A girlfriend of mine once grabbed my camera and took some pictures of me when I had just returned from a run and was washing my car. I complained at the time that I looked terrible -- soaking in sweat. I distinctly recall her saying, "Trust me, one day you will be very happy you have these images." That day has come. I don't think I'll ever again have the fitness -- and the physique -- that is evident in those images.
Photographs truly capture time. I think that is why we are so consumed by them. They provide a means of stopping time so that we can revisit a moment many years later. With that in mind, I think it is particularly important that we capture and preserve quality images of those that are close to our hearts while they are young because, as we all know, they change swiftly at that age.
Whether it is a child...
Or a furry, four-legged family member...
Make certain you have some quality images. How soon after these images were taken would it have been impossible to replicate them? A few weeks? A couple of months?
In today's digital world, capturing the moment is only the first step. Equally important, have them professionally printed with archival inks and paper. Prints are, undoubtably, the best way to preserve and enjoy your photographs in the years to come. Imagine if all your best images from years past were stored on a floppy disk. Could you even access them today?
Naturally, I'd like to be the photographer you select and trust to capture those moments, before the time passes.