A “Lost Generation”? The Concern is Real!

September 03, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Yes, I am a photography geek, and I am passionate about preserving our memories for our children, grandchildren, and future generations.  For that reason, I want to share with you the following important information from the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) blog.


According to a nationwide survey conducted by PPA, 42% of people (ages 30-44) will likely look back and wonder where photos of their childhood, holiday get-togethers, relatives and friends have gone decades from now.  Why?  They are no longer printing photographs or creating photo albums.  In fact, 67% store their photos solely in digital form on a computer or phone.


The 2015 survey polled more than 1,500 consumers nationwide about their photography habits and revealed eye-opening statistics about the lack of printing tangible photographs and non-digital image storage that could prove devastating to the chronicling of their lives.


Highlights from the survey include:

  • 41.8% of people no longer create photo albums, and an additional 27% say they have the desire, but it’s too time consuming.  Translation:  nearly 70% of people no longer have photo albums.
  • 53% of people said they haven’t printed a photo in 12 months or longer.
  • 46% of people use their Smart Phone or tablet to take family photos.
  • 57% of people store their photos on their phone or computer.


People are taking photos more than they ever did, but what about the end product?  It’s nearly all digital with very few tangible prints.  These statistics are so significant that industry experts such as Google VP and Internet Pioneer, Vint Cerf, was quoted as saying that “future generations will wonder about us, but will have great difficulty knowing us,” implying that unless people start printing their digital photos, they won’t have a tangible photo history of their lives or their families’ lives.


“Many people will find themselves with only their Facebook and Instagram pages to chronicle their life - or maybe a hard drive,”  adds David Trust, PPA CEO.  We need to “re-instill the importance and historical value of printing photographs.”


PPA recommends that consumers do the following to avoid falling into the digital photo void:

  • Capture once-in-a-lifetime moments like a wedding, high school graduation, newborns, birthdays and special occasions through the work of a professional photographer.  To find a professional photographer near you, go to FindAPhotographer.com.
  • Allow your photographer to print photos for you in order to get quality, archival products that you will be able to keep for years to come.
  • Devote areas in your home to display your photos - walls, tables, bookcases and more!
  • On a vacation or over a holiday, don't just rely on a phone.  Take your digital camera - and then take the memory card to a printer on your way home or immediately after the event.
  • Buy albums and frames when you see them on sale, so it reminds you to fill them with photos.
  • When using a professional photographer, work with them to ensure that you leave with printed photos and not just digital images on a CD or USB drive.


I encourage you to take that last step and safely store and print your favorite photographs, so that they can be enjoyed for years to come.  If you need help, feel free to contact me.  Whether you wish to hire a professional or not, I am happy to share ideas with you.


Proudly Display Your Family PhotographsCreating a wall gallery of family photographs, combining images from multiple generations is a great way to display portraits in your home.


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