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."
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.
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.
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.
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.