Hey there! If you’ve been following along you’d know that the month of January has been set aside for me to catch up on my personal photo projects. Yep…that’s right…I get the entire month! I’ve made some good progress, but I have plenty left to do.
As I’m organizing my children’s professional photos that have been taken over the years starting in 1999 with my first baby, I have come across damaged portraits. In 2010 our basement was flooded and since I stored all of my treasured photos (professional and candid) in the cardboard photo boxes you find at Micheal’s, a few items were ruined. At that time I didn’t throw anything away. I let everything dry out and then placed everything “declared” of value in a bin for safe keeping. Now that I have the time to look everything over properly I’m finding portraits destined for the trash and I’m ok with that!
The family photo you see below was taken in 2006 (10 years ago!) while on vacation with our extended family who are not pictured. You can see where the discoloration is at the top and bottom of the photo, it’s brown and water-damaged. YUCK! I have no problem throwing this image away because this photo wasn’t printed on professional paper and that’s why it looks the way it does. At the time we made our portrait purchase my family also bought the digital disc in addition with the portrait order and that’s why I was able to make copies at the Wal-Mart lab. Knowing I have a disc of this image somewhere in a bin gives me the confidence to throw this cute family image away and move on.
Now let’s talk about print quality. In the photo above you see a small wallet photo of my cute girl and my damaged family portrait. As you know, the family portrait was printed at Wal-Mart’s 1 hour print lab, and my cute daughters portrait came from a professional studio, printed on professional paper. Her photo also has water damage but you can’t really tell and the color quality stayed intact. If this was the only photo I had of her I would definitely keep it. How and where you get your photos printed is very important if your thinking about future generations viewing your treasured portraits.
I have now made myself a note to find the said family portrait disc from 2010 and create a more professional copy for each of my kids. But the realization is….if I never find the disc or take action on printing this image again it will be lost forever and I have to be ok with that.
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All for now!