I was chatting with someone the other day who was expressing their despair at the decline of the photo album. "Looking at photos on a computer screen will never be the same as flipping through an album that you can hold in your hand."
I agree. It won't ever be the same.
Let's be honest though, how many people (back in the 'old' days) spent time mounting all their photos in an album? And how many shoved them randomly in a shoebox or left them in the same packet they came in from the chemist? I have to admit, I've always enjoyed taking photos and certainly when I was younger (long before the days of the internet) I spent hours mounting all my photos in albums - a new album for every year in fact! Now I have a number of large, heavy photo albums residing in a cupboard in my garage.
Of course, I dig them out occasionally, when I'm looking for a particular photograph (made easier to find if I can narrow it down to a specific year), but browsing through them, nope, rarely happens.
Carry your photos with you wherever you go
The advent of the digital camera certainly changed all that. We might not be able to touch and feel our photographic memories like we used to, but let's be honest, who really cares about photo albums?
These days, we pretty much carry out photos around with us wherever we go. They are available at any time, right at our fingertips, held on our smartphones, which double as a camera and storage device, making our favourite (and not so favourite) moments instantly viewable whenever the urge takes us. Do we flick through them more than we might flick through an album? Of course we do! Just recently my hairdresser was asking about my cats, my boat and my latest fancy dress party costume, and a quick reach into my handbag meant I could update her instantly by swiping through the photos on my smartphone. Well, she asked for it!
If my house burnt down, I would most likely lose all those photo albums stored in my garage. Now that would be a very sad day. On the bright side, I'd still have access to many of the pics I've taken since those old album days, because they are stored on Facebook, Instagram, the Cloud, etc.
Many people hassle their children about the number of 'selfies' they take. People see it as vain and self absorbed. I see it as having fun whilst taking photos of themselves growing up. Many people hate having their photo taken and its wonderful that selfies appear to have changed that, especially amongst the younger generation. There they are with their friends, families, pets or in a fave location - what's so bad about that? One day they'll be able to show their own kids how it was when they were young. Their children will be able to browse through their parent's Facebook page, have a good laugh, and see what they got up to 'back in the day'. Surely that's way better than digging out a dusty old photo album or disorganised shoebox from some dark cupboard in the garage.
Times have changed
Of course, the days of excited anticipation at finding an undeveloped film canister at the back of a cluttered drawer are long gone. So too, are the feelings of disappointment when you picked up your photos from the chemist days (or weeks) later, only to discover your precious Christmas Day family photos are blurred, over exposed or everyone had their eyes shut!
For those extra special moments, like Weddings or a big birthday celebration, you can still create a gorgeous Photo Book. A colourful and beautiful selection of digital images that won't fade over time and won't change colour (now, what was the name of that film that kept developing your photos so they eventually took on a weird shade of orange?!), to have and to hold and to browse through whenever you're feeling nostalgic, or to simply make use of that cupboard in the garage.
It's a celebration!
I celebrate the digital age of photography! I always have my camera (aka smartphone) with me and I'm constantly taking photos of all sorts of things. I can edit them, enhance them, crop them, instantly upload them to online sites if I wish, and browse through them whenever I want and wherever I am. Why? Because I can! Because it's easy! Because it doesn't cost time or money to develop them and because they don't need to take up precious storage space in my home.
So, next time you're out in restaurant with your family, ask the waitress to take a photo of you all. In fact, ask them to take a few - that way you will never get an out of focus photo, where everyone's eyes are closed, ever again! And don't forget to SMILE! :)
A 5.00am kick off on Sunday 1 November meant a rather early rise to prepare for the arrival of our 11 guests. Everyone dressed in black and we were full of excitement – mixed in with a few nerves - at the prospect of winning the Rugby World Cup 2015.
We settle down to watch a slightly nerve wrecking start as the two teams both scored points. As the first half progressed, the all Blacks started to pull ahead. The halftime score made us feel pretty confident, with Australia only having three points on the board and New Zealand with 16.
The beginning of the second half kicked off with a fabulous try scored by the All Blacks, making us feel even more confident. However, our smiles soon started to turn to worried faces as the Wallabies started to close the gap, making the score a bit too close for comfort. An incredible kick between the goal posts by Daniel Carter got us all excited again (he’s such a star!), and this was soon followed by a storming try by Ma’a Nonu.
As the clock ticked towards full time, the gap in the score had widened enough, that I actually missed the last few minutes of the game, because I was already in the kitchen pouring the champagne!
Squeals of joy erupted in the lounge, with hugs and kisses all round, loads of laughter and even a celebratory cigar! We were all exhausted and utterly delighted with our win - it felt like we had just played the match ourselves!
After much happy chatter over a fabulous cooked breakfast, our guests left with happy smiling faces, giving us a few hours to prepare for round two – the arrival of our lunchtime guests! We spent a glorious Sunday afternoon sitting in the sun, on our deck, with great friends, more champagne and a yummy barbecue lunch. Everyone was feeling relaxed and happy - like all was right in the world.
This morning I have woken up still feeling ecstatic at the 34 - 17 win by the All Blacks over the Wallabies. I love living in New Zealand and love how everyone gets together to support our national teams at events like this
To once again quote all Blacks captain, Richie McCaw, after winning the 2011 Rugby World Cup - "Everyone's part of the All Blacks. We're just the ones that go out and play."
And of course, if the weather’s nice, we can always go boating next weekend..!
I am also pleased to say that none of our group members resigned while I was a facilitator (phew!), and in fact, we even managed to increase numbers by one!
I guess I can't take all the credit though. The ladies we have in our group are all extremely friendly, exhude confidence, are very good at what they do, and many have reached incredible goals, such as, featuring in magazines, appearing on television, winning awards within their industry, and so on. I also had the help of Bernadette - my wonderful and bubbly assistant - plus, we are fortunate enough to hold our meetings in what I reckon has got to be one of the best and most unique venues in the country (The Lounge).
Congratulations to Sue and Dianne who are taking over the reigns as our new meeting facilitators, and I hope you have as much fun as I did. Remember, if it doesn't kill you, it makes you stronger. Oh, and if all else fails - bribe them with cake!
Dear old Logo,
You have been wonderful to me over the last six and a half years. You've been there for me right from the start and I truly appreciate all the loyalty and support you have given me over the years.
We've had some really great times together, some good laughs, really fun moments and lots of shared memories. But something’s missing. We both know it. Our time together is coming to an end and I know you understand. There are only a couple of days left before we go our separate ways. I have been procrastinating for a long while and putting it off for as long as I can, however, things just aren’t the same as they used to be.
I admire you for the sense of confidence and self esteem you have given me. You were there for me as I grew and we took on the world together. Thank you for sharing this journey with me
I hope we can still be friends. I will never forget you and you will always hold a special place in my heart.
Had a fabulous time at The Cath Vincent Show Season 2 Launch Concert, held at The Tuning Fork, on Saturday night, 2 May 2015.
An awesome night of music and entertainment, plus we got a sneak preview of the upcoming series.
Lots of special guests (My Virtual Assistant was one!) attended the evening and the music line-up showcased some hugely talented, up-and-coming New Zealand singer/songwriters, including Sam RB, Jasper Hawkings, Veronica Grace and the ever-popular Wilde & Rich.