I have so many pictures on my phone. Like, an unbelievable amount beyond five thousand. And that's just on the phone I've had the last two-and-a-half-ish years. I think back to my grandmother who had probably less than fifty pictures displayed around the walls of her home and within photo albums and how proud of each picture she was. Simply put: during her lifetime she amassed less than 10% of the pictures I've taken in less than three years. She knew every story for every single picture and loved looking around at all the memories she'd collected throughout the years.
It used to be special to get pictures developed and framed. These days, we scroll our Facebook wall and Instagram feed to show people our favorite pictures (often while sitting in our own homes); we've lost the appreciation for those visual memories with the age of convenience. I love seeing my customers pick a favorite photo out of their phones and then picking that special frame off the wall. After they put the frame and matting together, they're so happy with what they've created. It's one of my absolute favorite things in the world, just knowing that they're going to take it home and put it somewhere they can see it forever.