An insightful, inspiring blog for all of the little details of life.
We live in a world where printed photographs are becoming antiquated, and little attention is given to their preservation and storage. The digital revolution has watered down the impact of portrait photography for the purpose of securing memories, and has essentially drowned out the art of printing photographs that are archival and worthy of safeguarding for future generations.
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
At home in her suburban Philadelphia portrait studio or on location across the globe, Karen Carey is recognized as an industry leader, sharing her wisdom and creative approach with photographers at all stages of their careers through workshops, lectures and private mentoring. Visit her website at www.KarenCareyPhotography.com