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Important Photos for Life

The last few weeks at work have been quite thought provoking.

You see, I make part of my living restoring photos. In the last several weeks I have had the unfortunate job of working on a number of photos of people that have recently died.

Relatives of the recently deceased bring in their snapshots (some crinkled and in ruins) and want a finished portrait produced from their crinkled, blurry, faded snapshot. It’s hard to believe that these images are the best photos that they have of their loved ones.

Although, through modern digital imaging techniques, we are actually able to produce a decent “portrait” from these snapshots, I can’t help but think how nice it would have been if someone in the family had actually taken some decent pictures of their loved one while they were still alive.

Pictures of family, friends and special family events are what truly lives on in our personal histories. So, while we are all out photographing for stock, art, or whatever, let’s not forget to photograph what really matters, our family, our friends.

And, just because we find ourselves behind the camera most of the time taking the pictures, let’s not forget to get out in front of it once in a while so we have some decent images of ourselves to include in our own personal and family histories.

By the way, I love this photo. It made me smile. A wonderful natural shot to remember a point in time in a family's life.

Photo credits: Jason Schulz.

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January 20, 2008


Very good article. I am always taking family pictures and I am never in them. Thank you for the great article.

January 18, 2008


So true... family seems like an obvious subject for photographs but I tend to neglect it except for the small children. A good reminder!

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