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Sam was a brave sole and volunteered to let a pack of hungry photographers photograph her and her sweet little man Jackson! She was a natural in front of the camera, and she did an awesome job. And even though it was pretty warm outside, Jackson was such a trooper. Enjoy!

This shoot was one of THE most fun and inspiring things I have gotten to do! The whole thing was the brain child of the VERY talented Crystal Genes. And it was quite an undertaking. Crystal managed to get different vendors to participate so we could have everything that we needed to make the shoot as awesome as it was!  She got a wedding dress from Anjolique Bridal, Birkdale Village, the flowers from the lovely and talented Sheri of Bless Your Heart in Blowing Rock, NC, invitations, menus, and place cards all from Megan Brusca Design in Lake Norman, NC, a cake from Heather Boswell of  The Cake Shoppe, the super fabulous location was the Land of Oz in Beech Mountain, NC and our two models were Heather BoswellGil Gatch.

Crystal, myself and Laura Manzare loaded up her Honda Element to point of popping and headed out to the mountains. Crystal had been scouring antique shops and yard sales for months beforehand to gather all of the props and accessories she needed for the shoot. Laura and I helped with all the set up and tear down as well as being able to shoot some ourselves. Crystal had such a great vision for the entire shoot, and I think she executed it perfectly! Please take a look at her site to see her images from the day! I hope you enjoy!

Below is an article I came across at a tradeshow last month. I thought it brought up some interesting points, so I thought I would share it with you all. Enjoy!

Will Your Grandchildren Be Very Upset With You?
By Fred Molesworth

I’m willing to bet they will.

Here’s why.

Imagine, 50 years from now, as your grandchildren or great grandchildren are going through the boxes in the attic. Finding all kinds of treasures and keepsakes, they’re enthralled with what they are, and how they tie into the story of your life.

Amongst all the old items, they find a number of round silver objects. Some have writing on them, some are blank, but they resemble some kind of a small platter about 4 inches across, with a hole in the middle.

Puzzled, they take them to their parents.

“What are these, mom?” they ask.

“Oh, I think those are all of grandma’s photographs. Yep, here’s one labeled ‘My Wedding’. Here’s some more labeled ‘Family Photos’, and some more labeled ‘Vacations’.”

“How do we look at them?”, they ask.

“Well, I’m not sure we can. First of all, no one has the device that reads these anymore. And besides that, I doubt after all these years that they’re any good any more. Being stored in the attic, the heat and cold probably ruined them.”

The kids are very disappointed. No where amongst all the treasures are any actual prints. All that history is lost. Their connection with the past, and all the wonderful stories that might have gone along with all those photographs are gone as well.

Along with all the wonders of our digital age come some significant problems that most people have never thought of.

Did you know that something over 90% of all images taken on today’s digital cameras are NEVER PRINTED? I’m guilty of that myself. I have gigabytes of personal photographs that have never been seen other than on a computer screen.

In the old days, film went to the lab, and everything that was printable was printed. Even if it was a bad photograph, it still was a hard copy, a part of your family history, and it had permanence. Even if it never went in an album, it at least went into a box, to be discovered as treasures years later.

I just came across some wonderful old prints of my mother’s childhood from back in the 1920s. They’re TREASURES. They connect me with my past, and keep alive some of the memories of the stories my mother told me about growing up.

Along with those were lots of other family history photographs. Grandparents and great grandparents I never knew, but I have photographs of them. Yes, I’ve had to do some restoration on them but I had the hard copy that allowed me to do this.

But that’s not even possible with images that never leave the hard drive, and are lost when the hard drive fails. Or with images that are placed on CDs or DVDs, because the chances of being able to read them in 50 years is just about zero.

Try to find an 8 track tape player today. Or one of those large 12 inch floppy drives, or even a 5 inch floppy. And those were popular less than 20 years ago.

The same problem exists in professional portrait studios today. Many people are simply asking for the images on CD. “I’ll print them later” or “I’ll design my own wedding album” are common phrases. Usually this is done with the thought that they’ll save some money by doing it themselves.

But you know what? Most never make it into any kind of an album. Life gets busy, other things get in the way, and 5 years later, they’ll still only have a disk. Kids come along, and life gets insane, and 20 years later, they’ll be looking for some way to read those disks, if they even happen to think about it.

And then 50 years later, the grandkids are having the conversation with their parents.

I work with a wedding planner –a professional in the wedding business – who fit’s this description perfectly. Her photographer simply gave her some proofs and a disk. Five years later, that’s all she has, and she’s admitted that it’s likely that it’s all she’ll ever have, because now with a new baby, she’ll probably never get around to designing an album. Life now has other priorities.

We periodically get calls from people in this situation, wondering if we would design an album for them; Or retouch images that were never retouched. Or if we can “fix” the poor quality images that were taken by someone who didn’t know how, or feel the need to provide a quality finished product.

I bring this up only to point out the importance of what we, as a professional studio, do. Our job is not just to create the images, to create wonderful story telling photographs about the people in front of our camera; it’s to create a final product, whether it be a professionally retouched and printed single image, a family heirloom wall portrait, or an incredible storybook album using a collection of the images that were created. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a wedding, a newborn baby, a senior or a family. Having the final product created for you is important. To do less is to leave the job half done, and to short-change the customer.

Then, if you want a disk with all the images “so I can print them later” that’s fine. At least you’ll have something wonderful to show, something our family will love for generations, and something your grandchildren can truly get excited about when they discover that box in the attic.

Fred Molesworth owns and operates a studio in Salem, Oregon.

And now for a random photo, because a post always looks better with a photo! This is the new Cooper River Bridge in Charleston, SC. :)

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