This post is in collaboration with Photobox, however all opinions are my own…..
What do you do with all those photos you take? Now I can’t find any actual figures for how many photos we now take but I read somewhere that it was something like more photos are now taken in an hour than in all the years leading up to the invention of the smart phone camera (Don’t quote me on that but it is suffice to say we take a whole lot more photos now than ever before!) The problem is however, that we often only share them via digital means. Usually it’s a snap for Instagram or a Facebook update that languishes down the bottom of a feed after a day or so. We no longer print them out to flick through, or eagerly await with anticipation the fruits of our film camera from nigh on a week ago! We rarely fill photo albums. The instantaneous nature of photography today probably makes us less inclined to feel the need to keep, print and display.
We sometimes don’t even back them up.
I learnt some hard lessons years ago about the consequences of not properly backing up photos. I vowed it would never happen again.
As a passionate photographer this is something I am really good at now. But I also love the advantages of cloud storage where I no longer have to rely on devices , USBs, CD’s and other gadgetry that have all been known to fail at times.
I have taken pretty much a gazillion photos too of my family. But I am also really good at putting them on display. I have lots of framed photos, some printed canvases and now I am gathering up a nice collection of photo books.
I love that our photos can be on display yet it is not like having photo albums to plough through. The experience of a photo book is much more ascetically pleasing and rewarding especially for friends and family who I’m sure don’t need to see 8 different photos of baby eating yoghurt. Unless of course they are nicely designed on the one page!
Every year I do a family album photo book that captures all the highlights from our year. I have also done a book for each child up until their first day of school and any holidays during the year also get a separate book, as I tend to go a little snap happy when I am away. Having just returned from another family holiday, I know that I only managed to entice all the kids to pose for just one more photo because they know the importance of the holiday photo book and they all eagerly anticipate its creation. They also love flicking through the photo books from holidays gone by and I am always amazed at how much the books remind them of little moments I thought they would never remember. I know they wouldn’t sift through mountains of photo files on a computer screen in quite the same way!
I do hate it when I hear the panic in people’s voices when they lose a phone or a computer crashes and all of those precious memories are sitting precarious and vulnerable.
So please get out those pictures and put them on display. Make a photo wall, print a canvas, make some fridge magnets with your phone pics, make a poster collage and frame it or make a photo book of a recent holiday or even of some random everyday pictures that capture your family just as they are.
If you would like to get started with this, then the people of Photobox have kindly offered one lucky reader a free Classic A4 personalised photobook of 26 pages valued at $49.95.
To win, simply tell me in the comments what sort of photo book you would create right now. What gorgeous book could all those priceless images sitting on your computer become?
Competition is open to Australia residents only and closes AEST 5pm, 16th July, 2014.
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