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Monday, March 12, 2012

Preserving the times of your life

One of the most important purchases you can make is a good camera!  Preserving memories is one thing you don't want to skimp on.  Trust me on that one!  When I got married, I was so so focused on other things, it didn't even occur to me to have a designated photographer at the temple where we were married.  It was a very small group and thankfully, my brother-in-law brought a camera and took about 5 pictures of my husband and me after the ceremony.  That's all I have from one of the most important days of my life.  I truly regret that now.  We don't have very many pictures of our older kids either from when they were babies.  With digital cameras so easy to use and inexpensive, there's no reason not to have visual memories of the adventures of your family.  Another plus with digital cameras is that you can take a large number of pictures, preview them and delete those that aren't worth saving.  Be sure to store them on a secure photo sharing website (like Flickr, Snapfish or Shutterfly)  and not just on your computer hard drive.  That's another thing I learned the hard way...when the hard drive crashed and I lost several years worth of pictures!  One more thing...printing digital pictures is very inexpensive and you should consider keeping traditional photo albums of your favorite pictures, special occasions, and unique experiences.  There is something about sitting on the couch, looking through old pictures that can't be duplicated by gathering around the computer screen.


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