Why Prints Matter | Kingwood, Houston, The Woodlands TX Senior, Family, and Wedding Photographer

This day in age, many families are debating whether or not they should take professional portraits, let alone purchase prints and wall art. But before you decide to just take the digital images, you may want to read this.

"We are the most photographed era, with the least number of prints, albums, and artwork."
 Far left: Great-Great-Grandmother Arvie/R.V. (1882-1960)* & Far right: Great-Great-Great-Grandmother Winnie (1860-1953)*

Far left: Great-Great-Grandmother Arvie/R.V. (1882-1960)* & Far right: Great-Great-Great-Grandmother Winnie (1860-1953)*

In September 2016, my husband and I took a trip to Jasper, Texas (our hometown) to visit Melo’s Happy Place and celebrate his second birthday. If you don't know by now, Carmelo "Melo" is my stillborn baby boy and the name and spirit behind Melo and Me Photography. Surprisingly, I did quite well and held the tears in like only a strong Mom can. Even though I know quite well that the ability to hold in tears does not symbolize strength alone.

As painful as it was --it was also refreshing, and while there I stopped by my grandmother’s house. On the way out, I noticed a basket of what looked like albums, and so of course, I opened it. I’ve always been eager to look at pictures and would compare the feeling of rummaging through several photo albums to a kid waking up on Christmas day.

There, in the basket lied memories of my late grandfather, great-grandparents, great-great grandparents, and great-great-great grandparents.

The feeling I felt of touching photographs that’d been passed down from generation to generation was breath-taking. I stared at them the way kids stare at gifts, reminiscing on my childhood and the black and white memories that escaped from the pages of the albums.

 Great-Great Grandfather Joe “Papa Joe” Fent (1887–1967)

Great-Great Grandfather Joe “Papa Joe” Fent (1887–1967)

I am so grateful that my family valued photographs so much that they decided to leave a piece of our family history behind for us. These are the only photographs my family has to remember our ancestors. Even in a time, where many African-Americans were slaves with no record of their ancestry, and could hardly afford to purchase their own homes or land, my family still managed to preserve their history through photographs..and for that I am forever grateful. 

Studies show that this is the most photographed generation, with more than an estimated 1 trillion photographs taken in 2016 alone. You’re probably thinking that’s a good thing right? Well, yes..and no. As we all know, too much of a good thing can be a bad thing. Sure we’re taking photographs, but are we really preserving those memories by keeping them on CDs, DVDs, and USB drives that could potentially become obsolete in the next 10 years?

“According to a nationwide survey conducted by Professional Photographers of America (PPA), 42% of people (ages 30-44) will likely look back and wonder where photos of their childhood, holiday get-togethers, relatives and friends have gone decades from now.”

The survey also revealed that “nearly 70% of people no longer have photo albums” and 53% of people said they haven’t printed a photo in more than 12 months or longer.

 Second from left (first man): Great Grandfather Mace and his siblings  (1907-1953)

Second from left (first man): Great Grandfather Mace and his siblings  (1907-1953)

So what does this mean?

In 1910, flash drives, CD/DVD-roms, floppy disks and other technological mediums that could possibly hold digital files in today’s age, did not exist. But can you guess what my great-great-great-grandparents did have to preserve their memories? Prints. 

Because even with technological advancements and changes, prints have always served as family heirlooms. These photographs serve as time-capsules encompassing a piece of each of my family’s memories. Looking at them on the computer or phone is great, but touching them is even better. 

That’s why I’m proud to announce that Melo and Me Photography now offers our clients family heirlooms to pass down to generations!  Signature albums, heirloom boxes, and canvases make great art pieces to display in your home.

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Ask me how you can invest in family portraits and photographs that are guaranteed to last more than a lifetime. I take the time to shoot each session and vision with your family’s style in mind. You deserve prints to pass on to your descendants. Let me help guide you in selecting the perfect artwork for your home, by completing the form below. 

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"Memories After Harvey" | Houston, The Woodlands, Conroe, Spring, Jasper & Southeast TX Family Photographer

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Whew! This week has been physically, emotionally, and mentally draining to say the least. From the rain and flooding as a result of Hurricane Harvey, to the loss of lives, homes, and other possessions. Thankfully, through it all an ounce of sanity still remains and I’m grateful —for everything.

And although the unprecedented amounts of rainfall and damage that flooded the Greater Texas area has finally passed, I can’t help but to be thankful for the smaller things, like life and my restoration in humanity. Texans and people all over the United States and globe all came together to help in the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in our great state. The overflow of love and support has been astounding, and I think I speak on behalf of the many victims and those affected by the storm, that we greatly appreciate everything you guys have done.

With natural disasters, come the loss of memories and family heirlooms that have been with our families since we could remember. Many of our fellow neighbors have lost it all and I can’t help but think of ways in how I could possibly help out as a local business owner.

I must have racked my brain time and time again, just trying to find a way to give back to our Texas communities. No amount of sessions can replace the physical proof of memories that once filled your home's walls. But this can be the first step in the road to recovery. 

From now until the end of October, Melo and Me Photography will provide complimentary family mini sessions to Harvey flood victims in the Greater Houston and Southeast Texas regions. Victims will also receive a keepsake social media digital file or one 5x7 print to share with family and friends.

 Posted Sunday night on the Facebook Page, with the hopes of giving myself high spirits after Harvey's force reckoned havoc in the southern Texas region.

Posted Sunday night on the Facebook Page, with the hopes of giving myself high spirits after Harvey's force reckoned havoc in the southern Texas region.

If you know someone or a family that has been displaced, please have them reach out and send an email to hello@meloandmephotography with the subject line “Memories after Harvey”, and we’ll go from there.

We know there is still a lot work to be done as we make way for recovery. Stay safe, dry, and strong friends and remember -we are stronger together!

#USAstrong #TexasStrong #memoriesafterHarvey

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Things to do with family this month | The Woodlands, TX Family Photographer

Things to do with family this month |  The Woodlands, TX Family Photographer

I get it, life gets busy and things don't always go as planned. We get caught up in work, duties, and keeping food in the fridge (because every parent I know has a kid eating them out of house and home this summer). Oh, and let's not forget staying sane, because "I'm bored" quickly becomes the summer long mantra. 

We don't always have the chance to research fun things to do with them, but hey guys, it's the effort that counts. So, I'm keeping my promise and delivering you five new activities to enjoy with your family this month. Most of these require little to no effort, just a huge imagination and lots of optimism. 

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10 Questions to Ask Your Wedding Photographer | Houston and Southeast [SETX] Wedding Photographer

10 Questions to Ask Your Wedding Photographer | Houston and Southeast [SETX] Wedding Photographer

One of the best ways you can find out if your professional wedding photographer is the right one for you, is by asking questions. Often times couples assume that all photographers are alike and run the risk of booking their wedding photographer without all the necessary details. I've compiled a list of the "Top 10 Questions to Ask Your Wedding Photographer".

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Photo Activity of the Month: Scavenger Hunt

Photo Activity of the Month: Scavenger Hunt

Each month I'll be featuring a photo activity and providing readers and subscribers with either a worksheet, guide, or tutorial for you to share with your kiddos. This is my way of helping to include photography and the appreciation of prints and artwork into your families' lives. It'll also help keep their minds and bodies busy during the summer months. 

This month's photo activity is Melo and Me Photography's own take on the Scavenger Hunt. Just grab a camera or phone and help your children take photos of each object! 

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"Walk in the Park" Summer Mini Sessions | Houston, The Woodlands and Spring, Tx - Family and Child Photographer

"Walk in the Park" Summer Mini Sessions | Houston, The Woodlands and Spring, Tx - Family and Child Photographer

Mini sessions aren't offered too often, because clients love the experience they receive with a standard session, but summer brings such an amazing opportunity to update your family's (and kiddos') portraits and artwork for your home and office. The kids are home and you guys definitely have some time to take a moment to hit the restart button and relax before school starts again in office... 

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