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Preserving memories --paparazzi style

January 26, 2014 - Linda Lobeck
Preserving memories has always been something that I have enjoyed, and I learned about how to record that information from my Grandmother. She had a cedar chest she kept in her bedroom filled with albums and pictures dating back to when she was a child. On the back of each picture, she had written when it was taken and who was in the photo.

I can remember looking through these pictures and reading the information she had written and enjoying the time I spent with her going through these things. It was a time to learn more about her and my mother and the different events that were captured on film.

I’ve always enjoyed taking pictures (not necessarily being in them) and I have many photo albums dating back to when I was in junior high school through college and my marriage. Once I had my children, my photo taking really took off as I tried to create a pictorial history of their childhood, from the baby years through college. Now with a granddaughter, I am a full-fledged paparazzi. My kids affectionately referred to my mom as the paparazzi and I guess the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree.

With a digital camera, it’s great to be able to look at what you just took and see how it looks. Then you can decide whether to take another picture. You can also erase pictures that are out of focus or not very good. The tendency is to let those pictures stay in a photo album on your computer or in some other digital form. But for me, I still make hard copies of the photos and put them chronologically in albums. I still think that is the best way to preserve memories, and hopefully something I can share with my granddaughter when she’s older.


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