Why my wife and I decided to take the plunge into full-time travel
We’ve always been travelers. We hitchhiked around western Europe for three months after graduating from college. And after we were married, we moved to Spain for two years. Even in the interim, when we had our careers and family, we traveled frequently out of the country. So, when the opportunity presented itself in 2010 to sell our house and business and hit the road full-time, it was just sort of a natural for us.
One place that’s more special than others
That would be Spain where we lived for two years, and went back to visit multiple times–sometimes by ourselves, and sometimes with our children. We pretty much love everything about Spain – from the cafe culture, to the food, to the friendly people, the art, and the climate. We’re probably going to end up living there one day. I’d also put Rome pretty high on my list. Italy is a very close second to Spain.
As one of the largest photo digitizing services in business, we have carefully scanned more than 130 million analog pieces, including photos, slides and negatives. It’s great when customers write to us, telling us how happy they are to have those memories saved. It’s even better when they share the heartwarming stories behind the photos.
We recently scanned and restored some images for Bob Ehinger of Michigan. The pictures and story he sent us are a timely tribute to both his father and to fatherhood. (more…)
Having a child graduate from high school is definitely up there among bittersweet parenting moments. There’s pride and happiness mixed in with other emotions that induce a lump in the throat. After all, it wasn’t that long ago when this young adult lay in your arms, swaddled in a hospital receiving blanket. ‘Where have the years gone?’ is a truism that always rings true for parents of high school seniors. You can replay many past moments in your head but it’s harder to put your finger on those transitions – when the tiny newborn became a chatty preschooler and then a spunky tween…and so on.
Luckily, the memories are there – captured in photos, mementos and school projects that most people stash away in shoeboxes and folders. Now is a great time to pull out and sort through these to make a beautiful memory book for the new graduate. (more…)
Why we take pictures
Photographs represent truth and memories. You only have to see one to remember how hot it was that day. You remember the smells of the market. You remember being with so and so. All these wonderful memories are triggered by looking at a photograph.
These days, I teach and travel a lot. I try to help people go from taking a typical picture to taking a better one. Telling stories has always been a big part of why we take pictures. I try to tell stories of my trips. Or the little things in life. Recently, I made a Mother’s Day film with pictures of my three year old (which were easy to find because I am organized now). I found 75 pictures, put them to music, added some text and it was ready – a four minute story of motherhood based on photos of my daughter and wife over the last three years. (more…)
She came. She took a quick look around. And then she proceeded to clean up.
Ever since Marie Kondo broke onto the decluttering scene with her tips for tidying and putting away, she has shaken up the home organization industry – in Japan, the US and around the world. Her name is tied to an entire organizing system – the KonMari method – and is increasingly used as a verb (as in “Can you kondo your kitchen in a day?”) She has built a cult following with her soothing advice to hoarders and packrats, disseminated through bestsellers such as ‘’The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up”. (more…)