I don’t know about you, but I take more pictures than ever now that cameras and smartphones have made photography so much easier to happen. I used to center the time I spent on photos—stopping to snap them, putting them into albums. Now I realize the important role they play in a happy life… in looking back to memories visually.

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I’ve noticed that happy families tend to display large numbers of photos. In my bedroom, a long shelf is crowded with pictures of my husband and kids, and I love to look at them while I’m getting dressed. (The only challenge is that I’m running out of wall and shelf space!)

Photos tilt your memories toward the good experiences you’ve had, simply because you’re more likely to take photos of joyful times. That’s important, because due to a phenomenon known as “negativity bias,” it’s easier to recall bad times than good ones. Having snapshots of the latter keeps them vivid in our minds.

When you see something beautiful, it’s natural to feel the pride to share it with others. Having photos of things, you love gives you the satisfaction of doing that. On Pinterest, I love to collect and share pictures of fanciful tree houses and whimsical chandeliers. I get the joy that comes from looking at these things without having to own them (or buy them, for that matter)—and the fun of showing them to friends with just a few clicks.

Taking photos fosters creativity. Taking beautiful shots of images, and the need to find each day’s photo keeps you engaged and connected with the world in a creative way. I love the daily hunt for something striking to photograph. It’s a quick, easy way to infuse my daily routine with a creative spirit.

I like to remind myself how easy it is to forget. I’m always trying to figure out ways to hold on to memories. One thing I do is keep a daily one-sentence journal. I don’t have the time or energy to write much every day, but I can manage to jot down one sentence. Photographs are another easy way to record little moments that are precious but easily forgotten.

Don’t just take photos of special occasions—take photos of everyday life. These can be simple milestones but something that will be treasured by generation to generation. That’s what will interest you later.

Capturing a moment in time isn’t just about securing a memory—it can help you appreciate your life more every day.

Do it now, while you still have time. Start getting your portraits to collect more fond memories to remember through generations. Contact us now.