The photos on our cell phones have the same effect. Not only do we store our family photos on our phones, we have images of items we want to purchase in stores (hello Ikea Someday Album), recipes we want to make, or Pinterest decorating ideas. We can carry all this in our purse or pocket.
I encourage you to print your cell phone photos, especially those of family, friends, vacations, birthday parties, and holidays. Someday that phone will fail. All those memory triggers will be erased. There's no greater joy for a child to sit and hold actual photographs in their hands. No greater joy to go through photo albums over and over and over.
As a family photographer here in Las Vegas, I am blessed beyond measure to be a part of capturing treasured memories for families.
When my parents downsized, I took hold of the family photo albums and brought them back to my house. I've scanned the images onto hard drives so I can share with my brothers. Even though I'm not a kid, I AM someone's kid and I love going through the albums and touching the photos, remembering the moments, and feeling connected to those who are far away and to those who are gone.
In the past week, several of my friends - from different walks of life - have lost special people. Moms, husband, Pastor, friends. Elderly, middle-aged, and very young. Some a complete surprise, no warning. My heart breaks for these families. As I pray for a divine peace and comfort for them, I pray they also have lots of photographs to hold on to, to look through, to remember with, to connect with.
And that is why photos are so important.
If you don't have photos of your family, contact me. Let's get your family photos taken and printed. It's not just you who will value them.