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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Click (04/18/13)

TITLE: After the Click
By Laura Hawbaker


When someone asked to see pictures of my baby granddaughters recently, it wasn’t a brag book I pulled out of my purse, it was my cell phone. While I am quite pleased with the fact that this grandma can actually take, save and find pictures on my phone, I am a bit concerned about the scarcity of printed pictures of my grandchildren.

Browsing through old family photographs is a very entertaining way to spend an hour or two. My parents raised nine kids from 1946 to 1964 (they covered the baby boomer years well) and didn’t have a lot of money for professional photography, but I am very thankful for the collection of black and white snapshots that capture moments otherwise forgotten. Some of the photos show my siblings and I all dressed up, strategically arranged and smiling politely. Others are more casual, catching us at work or play, celebrating Christmas, eating together or just being kids. Some of the pictures are slightly blurry or off-centered. Remember the day when we actually had pictures developed? We couldn’t just delete the goofs!

My children, born in the eighties and nineties, also love to look at photos from their growing up years. My husband and I spent a little more on professional photography than my parents, but the snapshots are still a favorite. Not only do the pictures capture the activity of the time, but also fads and fashions. “Mom,” my daughter gasps, “Did you actually make me wear those blue tights?” Another time my son suggested, “Maybe we could photo-shop this ugly couch out of this picture.” Hey, I was proud of that garage sale find back in the day!

Now another generation of families are taking pictures and capturing their own special moments. And with the ease of digital photography, today’s families are taking a lot of pictures! Something to think about; will your camera chip or i-pad be around one hundred years from now? Will your grandchildren be able to spend a rainy afternoon looking at old photos?

The sheer number of photos that can be stored in chips can be a deterrent to printing. Once they are printed we have to do something with all those pictures! Scrapbooking (a relatively new verb) is great for the artsy folks. If scrapbooking is too overwhelming, a simple photo album works just fine as long as you remember to label and date. Various on-line or in-store print shops offer ways to turn our photos into books; a wonderful way to preserve special weekends or family trips.

My advice to families today, don’t stop with the click of the camera. Print the pictures and at the very least store them in a shoe box. Your children and grandchildren need some old pictures to look through and cherish.

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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 04/26/13
This is great advice. It's funny because it made me think of my youngest's lament "There aren't any pictures of me!" I tell her I have rolls of film they just never got developed, but in actuality there are probably more actual pictures of my youngest because of the digital cameras and phones allowed her to take pictures of herself. I should get a few from each year printed to be sure.
Yvonne Blake 04/30/13
I find that I'm taking more pictures, now that I have a digital camera. I like looking at the old photos too.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 05/02/13
Congratulations on placing 11 in your level and 17 overall!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 05/02/13
Congratulations on placing 11 in your level and 17 overall!