I’ve always loved pictures, not just taking them but keeping them. I’m not talking about pictures on an iPhone or android camera, i’m talking pictures in photo albums (yes, albumsss) plural! Lol! Regardless, I’m sure I’m not the only parent who has over a thousand pictures of their child on their phone. Making memories to me is so important, I’ve always liked printing out pictures I’ve taken on my phone or a camera, or keeping pictures of me and my friends and family from years ago. However, recently I feel like technology has taken over so much that the tradition of keeping family photo albums has kind of died out. I guess many people use the excuse of having a blog or other social media platforms as ways of collecting memories but it’s technology, and technology fails.
Keeping memories is obviously very important to everyone but my reasons for making memories and keeping them in forms of photo albums, written letters/poems and diaries are because:
1. Unless there’s some kind of natural disaster or a fire, they won’t be easily destroyed or lost
2. They are nice to look back at and see where I was at the times the pictures were taken or the entries were written
3. Memories are not only for me, but for the generations to come (imagine your grandchild showing pictures of you and their mum/dad to their own kids ?)
4. Pictures look beautiful around the home, pictures of all the family members, school pictures and photo shoots
5. Letters, poems and diary entries are a way to write what you feel without having to talk to anyone. They can even be passed on to whoever you want to talk to but aren’t able to.
Although I post pictures online, I have a lot more printed out and kept in albums and they can be passed down through generations as memories and conversation starters. It’s a lovely way to see how much we’ve grown over the years too. My baby’s only 5 months and I can already see how he’s gone from just a tiny little baby to this active, funny little baby, and to know that there’s soooo much more growing and learning to do fascinates me. Sometimes I find myself imagining what he’s going to sound and look like, what his personality will be when he’s like, five years old. And I bet when he gets to five, I’ll be imagining what he’ll be like when he’s 10 lol.
Although taking pictures on a camera or doing photo shoots are great, sometimes the most convenient way is to use your phone, especially when baby’s doing something wonderful and you need to get a quick snap shot in action. The technology of today is great for taking very good quality pictures however sometimes we want to make them look even better, there are apps for editing/adding filters to make any picture look of better quality; I’ll list the ones I use below;
1.Phonto: this is my favourite one, I use it on all my blog titles, you can add text to your images and use filters for effects. Phonto is available in the App Store on iPhone.
2.Camera 360: this app is great for making pictures look brighter and more enhanced, don’t use it too often but when I’ve taken a picture that’s low quality it works wonders in making it look better. Camera 360 is also available in the App Store.
3.Baby pics: I love this app! Baby pics is specifically for recording milestones throughout pregnancy and beyond, using artwork which can be edited and resized on top of your image. There’s lots of artwork you can use to enhance any image. This is also available in the App Store, I think I bought it for £1.99, but it’s so worth it.
There’s one app that I absolutely love using to print off my pictures from my phone;
Free prints is a photo printing app that prints your pictures for free (says it all in the name doesn’t it lol) all you have to pay for is postage which is literally between 99p to £1.99. Every month you get a certain amount of free prints which you can then select the pictures you want printed from your photo library and voila! Postage is really quick as well.
Of course there are other ways to print your pictures but I find that’s one of the easiest. You can also use the Boots photo website to print your pictures. Boots do nice offers for new mums, I recently got 50 free prints and as a new customer another 25 free prints, all I paid for was postage! And I got a voucher in the post for a baby photo album for £5 worth £12, lovely bargain if you ask me. I also use Photobox for Polaroid prints, I can’t remember how much I paid but I’m sure they weren’t expensive and they came out so nice and it’s a good way to add some vintage to your keepsake collection.
Memories kept are those that are engraved in our hearts but isn’t it nice hat we CAN have pictures and other forms as reminders?
hope you found this post useful, have a great weekend!