Don't Forget Photos of Your Own Loved OnesA few years ago I experienced an epic hard drive failure. It was just before external hard drives held huge capacities and were easily connected. So, I sat there staring at a smoking drive while it whizzed and clicked, knowing nothing was backed up. The sticker shock of a full on recovery was quickly forgotten as soon as I had all my data back in my hands. It had taken about 8 months of regular payments for us to get it back, so as soon as I did, I immediately plugged it right into my CPU and listened to it come to life with a healthy “whir” that could only mean I’d soon be previewing gigabyte after gigabyte of my family photos.
I scanned through each folder: Lola’s birth, Mother's Day 2008, Zoe's fifth birthday. It was an amazing feeling, but the more folders I went through, the more I wondered where all my images were, until I realized the truth- all the normal, everyday images of my family life I had assumed were there, just didn't exist because they had never been taken.
For me, the process of capturing my family and cataloging life is always evolving, it has to be. My dedication level is not where I want it to be, but I can tell that with some small steps, I’m getting closer. I know in the years ahead I’ll thank myself when I can look back and see time stopped, if even for a little while.
Matthew previously contributed to the KEH Blog with One Photographers Take on Running a Photo Business with Your Spouse. Be sure to check it out also!