Photos Are Treasures

Since becoming a Certified Photo Organizer, I’ve started a journey of my own to organize all my photos. There are SO MANY in my possession! But there are also photos and memories in my parents' home that hold the keys to my childhood that I want to preserve for myself as well as for my daughters.

This summer, I’m going home to Canada, armed with a small portable scanner, to capture those memories and the stories that go with them. I will be able to scan the photos in my parents' possession and then record the voice of my Mom or my Dad telling me the story behind the photo.

I've also gathered a few of my favorite photos that I already have in my possession and I'll be asking my other family members questions about them to see what their side of the story was when the photo was taken. For example, I think my brother Guy was helping me get ready for school, but I want to know more about what was going on!

 My younger brother Guy helps me get ready for the first day of school.

My younger brother Guy helps me get ready for the first day of school.

Another precious photo is this one where my dad is holding me when I was a baby. I'd love to hear him describe his thoughts in that moment. He looks so proud!

 One of the first pictures of Dad and I.

One of the first pictures of Dad and I.

If I’m lucky, maybe my sister will share photos from her collection and I’ll record her “version” of an adventure in a photo. That will be fun!

I don’t want to lose this opportunity. Not only do I want to go through my parents' photos with them, but I also want to understand what was happening when the photo was taken. The who-what-where is very important, but the why and/or how of photos is even richer. When these print photos are scanned, they will become part of my digital photo collection that I can treasure and pass on to my children.

Which family member would you most love getting together with to share stories behind photos?