Who remembers Kinderfoto? I probably just dated myself because I don’t think they are still in business. It was a photography studio in area malls. I don’t remember if you had to schedule an appointment or if you just dropped in. They had packages available that were pretty reasonable given the state of our finances at the time, and seems like we took the kids in at 3 months, 6 months, 9 months, 1 year, and then every year after that. I still have many of the prints, but unfortunately, the color in many of the prints has started to deteriorate. Probably the saying, “you get what you pay for” applies here.
I did manage to “splurge” a few times while my children were growing up and got good professional pictures made. Not surprising, these images still look good - color is still the same as it was when we first received them. And that’s the point I want to share here - professional photography does come at a cost and there are times when it is worth spending the extra money to get quality that will last.
And while we are going down memory lane, who knows what is in the last picture below? That used to go in the A drive on the computer - again, I’ve just dated myself and this is not the oldest media storage - there used to be a real “floppy” disk that I believe went in the B drive. Needless to say, these are now obsolete and whatever was stored on them is beyond retrieval. If it was important, too bad! Digital images certainly have their place, but make sure you get quality prints of the images that you want to preserve! Professional photographers can ensure you get quality from capturing the pose to quality printing on archival paper.