I hope you all don’t mind – but I wanted to take a rare moment to be serious on my blog for a change. As most of you know, we are expecting a pretty large hurricane this weekend on the East Coast. Normally on a beautiful day like today I would blog about an awesome client, or some fun new shoes we got in the studio – but this Friday we spent the day backing up our files, packing away our paper work, and basically shutting down our office “just in case”.
While packing up the office and deciding what is so valuable there that it cannot be replaced – I naturally started thinking about my personal possessions. If I had to leave, what do I take with me to assure it would never be lost or ruined.
Of course, I started to make a list. (I love lists). Surprisingly, I have a fairly short list. Some family heirlooms, standard paperwork, my Louboutins (come on…I’m not leaving those babies here!), and my photo albums. Actually, I think I would throw out my Louboutins to make room for my photos if it came down to that. (Although I shutter at the thought).
In all seriousness – I really thought about the photos. It isn’t the paper that I would miss – or the albums stacked up gathering dust in the corner most of the time…it’s the memories that the paper and albums hold. It’s the ability to show my daughter how cute she was on her 2nd Birthday when she turns 21. It’s the thought of never having a wedding album to show my grandkids. How could I ever look back and see how skinny and cute I was during all those years I complained I was fat! I can’t wait for my kids to say to me, “MOM??? What were you WEARING in 1985?!”. If I lost the photos of my grandmother who passed a few years ago, I truly would never see her again.
How could we relive the laughs, the love, the sad times and good times without photos? Would I remember how cute my Sons toes are, or how my Great Grandmother looked on her wedding day? Sadly, without photos, probably not. I get emotional just thinking about it.
I got an email from my insurance company today – here is a little snippet:
“- Please secure your personal documents, such as deeds, titles to your vehicles, living wills, passports, military records, powers of attorney, etc. are some of the most valuable and difficult possessions to replace. Please protect them by placing in a safe deposit box or in a water proof container. Also at risk are birth certificates, marriage licenses, children’s immunization records and photos.”
I guess I am not the only one who thinks they are important!
So I guess I want to take this as an opportunity to remind you of two IMPORTANT things.
#1 is PLEASE secure your photos!!! Make sure the are off the floor in case of flooding and if you are leaving your home take the most important images with you.
#2 Next time you hire a photographer, remember you are not just hiring them to take some photos – but to document your life. Take note of your feelings about your images and how important, powerful, and irreplaceable they are. It doesn’t matter if it’s something as huge as your wedding, your child’s first birthday or if you are doing a boudoir session just for fun, it’s SO important hire a PROFESSIONAL photographer. One who knows (and cares!) how to properly treat your memories. A professional knows to print your memories so they will last forever, and how to store them in case of loss.
It might be a little more expensive to hire a professional, but I assure you – when you look back at your memories in many years from now, you won’t regret the money you spent one bit!!
Have a Sexy (and SAFE!) Day!!!