Are you doing enough to ensure that your story is shared beyond your years? Take a few extra steps to ensure that your family photos will be enjoyed by generations to come.
I’ve recently been researching my ancestry in search of images of the Wooddells of the past. While doing so, one thing has become quite clear - There simply aren’t very many photographs of my ancestors floating around anymore. Given the nature of old photo paper, and the fact that it sometimes doesn’t pass the test of time makes any surviving photographs that much more special.
Something else has become quite evident during the course of my research. I’m not doing much to ensure the lack of family photographs doesn’t continue. Truth is, I don’t take enough family photos. Out of the thousands and thousands of photographs I take every year, only a small percentage of those of are of my family or myself.
Our generation generally takes photographs to share with our friends and family, and the idea that images will survive beyond our lifetime typically slips our minds. On top of that, I’d go further to say that the percentage of images actually being printed has drastically decreased with the emergence of social media and as digital storage technology increases and the cost of such storage decreases. Will future generations of your family have your iCloud password? Will your digital storage devices even last that long?
What can we do to share our story with our grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and generations beyond them? Well, for starters you can start by taking more family photos, printing them, and backing them up multiple ways. Be sure to include names and dates in either the file names or the image metadata to make it easier to find later on down the road. Scan, photograph, or copy any existing family portraits or pictures you already have. If you have the skills to repair old photographs in Photoshop, all the better.
With all of the advancements in photography, printing, and digital storage, there’s no reason images that have survived up to this point can’t last indefinitely. How do you store your family photos?