That’s the estimated number of photo’s the World took in 2011 alone. And when disaster strikes, in our homes or in our countries. And when disaster strikes, in our homes or in our countries, those photos and the hard drives they’re stored on are normally the first material possessions we all try to save first. It’s in this instant – or in that moment of regret when we realize they are lost – that many finally understand just how important those photos really are.
Your photos tell your story. It’s your personal timeline filled with the people you love, the things you did, the places you’ve travelled, the milestones you’ve achieved and the people who’ve shaped your life. Your photos show how you became who you are today. Photo albums have the power to change lives, to impact on and touch people like nothing else can. Photos show a child that they’re loved, that they’re important and that they’re part of a family. Photos preserve the past, they enrich the present, and they offer hope for the future.
Yet, with all this importance, and with the ease and excess with which photos are taken today, today’s photos and stories are being lost to future generations. The fact that we store our photos digitally means that more often than not nothing is done with them. The moment is snapped, filed in a folder and forgotten. For some the problem is simply that they know how to get their photos ‘on to their computer’, but not off again. And then of course there’s the question of what to do with them next. For others it’s a time factor. Many of us are simply overwhelmed by the enormity of the project. Most suffer a sense of defeat and helplessness before they’ve even begun.
Do not despair. This is where Creative Memories’ upcoming Digital Photo Expo can help. As a team at Creative Memories they have decades of experience between them. For more than 13 years they’ve been helping people aged 8 to 88 organize, edit, protect and share their photos. They can help you too. They guarantee they’ll have solutions for any type of photo problem you could possibly bring them plus they also have fantastic ideas on how to share your photos: we’re talking digital photo books, traditional scrapbooks, gorgeous frames, easy slip-in-style albums and more. Most importantly, they can teach you how to write the stories that go with those photos. Ask yourself, if I’m not here one day to explain what each photo is, who will tell my story for me? Those stories are what turn a photo album into a legacy, a history, a valuable family treasure for generations to enjoy.
Book yourself into the Getting Started presentation at 3:00pm or simply wander along to view the hundreds of ideas they’ll have on display. Stop and chat to the talented team of ladies and let them help you get your photos out of hiding and back into your life.
Photo Solutions Expo, Saturday 29th September, 2:00pm – 5:00 pm, The Parenting Place, 300 Great South Road, Greenlane.
And do not forget our class in the Massey Birdwood Settlers Hall Den, top of the hill on Saturday 6th October.
For more details, phone Rina on 09 8369195 or go to www.mycmsite.co.nz/rinam