One of the most asked questions in photography today is “Do I get the disc with that?”
My answer is usually “nope.”
There are a million reasons for that. Some are business-related, some are personal preference and some are deep down real.
Over the weekend, the most awesome gift arrived from my grandmother. I had asked for a certain picture for a project that I am working on and she sent me two albums of pictures. (It also happened to be my birthday, so it was a very special present!)
Flipping through page after page of my family’s story was special. One of my favorites is from the summer I was 6. Five generations of women are represented: my great, great grandmother, Big Mama…my great grandmother, Granny, my grandma, my mother and myself. Just seeing this picture reminded me of the trip to Georgia to visit. I remembered catching my finger in the chain of the backyard swingset and my Granny lovingly bandaging it. I can smell the ointment she put on it. I remember collecting my cousin’s hand me down clothes and excitedly rushing to try them all on and put on a fashion show for my great grandpa.
Decades have passed, but that one picture took me right back.
Would Grandma handing me a disc have had that same effect? No way. I would have put it with the others, tucked safely away in my closet. But with a picture, there is no denying the emotion, no putting it off until you have time. It catches you as soon as you lay eyes on it, and carries you to a place where you are six and so, so loved by generations of women.
So, SO special.
So, while I do sell discs for archiving, please, please print your pictures. Enjoy them, preserve them, send them to your granddaughters. It just may be their favorite birthday gift!!
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