When I was young, my Dad bought a video camera from a garage sale. It was older, and my Dad gave us free reign to video whatever we wanted as long as we promised not to erase anything we made, no matter the quality. He would give us new VHS (tapes!) if we needed, and told us we’d thank him one day. He was right (thanks, Dad!) I DO treasure the amazing vault of videos we have that portray my childhood.
That’s the journaling, the documenting, and it’s what I want to keep going with this site, and my photographs in general. This site for me started in college, and I used it as a blog, and as a space to share our daily lives, and record where we are in time. I’ve used it to play around with different platforms, technologies, try different tools, but ultimately, I have used it to communicate with friends and family. So with that in mind, I really want to hone in on the storytelling aspect of photos and videos, and make our memories lasting.
This site is my attempt to try to document the fleeting moments that seem so mundane today, but years later will trigger a flood of memories. The chair that is falling apart in our living room, or the cards we get in the mail from our parents and grandparents. The toys our kids play with and the spaces they decorate. I want to tell a story and remember the emotions. I know when family members and friends are no longer with us, these photos and videos will be invaluable.
So welcome to my history and my present, and I hope you enjoy the sharing! My main audience is our family, so if posts are few and far between, fear not, I’m still updating behind the scenes. But if it’s for family, why the public site? It’s an easy way for me to stay connected, and engage with the world around me. And heck, I’m still a developer at heart, even if I don’t do it in my day-to-day anymore. So I still use this site as my outlet, and a place for me to play and practice. I also love the online communities I’ve become a part of, and I hope to one day revive and re-purpose the blog. I may not have as many family stories to share as my kids grow older, but I hope this will remain a place I can keep on continuing to grow!