I follow a lot of folks on Instgram – professional photographers, bloggers, friends, and family to name a few. And I’ve noticed a trend. There are lots of Instgram accounts and blogs for moms with cameras, but nothing for dads! So, I did tag search on Instagram for #clickindads, and I found a singular post. Disheartened, I searched a few other various tags and accounts, and found there were almost no accounts which featured or celebrated dads with cameras!
Now I thoroughly enjoy the @ClickInMoms and @momtog feeds, but I kept wondering where are the feeds with photos by dad’s with cameras??
I figured this situation had to be quickly rectified! I know there are dads out there just like me: Dads who are creative, talented, and love taking photos of their kids! So, I created the @ClickInDads account on Instagram.
@ClickInDads is dedicated to the dads out there capturing photos of their kids! If this is you, please follow @ClickInDads and use #clickindads to tag your photos for a chance to be featured.
In the age of digital this and electronic that, the power and importance of printed photographs has been seemingly tossed to the way side with little regard. I often fall prey to the digital monster so to speak, spending so much time viewing and posting to Instagram and Facebook. But as I considered the power behind printed photographs, I ask that you take a second to do it as well.
Think about your home for second – consider how it would feel if you didn’t have any photographs on the wall, the mantle, or the refrigerator. Would it feel like home? Would you feel like something was missing, some connection to your family or to the past?
If you have guests to your home, take another second and consider what if all you had were the digital photos on your computer, and the hard drive crashed and you lost all of those special photos?
It’s proven that properly printed photographs stand the test of time. Take a look at any museum or library, and I can almost guarantee they have photos over 100 years old. How about the photos in your families photo album; how far back to do they go?
The more digital files are copied, moved, backed up, etc. The quality of the photo degrades. No matter how much you try to recover the file the quality won’t be what it once was. And once that digital photo is gone, it’s gone. Properly printed photos on the other hand tend to survive much longer, and under harsh conditions. Consider the following for just a moment:
- Printed photos can be reproduced. I can make a digital copy of a printed photo and print more photos.
- Printed photos which are damaged can often be restored and possibly even fully recovered.
Properly printed photos are priceless, tangible, and contain memories of, feelings about, and insight into our past - connections which are greatly diminished when all we have of those memories are these digital files.
What does a printed photo mean to you?
When was the last time you had a photo actually printed?
To me, traditions in general are hugely important, even more so are family traditions. Growing up there were traditions I always looked forward to, like going on vacation to visit family in Virginia Beach during the summer and at Christmas. And then there were traditions I didn't really like at the time, but only now really understand the importance of, like taking a family photo that' has the whole family in it.