Lasting Memories Fading Fast

Looking through our old pictures is something we do every now and then. It’s fun to think about what life was like back then, and how it is now. Not only do you change personally but the times change, the world changes around you. Pictures of Bailey are very dear to my heart, I have hundreds. Especially when he was a baby, in my opinion he was the cutest baby boy there ever was! From the second he came out, we captured every milestone, just about every smile, every cup of pudding he ate all by himself, even sitting on the big boy toilet. Those will surly come in handy when he’s about 16 and brings his girlfriend home to meet the parents.

For Mothers Day I had Bailey paint his Grandma Joy a frame. It came out darling! As he was painting away, I was going through one of many boxes of pictures. I was trying to find a recent one to put in the frame. The only recent photos I had of him were school and sports photos. Professional photos. I was wanting a cute snap shot of him. A fun picture, not a staged perfect smile, perfect hair kind of picture.

As I was going through all these pictures it dawned on me; since we’ve owned a digital camera we have hardly any “real” pictures. The ones you can hold in your hand. I think a lot of people have forgotten about those kids of pictures! I sure have. Digital cameras are wonderful, you can take hundreds of photos and delete the ones you don’t want. The problem is this, I upload them to my computer and there they sit. I have a used printer/scanner (thank you Sue!) but it doesn’t print out pictures quite like film does. I mainly use it for the scanner. Maybe I just need a brand new printer. Either way, I am losing all these very special moments to cyberspace.

I’ve actually looked for a film camera. I have found some online for a reasonable amount, but do they sale film anymore? I don’t know, I haven’t looked. I’ve also thought about buying one of those Kodak Easy Printers, but my goodness those are they expensive too. I don’t know what to do. Invest in a nice printer, buy an Easy Printer or a film camera for special events. Does anyone here have a Kodak Easy Printer? Does anyone use a film camera anymore? My next question is, do you have to have a Kodak camera to use the Kodak easy printer?

I need to figure this out before Bailey is an adult and he looks back and only has photos of himself until the age of 6! I know, you can take your memory card to the Kodak counter and print them off there, but I just don’t. It’s a pain and not convenient for me. I want to drop off and be on my way. Unless I had an option at home, that’s even better! What should I do?! I need to save these memories one way or another, and the easiest, fastest and cheapest way is the way I want to go. Any suggestions?

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18 Responses to Lasting Memories Fading Fast

  1. SKL says:

    I don’t know about cheap, but what I do is log onto Walgreens.com and upload the pics I want to print. They will print them within hours at the nearest Walgreens. There are probably other chains near you that will do the same. Check it out.

    I am pretty bad about photos. I think I still have rolls of undeveloped film from at least 10 years ago. Probably from some cool vacation. I doubt the film would even develop any more. I love photos, I just need to get organized.

    Here’s an idea I plan to do for my kids (and I’d better get it done soon as they are growing up!). I want to compile a life book for each of them. Each has a very unique life story with different people involved up to October 2007. I’d like to make a copy for their foster families, too. I know that you can order bound books and other gifts made using your photos at Walgreens.com and probably lots of other sites too. It’s just a matter of figuring out what you want, and getting it done. As far as the cost, I don’t have time to compare down to the penny. But if you’re not going to do this very often, I feel it’s better to do it and get it done, rather than analyze it until a lot more time has passed.

  2. Laura says:

    I had this very same conversation with Haley a couple days ago… she suggested Snapfish.com. I’m holding in my hand a Snapfish product that she gave me – the invite to her brother’s graduation party. It looks really nice. It’s printed on Fuji paper, and you can choose between glossy or matte finish (which is very important to me – I’m a matte finish girl). Her mom recently had around 200 photos printed for something like $25. I’m seriously considering uploading the contents of my hard drive and having them printed, because like you, I have the last two years of Josh’s life saved on my hard drive. I have nothing printed out.

    And then, once I do that, I have to get my fanny in gear and get all those pics dated, labeled, and into photo albums… I have stacks and stacks of photos from before ’08 (when I got my first digital) in photo boxes. At least they’re labeled and dated. But really, I should get them into the albums.

  3. lucy says:

    I would also suggest getting them printed somewhere. Walgreens, walmart, snapfish, flikr, and picasa are all options. They are pretty cheap too. Its probably also cheaper to do that than buy a whole new camera and having to buy film for it, which can be expensive.

    One word or advice to you and others. Do not use snap fish to “back” up all of your pictures. I had a whole lot of my pictures on it and when my hard drive failed I thought “oh, no problem. I’ll just download them from snapfish.” Well, unfortunately snap fish doesn’t store the picture in jpg format and you can’t download the picture with the same quality. So if you are planning using some online medium to back up your pictures I would suggest either picasa or flikr.

    • Joy says:

      I didn’t even know Flikr was still around. I thought they sold out years ago. That’s interesting to know. I liked that. Hey you Canadians, is it available in Canada? Maybe that’s what happened.

  4. Joy says:

    This is such a good subject. I’m a lot like SKL whereas before the digital, I’d take 12 rolls of film and not develop them right away. Unless they were REALLY important, I can remember I used to not know what was even on the film I was taking in and would take handfuls of film at a time. The last time I used my “film” camera was for Eric’s wedding. I was taking the photo’s and my digital was acting up and I knew I could depend on my good ol’ film camera. Yes, you can still buy film Nikki but it’s not out like it used to be and in the checkout isle of the all the stores. You know what else this post made me think of is all those one hour photo places that used to be all over the place, Foto-mat. Remember those little buildings? They used to be all over in the parking lots of malls. LOL!!

    As far as the Kodak easy printer, I have no idea. You’d have to look it up to see what kind of camera you need to use it but I’m guessing it’s just a USB cord and your computer will recognize it when you plug it in. I could be wrong though. That’s happened on a few occasions 😉

    I just got a new camera and I bought a handy little printer to go with it and it came on Sat and I haven’t even had the chance to look at it. I want to look at it when I’m alone and won’t be interrupted and that hasn’t happened yet. I’m guessing the pics will be “okay” but how good are they, or can you expect them to be for $100. IMO, your pictures are only going to be as good as your camera will take them and your printer will print them. I’ve seen really good pictures that people have taken but their printer makes them look awful. I’m fortunate, my printer (my big printer) takes photo shop quality pictures but it’s on Paul’s computer so I wanted one to just use for “fun” photo’s. I’ve set my mind to learn this little printer today. It’s the Canon Selphy CP780 and I’ll let you know how it works. It should work in Jason’s work camera since that’s the camera I got.

    I used to be a big fan of Flickr but they sold out and I want to say to Snapfish. It was so many years ago and now I want to say I don’t remember why but there was something I didn’t like about Snapfish but I can’t for the life of me remember what it was so I never used it. Besides, unless you upload them somewhere, you still have to send them “somewhere” to be printed out. I was never good at that so thankfully, we have millions of pictures of the kids. I always “mean” to do things but they get away from me. What a person “should” do is upload them and order them from Walmart or Target like SKL mentioned. I’ve ordered pictures over the Internet and had them sent to the Walmart in Buffalo for my mom. Darryl has done that too but it’s just a matter of doing it. You can upload pictures to Target and they will deliver them in your US mail.

    If you want photo’s you can hold in your hand, this is the only way you’ll get them and like you said, sometimes you just want that goofy picture for something and you look around and all you have are “posed” professional pictures and honestly, I’m not a huge fan of those. They are just too staged for me. Nobody is dressed up all the time looking perfect.

    Good post Nikki.

    • SKL says:

      Interesting point about the “posed” pictures. I think I am the only person at my kids’ daycare who doesn’t buy the school photos. I tell them in advance that I will not be buying them. Then they still take them and offer them to me after the fact. Needless to say, the kids are not dressed up, their hair is messy, and most likely they have goop on their faces by the time the photographer shows up. Plus they put on fake or goofy smiles. It is so easy to take good photos myself, pick the best ones, crop them, and make the number of copies I choose at a much lower price. And I have the electronic copies so I can email them or put them on keepsakes or whatever. Seems quite logical to me. But I still get the most horrified looks at the daycare when I say “no thank you.” And my friend keeps “hint-hint” giving me discount coupons for Christmas / Easter photo sittings with professionals. Again, no thank you! Although it took over 100 shots the first Christmas, I manage to get cute photos when I need them.

      Speaking of the “you are a terrible mother” look from the daycare staff, I got that again this morning. My crime: not providing short-sleeved shirts for the first hot day of the year. (I mean, last Friday was frigid, and the weekend was rainy, so who knew Monday would be hot?) My kids reportedly got sweaty yesterday. Since when is it a problem for kids to get sweaty when they play outside? Today not 1 but 2 teachers voiced their disapproval when my kids showed up again in thin but long or medium-length sleeves. The horror!

      • Nikki says:

        I always buy the smallest package, mainly because I like to have one for each year. And that way he is in the class picture and year book. I think I may do the uploading to Walmart. When I have time to go through all of them, that is! Especially after reading Laura’s comment about them fading. It may be my best bet.

  5. Laura says:

    My in-laws have a Kodak setup. They bought the camera and the little specialty dock/printer together a couple of years ago. They haven’t had any complaints. They are also the type of people who will shoot a hundred pictures, then sit down almost immediately and print them out. They’re very organized.

    The problem that I have with using a regular desktop printer (or any home-based printer) to do pictures is that the pictures fade. I’ve printed a few pictures and either put them up on their own or framed them, and in both cases, eventually, the color washed out – MUCH faster than the old-fashioned Kodak pics that you’d get when you developed your film pics. I suspect, when you get the pics professionally printed, they use a different process, or a coating, or something, that helps preserve the color of the photos.

    • Joy says:

      I’ve noticed that too Laura. That’s why when I’m scrap-booking I always upload them Target and have them mailed to me.

  6. Karen Joy says:

    I am in such need to get my pics developed too.I have pics on my digital from 2 christmas’s ago.I usually just go to Walmart and have them printed there.And Joy,I dont believe Flikr is available here,I dont know anything about it anyhow.Snapfish either.My aunt used to email me pics through Snapfish but thats the first Id heard of it.Im usually out of touch with things like that though.I just bought an external hard drive(a little dealy from Costco-My Passport) and now have my pics safely stored on that but I still want to develope most.I have a stack of frames I purchased on our last holiday and need something to put in them.Think I might have to make myself a reminder note to do this.Crazy!

  7. starlaschat says:

    I have to comment first on the header then I will scroll back up and read. :+) This is my all time favorite header! I really really really love this one everything about it. It is so sweet. I remember Joy that you took this picture, it tells such a sweet story. A timeless classic.

    • starlaschat says:

      It is a problem I’m not sure what the answer is like you said maybe buying a fancy printer. I have the same problem at my house I don’t print my digital photos much and they do seem to get lost into digital space. Occasionally we have Costco print up something they do a pretty good job for a pretty good price and you can order from home.

    • Joy says:

      I’d love to take the credit for this photo but alas, I can’t. Laura took it and I did have it on the blog last summer for a while. She took it and I asked her for it again because I knew it “fit.” It’s really hard to find just the right photo for that header as you know. You have such a small area with that cropping tool and so many people think the closer to the person or subject you zoom in on the better, that’s not so for many reasons and BIG HUGE photo’s won’t work on there.

      But thanks, I love this shot. Laura, take your bow now.

    • Laura says:

      I’ll have Josh take a bow when he gets home… after all, he’s the subject of the photo. I just sat on the porch and snapped a picture.

      Thank you for the compliment!

  8. Sue says:

    I noticed the same thing when I started scrapbooking. I went to make my first scrapbook of our trip to Wisconsin Dells and most of my pic’s were digital. I have found the best way to get a good quality picture from digital pictures is to have it printed somewhere like Target, Walmart, Walgreens, ect. They have professional equipment, the picture looks better and it lasts longer. I L-O-V-E the printer I got for Christmas and it makes wonderful prints, but for doing any type of project I would say have them printed elsewhere. I prefer Cashwise, but Walmart does a nice job too.

  9. Laura says:

    I might just be biased toward Kodak, since I always brought my film to places that used Kodak paper.

    I use Photobucket.com to share pics with my family, and I just checked on there. They have a photo-printing service – they’re partnered with Kodak. The pics start at .15/print, and they start at 4×6 and go up. You can get glossy or matte finish, and add borders or change the tint (regular color, b/w, or sepia).

    I haven’t used the service to print anything yet, but I’ve had really good luck with uploading/sharing photos with family.

    • Laura says:

      Oh… they also have (at photobucket) the option to print your pictures on/in stuff… beer steins, mouse pads, coffee cups, bags, playing cards, greeting cards… and I think they also have a digital scrapbook service.

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