How many times have you looked at older images of your family? Are there many images to look at? Just a few? How important is that ONE image of your great grandparents that is still in good condition?
Now ask yourself – do I allow my friends and family to photograph me?
My own answer to this was, no. Silly, I know – considering I’m a photographer, but I of course hate most photos of myself. I have deleted photos of myself time and time again, but I’m trying VERY hard to stop!
Most of the images I don’t like of myself are taken with people’s point-and-shoot cameras with unflattering on-camera flash, I’m cringing away, trying to get out of the picture. If I had just accepted that an image would be taken, smiled and gotten it over with, I’d probably like the image that much more!
I am bringing all of this up now, because I have recently been looking through the many, MANY images of my grandparents from the past 65 years. They just celebrated their 60th anniversary, and there are more pictures of them from all these years than there are of my parents!
This really makes me wonder, why? I know that most people have tons and tons of pictures of themselves now – it’s easy with the tiny cameras that fit in your pocket. Or even better, a camera on your phone. I mean, if you look at the average number of pictures your friends on Facebook are tagged in, it’s probably up in the 1000’s or more!
The question is, are these images going to last? How many will be printed and treasured like the many images of my grandparents?
I’m really curious as to why there are so many “old” photographs, and not so many newer ones of other, younger family members. Is it because the novelty of getting photographed was so cool, important, different or new at that time? Is it because they were actually printed and framed, instead of just being kept on a hard drive?
Of course, I don’t know the answer…I only hope that this post makes you reconsider shying away from being photographed. I hope it makes you professionally print some of your favorite photographs and frame them to put around your house. I hope it helps you realize that your friends and family really DO want a photograph of you, and will hopefully treasure it for more than 65+ years!
Below are a few scans of my favorite images we found when going through the old ones of my grandparents.
This first image is my absolute favorite. It is during their honeymoon. Considering that candid, natural photographs weren’t really the style back then, I have to assume that they really did have no idea this image was being taken, and I love that. I think this image is absolutely beautiful, both artistically and because of the emotion.
This shot is another of my favorites, probably also because it is candid. I just think this one looks like it is right out of a movie!As in this photograph below, what you think may be a silly family snapshot during a vacation can turn into a treasured family photo.