We Have Entered the Era of the Photographic Lost Generation
We are taking photos more than ever, but they’re nearly all digital files with very few tangible prints being produced. By now we know that digital never means safe, yet millions of memories are currently being entrusted to servers, clouds and phones. The risk could be felt by our entire generation, as we grow up without a printed, photographic record of our lives. The most photographed generation of all time could wind up being the next Lost Generation.
It’s not just affecting today’s youth. 42% of people between the ages of 30 and 44 will likely look back and wonder where photos of their childhood, holiday get-togethers, relatives and friends have gone decades from now1, and, reportedly, 67% store their photos solely on a computer or phone. Statistics show that a staggering 53% of consumers have not printed a photo in more than 12 months, 70% don’t have photo albums, and 42% no longer print photos at all.
It doesn’t have to be this way. We know that everything from candles, bicycles and vinyl albums have survived the “disruption” caused by technological advancements. We have to remember the value and importance of printed, framed, and mounted photographs in our lives and for the generations after us. Children love to see images of themselves around the house, newlyweds have fond moments when they see their wedding photo on the mantle or walls, and our most beloved pets are sealed in time…all thanks to the power of print.
1 2015 nationwide survey conducted by Professional Photographers of America (PPA)
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What am I looking for?
– ALL sizes
– ALL styles, from sleek and simple to full-blown “princess”
– soft, delicate colors like ivory, pink, sage, beige, white, powder blue, etc.
– bold colors like navy, black, red, etc
– delicate fabrics like lace, tulle, chiffon, etc. are great
– sequins and sparkles
– vintage vibes are great
The first time I photographed Ashley Taylor was when she was about 9 months old. She was dressed in the prettiest little white dress, and sitting in a Jenny Lind rocking chair. From then until now, she has held such a special place in my heart. Maybe it goes back to when her mom was born, (I was the most excited 7 year old aunt!) This past month with Ashley Taylor has been a joy beyond measure, and will forever be some of my favorite memories. While she was here, I (of course) did her senior portraits. Here are some of my absolute favorites.
This time of year brings to mind sweet tea on the porch swing, homemade ice cream churnin’ and lots of sitting in the shade. Summer reminds me of going to visit Granny Annie, climbing shingles with the cousins, and getting fussed at by pawpaw for picking and eating his green apples. Of laying in the bed in the front bedroom with the windows open, and being sung to sleep by the crickets.
Simpler times that are missed in the hustle and bustle of today. Our kids will never know how great it was just being able to run around with our cousins and stay outside until the lightning bugs came out.
We are so busy trying to make a living for our family, that we forget to just be WITH our family. So my encouragement for you today is to just take the time to slow down a little and discover the simple pleasure of just listening to the crickets.
I have come to the realization that I love to photograph women. I love to get them out of their comfort zone and see them for who they really are. As wives and mothers, we tend to put ourselves on the back burner, and are too busy with our lives to take time for us. Having a Bella Portrait Couture session is the perfect way to pamper yourself, and have amazing images of you. Bring your mother, your best friend, your sister, or your daughter, and take the time to just be together.