor and sensitivity that she exudes in her own spirited personality.