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Friday, December 13, 2013

Too many photos?

Yes, Virginia, you can take too many photos!!  For the last two months I have been making albums for my husband's two oldest sons, my step sons.  They were nine and eleven when we married, fifty-one years ago.  It was fun and they and families will have have these albums (2 each) for, I hope, hundreds of years.
   That leaves our youngest son, now forty-six years, the baby of four boys.  And, my husband and I each had very good SLR cameras.  The ones my husband took were on slides; they have already been scanned to digital format but mine are prints.  That means going through five photo albums.  So, I am struggling with, how many photos do you actually need?  His baby book has one of every school year with many birthday photos.  Do you see where I am going.  You really do not need photos of kids riding their bike, no matter how cute they are.  Now, to be included in my albums, the photo has to have multiple family members.  And, the most important part, is the journaling.  Our family is scattered from Texas to Seattle, WA; North Little Rock, AR and includes a strong link to Georgia.  Yes, with the digital cameras today it is fun to take lots of photos and yes, if I were scrapping my young children, I would make as many pages as I wanted.  What I am trying to do here, is let myself know, that leaving all those print photos that will not make it into his album, is okay.  This son and wife only have one child, a male.  I cannot burden him with multiple albums.  Storage of 12 x 12 albums becomes a physical burden when you get into the dozens.  Yes, I am family historian and have spent the last ten years doing albums of our ancestors.
   Digital photographs has revolutionized family history keeping.  I just wonder what new inventions will make them obsolete?  Nothing stays the same.