Professional photography - Pictures that Last a Lifetime and Beyond

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.

Kinderfoto from the mall.

Kinderfoto from the mall.

Professional photo - I think probably Olan Mills!

Professional photo - I think probably Olan Mills!

Do you know what this is? It used to store digital files/ images. It is now obsolete. I don’t know what is on it because I can’t put this in my computer. It is useless.

Do you know what this is? It used to store digital files/ images. It is now obsolete. I don’t know what is on it because I can’t put this in my computer. It is useless.

Lessons Learned from My Parents

Everyone knows that when we are teenagers our parents are not the brightest stars on the planet. In fact, they can be down right irritating and may be even great hindrances to our ability to have fun! But then, miraculously, as we get older, our parents seem to become much wiser! My dad passed away when I was only 15, so I didn’t have the opportunity to appreciate him as he would surely have grown wiser. My mom passed away while my children were young, so I did have a few years to take advantage of her wisdom. Despite my limited years with them, I did manage to glean a few pieces of wisdom that I hope I have been able to instill in my children, who are now adults.

1)      Love your children unconditionally.

2)      Love God and take your children to church (don’t just send them).

3)      Life is not always easy or fair.

4)      It is good to be self-sufficient.

5)      Education is valuable.

6)      Hard work pays off.

7)      Don’t smoke!  They did and they both died from smoking-related diseases (so did Randy’s parents).   I am passionate about this!

8)      Family is important.

To add one of my own, remember to take pictures your family together - at least at special occasions, but for informal get togethers too! And occasionally, hire a professional photographer to capture some really good memories of all of you together. You won’t regret it!

What are some things you learned from your parents?

I was their Christmas present!

I was their Christmas present!

Connections in our lives

I had somewhat of an epiphany recently about the word "connections."  If you've read my "Why" section, you'll know that I feel strongly about our connections to our loved ones and how these connections are essential to our well-being, to who we are, who we are a part of,  and where we belong in this life.  What I realized is that there is one important fact that I did not include in my Why section and that is WHY connections are so important to ME!  

Those of you who know me well already know that I was adopted as a baby.  I was raised by two loving parents who were unable to but who desperately wanted to have children. 

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