There was a time in my life that I took photos for granted. I would snap random photos of my very young children and then I would have to take the roll of film to the store and have them developed before I could see them. It was expensive and at the time, we were raising a young family and had other expenses and responsibilities. And sometimes months would go by before the photos could be developed. I always loved that moment after developing the film, of being able to see my little ones doing what they loved and just being kids. But I just didn't realize how important photos were at that time in my life.
My Husband's father raced horses. So that was a really fun family activity that we enjoyed together. One weekend we went to Wendover, Nevada where we had been several times for the races. And I'll never forget one morning coming down to breakfast. We had our in laws there so my kids' dad had already taken them down to breakfast so I could finish getting ready. We had 4 children between the ages of about 3 and 9. As I came around the corner and sat down with my mother in law, I just knew that something was terribly wrong. She said, have you heard the new? I said what do you mean? And she said last night Princess Diana was killed in a really bad car accident. And even though I was born and raised in America, Princess Diana was very much apart of pop culture and everyone loved her, including me.
I remember, just feeling like my breath was taken away. The news was all over the newspapers and T.V. (not much social media around at that time). I remember feeling so sad for those two little boys. Their mom was gone. And not only that but she was being torn apart by the media. Horrible photos were posted in magazines of the accident and what had led up to it. Of course there were many who also commemorated her life, which was so cool to see and read. But the ones that really caught my full attention were the ones with Princess Diana and her beautiful boys. So many precious moments caught on film. Forever etched in their memories, because they have photos!
What made that moment so poignant to me, was that I realized that I was so blessed to have the ability and the means to take photos of my children so that whatever happened in their lives, they would always have happy memories (or maybe even some not so happy memories), they could look back on. And I started that very day! We went and got a bottle of bubbles and some big bubble blowers and went to a park. I will never forget their pure joy as they blew and chased the bubbles around the park. It was magical. I remember the outfits they were wearing and the smiles are their faces and the reactions that they had. All because I have photos. I was a huge scrap booker at the time and I made a beautiful page spread about that magical moment! I will never forget it, and I know that my kids remember it too. All because they have photos!
Our lives have changed drastically since that carefree time in their lives. Their father and I were divorced after they grew up. Then I moved to another state. Graduations, marriages and babies, along with many other events. But we have so many moments captured in photos, moments forever impressed on their minds, all because they have photos! Tangible, handheld, paper photos or framed photos. Books that they can just open up and see a synopsis of their whole childhood. I am so grateful that I took the time to do that.
And now I get the opportunity to catch these moments as a Nashville baby and family portrait photographer. And though I am what is called "a shoot and burn" photographer, because I give my clients a USB flash drive of all their photos. I ALWAYS encourage them to print them and put them in albums and hang them on their walls. And many do, I have seen them in their homes. But the great thing about the flash drive is that they have so many moments to choose from. And so many venues to show their photos for family and friends. Their children will have those memories that are gone in an instant, all because they have photos!
I wish I had some of those photos to share from the magical bubble blowing event. It would be so great! But the scrapbooks are all in UT with my children where they belong. But here are some more recent photos of all of us together. And yes this came from a computer flash drive that I will have a treasure forever.