When I was a little girl, turning through albums was my favorite thing in the world. As I turned through the pages, I remember feeling overwhelmed with curiosity. Who were these people, and more importantly, what is their story? My favorite place in the world was my grandma’s house. She lived in a log cabin in the woods, which was known for it’s circular gravel driveway, an overabundance of chain-smoking, and an incredible wall of family history. When you first walked through the door, you’d hear a bell ring, and then as you turned the corner, you saw a wall full of framed photographs. It was like a piece of history, and each and every person on that wall had a legacy that lived on. When I was at my grandma’s alone, I could almost always be found with an ice-cold cup of chocolate milk, snuggled into the couch with a warm blanket and a photo album.

As a photographer, I’ve recently made the switch from solely providing digital files, to offering the beautiful goodness shown above. I made this decision because wanted to offer you more. As I’ve grown older, I’ve found that life never slows down. You can have every intention of getting those photos printed, but before you know it, your images are just sitting in a dark, lonely drawer. If you know me, you know that I believe that if an image isn’t printed, then it doesn’t exist.

I feel that way with the best intentions, I promise. Just think, what if all you had is a USB and it gets damaged? Technology is advancing at a faster rate than it ever has before. Ten years ago we gave out discs with images, and now the most recent versions of some computers don’t even have disc drives. My point is, technology, clouds, and other forms of ‘back up’ services can fail. They can shut down, and if that happens, your images are gone. I would hate for you to put your time and energy and love into documenting this time in your life, just to lose it.

Technology is wonderful, and I absolutely want you to have access to your digital archives, which is why I include them in some way with any product that’s purchased. I want you to have them for archival purposes, but I also want you to have something tangible to enjoy from the moment you walk out of my care. I want your kids, and your future grandchildren to have albums to look at. I want them to have the opportunity to turn through the pages of your life, to ask questions, to know where they come from, and most importantly to know that they always have a place they belong. They’ll be reminded of this when they see themselves in the photographs that are displayed on your walls.

Before you decide to leave with just the digitals, please consider this. You won’t regret it, I promise.