Firstly, I’d like to say that I’m writing this, not as a photographer, but as somebody who enjoys creating memories and filling my home with items that mean something to me.
Secondly, I’d like to preface this post by pointing out that it didn’t start off as a blog post.
This started off as a personal project for the new year. I had this mess of tickets, press passes, photos and wrist bands, from horse shows, concerts and events I’d been to over the past ten years, spread out on my dining room table and I was suddenly inspired to share the importance of this particular resolution…
One of my personal goals for the new year is to get better at preserving my memories. I spend my entire work life creating images for other people and ensuring they are delivered in a way that means they can be enjoyed for decades to come. But I’m not so great at doing the same with my own life.
So this year, I had a few things I wanted to do in order to improve on this…
Take More Phone Snaps
I want to take more phone photos. I often get caught up in every photo I take being high quality, professionally edited, etc. and I forget to just snap the little moments (which are often the most important) on my phone.
When I was looking back over 2017 on my phone’s camera roll, there was so much that wasn’t included, because I only took photos on my proper camera. This year, I will try to snap more candid moments and not worry about how professional they look. And as a result, I’ve set myself the challenge to post more phone photos to my Instagram, too.
…And Actually Print Them
Another thing I must do is print these photos. I think most of us are guilty of hoarding photographs online, but very rarely printing them. Companies like Printiki are great for getting your images printed. I love these Polaroid style images and am going to try and get a batch done a couple of times per year, to renew the photos we put up when we first moved in.
So, then, what to do with the rest of the images?
I’m going to be ordering myself a coffee table album, like this one, to put older photos and the ones I want to print, but not necessarily display (because I only have so much wall space). One thing I absolutely love to do is look through old albums at my parents’ and grandparents’ houses and because of the way we now store photos online, I don’t have a single photo album for my children to thumb through, one day. So I’m determined to change that.
The other things that can go into the albums are tickets and other memorabilia I accumulate along the way.
Whilst each album is a work in progress, it can sit in my living room and I’m sure I, my family and my friends will enjoy looking through it. One day, I’d like a room in my home with a floor to ceiling, wall to wall bookshelf, so I’m sure I can find space on these shelves for my albums. And if I end up with bookshelves full of photo albums and memories, what a wonderful problem to have.
As you can see in these pictures, I already have quite a collection. I have been collecting these memories on a pinboard in my kitchen for years. And recently, it just got too full to fit anything else on, which is what inspired me to get a bit more organised. So I purchased these super affordable box frames from Hobbycraft and have started to transfer some of the most important pieces into them, to hang along my upstairs landing.
I’m so excited about creating a timeline of memories for each year, that I can look back on in years to come. Hence why I felt the need to share this with you.
With the world being as online as it is these days, it’s easy to put all of your photos onto social media and forget about them. Everybody has a camera phone these days, so we probably take more photos now, than ever before, but the danger is that we have nothing to show our families, in the future and if, God forbid, Facebook were ever to cease to exist, we’d be left without all of those precious moments that we want to remember forever.
Life is all about the little moments of joy, the time spent with the people you love and finding happiness in the simplest of things. So don’t forget to record every bit of happiness you are lucky enough to experience.