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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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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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Five family-friendly activities your family can enjoy | The Woodlands, Conroe and Spring, TX - Family and Child Photographer

Five family-friendly activities your family can enjoy | The Woodlands, Conroe and Spring, TX - Family and Child Photographer

Here at Melo and Me Photography, it's all about making things simple and convenient for your family. For the longest time, my husband and I struggled trying to think of family friendly activities we could enjoy together. I’ve listed 5 simple and easy activities you and your family can do to spend more time with each other.     

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Why Memories Make the Best Father's Day Gift | Houston, The Woodlands, and Spring TX Family Photographer

Why Memories Make the Best Father's Day Gift | Houston, The Woodlands, and Spring TX Family Photographer

All too often than not we focus only on Moms and I can’t help but to think how the amazing Dads around the world may feel. I mean sure, there are some kick-butt Moms but Dads are an integral part of the family as well. My husband Pedro and son Jaxon share such a beautiful relationship with one another and I can’t imagine what our life (and mine) would be like without him.

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School's out! Kickstart your summer with these activities in The Woodlands, TX!

School's out! Kickstart your summer with these activities in The Woodlands, TX!

"There's 104 days of summer vacation
And school comes along just to end it
So the annual problem for our generation
Is finding a good way to spend it."

-Phineas And Ferb Theme Song

Okay, I'm kidding and there may actually be more or less than 104 days of summer vacation, but that's not important. What's important is that after only a few weeks at home, your kids will soon complain that they're bored and there's nothing fun to do. Maybe they'll spend a week or two at camp or maybe they'll get a summer job babysitting. 

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