| Written by Ronnie |
There are so many memory keeping options out there, and we all have so many stories to tell, that sometimes it's hard to know where to even begin.
That's why it's so important to see the big picture.
You need a framework. A system. An overall vision that helps determine how all the individual parts come together.
Ask yourself this: what is your overarching plan of action?
In other words, what do you want to end up with in ten years' time?
How many photo books would you want to have, and what sort of photo books will they be? Traditional ones, or story books? What about albums? Scrapbooks? Journals? What sort of stories would you want to read? Your family's stories? Your children's stories? Your personal stories?
Answering these questions will help you to piece together your overall plan - your framework. This in turn will then determine the memory keeping projects you're going to take on for here on: for this year, for next year, for the year after that. This same framework will also determine how you tackle your 'backlog' - in other words, how you want to capture or document the stories from the past.
When it comes to developing your own framework, here are some factors you should consider:
- What memory keeping projects have you already taken on?
- How many children do you have or are planning or having?
- Are you the type of person who takes lots of photos?
- Do you like to journal? Or do you prefer photos over words?
- How many photos do you have from the past?
- How are you likely to take photos in the future?
- Do you tend to capture everyday moments with your phone camera and portrait shots with your DSLR or do you capture a mixture of everything on both devices?
- How much time are you willing to devote to memory keeping?
- What do you have the budget for?
In the end, it doesn’t matter what anyone else is doing. Everybody's 'big picture' is different. The reality is that what you do for your children and your family will look different to what others do, and that is okay. It is your story, and you can choose however it is that you want to tell it and document it.
And even though it will take some time to actually work out what your framework is, once you have it, once you see the big picture, everything else will start to fall into place...
You can read the other posts in this series here.