Wouldn't it be nice if you could look into the future and see what wonderful things life has in store for you? Maybe you would see yourself slim and trim in your bathing suit on a tropical beach. Maybe you would see yourself romantically looking into the eyes of the person you love in front of the perfect sunset. Maybe you would see yourself at a family reunion having a great time and laughing with the people you love.
OK, let's look into our crystal ball and see what's happening at our family reunion in 2037, 25 years from now. What do people do most at reunions other than eat? Talk about the past and that's about the time that the old pictures come out. But in the year 2037 you will have to rely on your memory because you won't have any pictures to look at. Why? Because the digital revolution started back in the early 2000's and people stopped printing pictures.
Right now you feel safe knowing that all your family history is safely stored on your computer, your camera, your USB drive or a multitude of other places. They might be safe for now, but since we can't see the future I wouldn't be so sure. When you think about how much photo technology has changed in just 10 years I think it would be safe to say that in 25 years we won't be storing our pictures on CD's, and if we don't print our important pictures now it could cause all kinds of problems for us in the future.
What if a huge fight breaks out at the 2037 family reunion because someone said that your brother had always been bald since birth and nobody has a picture to prove that he really had a great head of hair back in 2011? What about you're lying uncle who likes to tell the story about the 24-point buck he bagged back in the old days? It sure would be nice to have a picture to prove it was only a six-point. Not to mention how will your family be able to remember how cute you were or how pretty your mom was or how much better looking you are than the rest of your family? I'm not saying you need to print every picture you ever take. We really don't need 200 prints of all the cute things your cat does, but an ordinary picture taken today can mean so much more in the future.
Print those pictures folks. Future generations depend on it.
(Brent Kepner is the owner and photographer at Foto 1 Pro Photo in Elkins. He is a Master Photographer, Certified Professional Photographer and past president of the Professional Photographers of West Virginia.)