A unique moment compels us to snap a photo of our spouse, children or grandchildren on our Androids or iPhones and upload it—usually to our social media accounts. The pictures we take run the risk of getting mixed in with a lot of other pictures, and we never stop to pick and choose as we go on with our daily demands and pressures.
But what if those moments could weave their way into a story of your life and be an inspiration to someone 30 years, 40 years or even 80 years from now?
I’m a photo coach who’s passionate about helping my clients organize and store their most cherished images and videos.
Take a closer look at why I do what I do.
Your Family Story
Your family isn’t just another one-in-a-million, but you have unique qualities and stories that flow from your style of parenting, hobbies, your faith, hobbies and activities and the ups and downs of your career.
You find a way to persevere as you go from one day to the next, living ordinary moments. But each day, and each year, and each event, no matter how seemingly insignificant, are like puzzle pieces fitting together.
When they’re laid out in albums then we can see the story of our lives. And with today’s digital storage options, I show my clients how their family history can be accessible for a lifetime, plus 100 years.
Why Digital Storage Matters
The story of Jack Snyder is a good reminder of why safeguarding our memories is important.
He joined the U.S. Marines just six days before his 18th birthday in 1943. Within two years, he was fighting on Iwo Jima and his life was saved by a 21-year-old platoon sergeant who fell on a grenade and gave his life so that Jack survived and could later get marry a woman named Eleanore and raise a family.
That was almost 80 years ago.
You’ve probably never heard of Jack Snyder who was from the small industrial town of Donora, Pennsylvania, just south and east of Pittsburgh. He died in 2016, and a life like his reveals the values that we cherish in our communities and as a nation.
His story is easily accessible thanks to breakthroughs in how photo albums, home movies and other media can be converted to digital.
The Importance of Your Story
The child eating cake at the 8-year-old birthday party, who gets married, or doesn’t get married, by 30 and is launching a business or struggling to start a career, has moments to share that become life lessons for others.
We know that every person has to battle doubts, resolve conflicts, and find a way to rise above challenges. Inspiring stories don’t avoid pain and hardships, but reveal the paths we take that provide comfort and discover solutions that can help others.
The romantic memories of World War Two and a unified nation battling evil were made possible by men and women who endured months and years of separation, experienced tremendous heartache and yet persevered.
None of us just lives for our own selves and needs, but we impact others and we’re impacted by others—like the neighbor walking a dog who always has a smile; volunteers who get together and paint a house for someone unable to walk; or the person who gives a consoling hug and smile after a child loses yet another baseball game.
Safeguarding your memories digitally means they can be shared with others who will in turn pass them on and learn from your moments.
Imagine it’s 80 years from now.
What will be stored in your digital photo album that might serve to inspire a nephew, grandchild or great-grandchild who never met you personally?
Maybe they see the smile of your having undergone a series of chemotherapy treatments, strengthened through faith.
It could be that they see you pushing a child on a swing—and that child is their grandmother. And in that moment, they realize how fleeing life is and they’re inspired to reconnect with their own children.
The photos you take today are part of someone’s identity tomorrow. You don’t know the impact that you might have so don’t discount the ordinary moments.
Convert, Organize and Store–Safely and Ethically
In our picture-taking age of point and click, we accumulate a mind-numbing number of pictures that was hard to imagine just a couple of decades ago.
Let’s say that you’re my client and we see the thousands of pictures on your phone or the ones stored someplace like Google Photos. And you want to ensure that they’re not going to be used by one of the Big Tech companies as advertising bait and, even more importantly, you want to ensure that your account is guaranteed safe and secure.
My advice is that you save the images that immediately capture your attention. Select a few that represent an important family moment, a place near your home that you truly enjoyed like a park or favorite hiking trail.
Think of what best represents your personality, hobbies and the lives of your children.
I’ll show you how to store those digitally with simple album titles and how they can be shared and stored as part of your legacy.
This is why I do what I do—and why I love the opportunity to show families how their stories can endure and serve as pieces to a puzzle that connects into a larger, beautiful picture.
I’m Here to Help
I can show you several options for converting old media and easily storing your photos and videos–so that they’re guaranteed safe.
Contact me, let’s have a brief conversation and I’d be honored to help safeguard and preserve the memories that are important to you.
For those of you who have an entrepreneurial bug, I can show you how I got my start as a photo coach. And if it’s helpful, I’ll be glad to mentor you as well.