Memories came flashing back to me today when I was going thru some photographs I was holding.Â Portraits of my wife and I when we were first engaged and, later, images of us with our newborn son.Â The photographs "TRIGGERED" emotions in me.Â Thus, they became memory insurance andÂ took me back in time.Â It was a golden moment. I met a friend a few weeks ago to play golf.Â We got to talking about one of his wedding clients (an executive with Nike) who had him photograph his wedding 5 years ago.Â I asked my friend what he ordered.
"Nothing, just the disc.Â He's done nothing with them, they are stillÂ sitting on his hard drive."
Wow...is that what we want our legacy to be, just faded memories sitting on a hard drive that may crash.
Another person says it best:
This will be the generation with virtually nothing to define the dash between their birthdate and date of death on their toombstone. Really all I have of my parents is the photographs and the memories, and the photographs get more valuable with each passing day.
But today's generation is so electronic oriented, and they trust what will be priceless photographs to various online mediums like Facebook. There will be nothing in the boxes in the attic after they die; nothing for the grandchildren to go through, nothing to touch or really define their life as time passes.
I had a conversation with someone the other day who has 20,000 photographs on his hard drive, and he thinks they're completely safe because he has them backed up. No physical prints at all. Says he doesn't need them.Â Â Â Â I would say you DO need them.Â Maybe you just don't know it yet and by the time you do, it will be too late.
Don't let this happen to you...