Things That Last

"Where is your favorite photograph from two years ago?" It's a question I'll ask my clients when they are considering which images they'd like to have me print as archival photographs. If you're like most people, it's tough to put your finger on a digital picture you loved. Is it still on your phone or ipad? Is it somewhere in the cloud? Or, maybe it's on the aging desktop computer at home. Digital photographs are enjoyed for a moment, but then are quickly buried by the onslaught of images we view and consume daily. 


Whenever I deliver a canvased senior portrait, I can see how it instantly becomes a treasured possession by my client -- it's a beautiful object infused with deep emotional value that they can have and hold. In our world of quick fixes and digital everything, I am privileged to offer something that will grow in significance with the passage of time.   

I recently ran across interesting article about the importance of printing photographs (not that anyone needed to convince me!).  

So, when I read that 22% of all hard drives fail after four years, I was floored - flash drives and DVD's aren't much better, with a lifespan of only 1-10 years. Can you imagine losing all of the memories from your childhood or high school (especially senior year) in a flash? All it takes is a failed hard drive, power surge, or lost phone, and poof! They're gone. 

This is why I think it is so important to continue to turn digital images into beautiful printed portraits you can enjoy in your home, and why I put so much care into every portrait I create. 

Here are a few highlights from the article - you can read the whole thing here, at Mohawk Paper

People think digital media will always be there—but that’s not necessarily the case - I have boxes of family photos from the 1800s. But when my daughter’s hard drive crashed, she lost all the baby pictures of her second child. People don’t realize it until they lose things.
— Mary Molinaro, leading educator with the Library of Congress’s Digital Preservation Outreach and Education program
Family photos will be important to our descendants ... and we’re facing a “forgotten generation” or even a forgotten century.... If there are photographs you care about, print them out.
— Vint Cerf (Chief Internet Evangelist, Google)


We want to help you make a treasure from your senior year. Make it count, and make it last!