Picture this

I have a lot of photos.

By a lot, I mean thousands…and thousands. A long time ago, I would carefully put my photos into albums. My first one is from the early ’70’s, and I honestly don’t know how many I have. After having kids, I was fastidious about putting pictures in albums for my boys (and myself).

But then I got busy, and my pictures started piling up in shoe boxes, envelopes, and bins. So every since about 1993 I’ve been collecting photos… in bins.

When I stopped using film and started my digital collection, organization got even worse. I have a 4 terabyte Lacie external hard drive with over 10,000 images on it. My cell phone has over 7,000 photos that I flip through almost daily, searching for the one that I’m looking for.

As you can see, I have a bit of a problem.

I saw this question the other day, and it got me thinking:

“If you could take a single photograph of your life, what would it look like?”

After I stopped hyperventilating at the thought of having ONE SINGLE PHOTOGRAPH , I tried to answer it the best I could.

A couple of years ago, my husband and I planned a trip to Yosemite for my birthday. I had never been and it was on my wish list. John suggested we invite my kids to go as well. So we secured cabins for all of us, and met up there.

That was one of my favorite birthdays. I loved that we were all together, out in nature, hiking and eating outside and sharing coffee over the fire in the morning.

So, if I could only have one photo of my life, it would be one with my family, all of them, and my dear friends, all gathered together enjoying each other surrounded by the beauty of nature.

My birthday 2013

What about you? How would answer that question?

Reader Comments

  1. DelBlogger

    Yes, I like you have bins, baskets and books of photos and if there was just one I could select it would be the one with my two young sons on Halloween 20 years ago – it is still my favorite and it’s on my desk at work.

    • Loretta Sayers
      Loretta Sayers

      Thank you! I think the question was more about how we “picture” our lives. At least that’s what I got out of it!

  2. Lisa

    Give me a couple weeks to dig through my bins and I might be able to answer you. I do know, though, that it would be a photo of mountains. Enjoyed this post and it made me laugh, thinking about old albums that I can no longer peel photos away from, the computer with digital photos (too easy to take millions) and THOSE BINS. I also have old family photos that I wish someone had written on the backs of. Which gives me guilt that I haven’t done that on mine. Some day. Maybe.

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