Preserving memories

Photography is my passion.

Ever since I can remember I have been trigger happy. By taking a photograph I believe to have somehow preserve the moment. I spend a lot of my time looking at photographs on my computer, walls of my home and albums. I will even go as far as to confess I have been known to click through my mobile uploads on social media sites.

But photographs in my life have had it’s drama too. In 2007, during our move to England, all my pictures were lost. We had 44 boxes packed and shipped overseas. 43 made it and the only one never to be found contained all my photos before I met my husband, my education certificates, work resumes and references. I was five months pregnant at the time and cried for days, mourning the lost of my printed memories.

As if that was not terrible enough, last year my laptop crashed and all the images I had of my son with it. Luckily we were able to retrieve them, but needless to say I have been backing up double every image I have since. Which is a little over 40000 and counting.

Because of all this I have been looking for a way to preserve my images remotely. When I signed up with Live On I was hoping to find a way to save photos. I was surprised to find this site to be so much more. In no time I created videos by uploading my photos, adding music and captions and letting the site do it’s magic. It also assisted me by suggesting meaningful facts to write, milestones to document and easy ways to share. Not only can I edit my own timeline, but I can create one for my son. Which to me is like scrapbooking for a computer addict.

The idea behind building the tribe and connecting with friends and family on the site and sharing photos is wonderful. My loved ones are scattered all over the world and it would be nice if I could share our important events so easily. But beyond it all, the promise that all my images will be preserved for decades is for me LiveOn’s biggest appeal. I am debating whether to pay for an upgrade and have them stored forever. Imagine generations from now my son’s children’s children receiving a digital capsule containing the story of my family!

For now, I will continue creating my memories on Live On’s site and practice perfecting them. If you are curious how, here is a short video I created in less then 5 minutes. CLICK HERE to view. And if like me, you are considering organizing photos and sending them to family as presents this Christmas I am glad to share this code that will award you 20% off on LiveOn Rewind :

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Don’t you think photos like this should LIVE ON forever?

 
Thank you to LiveOn for this sponsored opportunity to blog about storing and sharing my most important memories with those closest to me. Although story ideas were provided, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
 
Please click here to learn more about storing and sharing your most special memories. I was selected for this sponsorship by Clever Girls Collective
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17 Comments

  1. Posted November 21, 2011 at 19:09 by Just Ramblin' | Permalink

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    What gorgeous photography! And an added surprise…a newfie! Such a neat blog you have. : )
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  2. Posted November 21, 2011 at 20:17 by [email protected] Wants This | Permalink

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    Sounds like a wonderful, wonderful site!
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  3. Posted November 21, 2011 at 20:36 by jacqui | Permalink

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    Yes, those photos must definitely live on forever. This is a really great idea. And it gave me chills because I just wrote down last night that I wanted to ask you if you knew how to do the videos with the photos. I guess I actually do get to check something off my list after all!
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  4. Posted November 21, 2011 at 21:08 by Jessica | Permalink

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    That sounds cool! I love the photos of Little J. He’s so handsome! :)
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  5. Posted November 22, 2011 at 05:54 by georgia | Permalink

    That is awesome. You did a great job!! Of course your muse isn’t bad either.

    • Posted November 22, 2011 at 23:39 by Stasha | Permalink

      Thank you so much my friend!

  6. Posted November 22, 2011 at 10:35 by Dumb Mom | Permalink

    I’m writing about LiveOn tomorrow! And I’m the owner of 5 LiveOn galleries already because it was so easy to use! Haven’t really gotten into that feature where you can record your voice yet (I hate the sound of my voice), but am thinking about singing a song for Dumb Dad just to torture him (I literally sound like a dying goose when I sing).

  7. Posted November 22, 2011 at 16:13 by Nichole | Permalink

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    Oh, those photos are just beautiful. What a handsome little guy!
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  8. Posted November 22, 2011 at 20:02 by [email protected] | Permalink

    Oh, you know I hear you loud and clear about backing up those photos! I like your interpretation of “trigger happy.”
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  9. Posted November 22, 2011 at 22:27 by Rachel (Totally Ovar It) | Permalink

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    I so admire your photography. I simply don’t have the eye for composition and am in eye for thefew who do. Your son’s first day of school video was so interesting to me. The photos were of ahappy time, yet the music, too me, was sad. You perfectly defined a monumental bittersweet moment of growing up. I look forward to seeing more of your photos.
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  10. Posted November 23, 2011 at 09:51 by Bruna | Permalink

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    I love it that you captured the cuteness of your son with a black bear in the background! So very cool :)
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  11. Posted November 23, 2011 at 12:33 by Just Jennifer | Permalink

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    Sounds like a really cool service they offer!
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  12. Posted November 25, 2011 at 18:26 by Natalie | Permalink

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    This is my biggest fear! I really need to look into something like this!
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  13. Posted November 25, 2011 at 22:00 by Mama And The City | Permalink

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    Oh my, I even felt the pain of that lost box. Since I lack pictures before my twenties, I don’t have a lot of them prior baby – excluding the wedding of course. However, since I started taking pictures (PRO) I have ended up with SO MANY NOW that:

    a) I don’t want to get rid of because possible portfolio and
    b) I don’t have time to go through ALL of them for a clean up

    Needless to say, I need to start working with an external drive to free up my hard drive.

    P.S. I find it harder to make something usable with pictures now because I invest so much in editing that I end up exhausted and really do not want to keep working on it.
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  14. Posted November 25, 2011 at 22:10 by Stasha | Permalink

    I know what you mean. No matter how unhappy I am with a shot, if my boys are in it I cannot let go… Hence two external drives and two computers and counting. We are like photo hoarders :)

  15. Posted November 26, 2011 at 12:59 by Leighann | Permalink

    gorgeous photos!! I’ve always wanted to be good at taking pictures!
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