At Halloween this year our youth group was having an 80's theme party and we asked all the leaders to provide a picture of themselves from the 80s to entertain the youth. I went into our albums and found this little treasure! 1988 - me and Josh on a car in the Homecoming Parade. Yes, I married my High School (Middle School) Sweetheart!
This got me thinking; what if I didn't have a print of this? Where would I find it? Would I remember that I ever had it? Would I ever see it again? This image has brought me so much joy as I remember those times and think of us now. We have lots of other images as well. It's a great way to show our kids that we were actually their age at one time!
We bought our first professional Digital Camera in 2005 and I have NO plans of going back to film. I love being able to preview my images as I take them, take as many as I need to and delete them later, enhance them or put special effects on them. I like being able to control the final outcome in a way I couldn't with film.
As a Professional Photographer, I love being able to create and provide finished artwork that you can display in your home and enjoy with your family for many years to come. Marriage is forever, Family is forever, and your Memories and History should be forever. That is why you will get an Album in your Wedding Collection and the ability to have Prints, a Collection of Images, or a Finished Art Piece when I photograph your family.
On a personal level, I've wrestled with the idea of only having digital copies of our family times. I've wondered if I should move to digital books rather than photo albums. You know, I think I'm going to continue to make prints, sometimes duplicates for each child, and put them in nice albums. When it is 2030 and my daughter needs to find an image from her High School years, she'll know right where it is!
Celebrate life, celebrate your family, rejoice in every age and stage by having "hard copies" of your memories together.