I recently had opportunity to do a portrait photography session with a precious three year old. It was a delight to meet her, play with her a while, and then capture her personality through the images.
Children grow so fast; if you don’t capture portraits of them throughout their childhood, you will miss many memories. It is not just major events that are important, but the everyday activities also.
I have fond memories of sitting with a photo album and sharing the memories that each picture brought back to one of us. It is amazing how differently other people will remember the same event. Of course, something that happened 25 years ago may be easy to laugh at now; perhaps it was not as funny at the time.
My Dad took movies of the family when I was young. Movies of Christmases, birthdays, skiing at the lake, and some others. Fortunately, my sister was able to transfer the movies from the 8mm film to VCR tape. Now is time to transfer them to DVD before it is too late. Technology is wonderful, but quickly gets outdated. Do you have digital pictures that you can no longer access because the technology you used to save them is no longer available? The advantage of professionally printed pictures is the printed picture does not get out of date. Barring a tragedy such as fire or flood, they will be available through many generations.
Take the time to preserve your memories. If you need to transfer them to modern digital media, do so now while you are still able. If you have albums, keep them dry and in a conditioned space. (The attic is not a comfortable location for photographs.) If possible, scan the photographs and keep a digital copy also. Most of all, share the joy of your memories with your family and friends by looking through your old photo albums with them.
Jean and I took a trip to Woolaroc Museum near Barnsdall this weekend. The Single Action Shooting Society (SASS) was holding a “Cowboy Shoot” on the grounds. We stopped for a bit and watched the Cowboy Shooting. These were some of the nicest people you would ever want to meet. Most were dressed in authentic period clothing and shooting period firearms. There are some concessions to safety such as ear plugs and safety glasses; all other items are as you would have found before 1900. (With the exception of shade. Popups and umbrellas were common.)
SASS Cowboy Shooting
The shooters all had ‘character names’ such as Wild Bill, Irish Kid, Burly Bill, and many others. These names are exclusively theirs. They
There are SASS Cowboy Shoots at various times and places around the country. For a schedule of upcoming shoots, go to http://www.sassnet.com/AnnualMatches.php If you get a chance, stop in and watch a while. The shoot at Woolaroc ends Sunday, June 5th.
After watching the shooting match for a while, we went on to the museum. This museum was the ranch retreat of famous oilman Frank Phillips. He and his brother, L.E. Phillips were co-founders of Phillips Petroleum Company in 1917. The museum is loaded with artwork and artifacts including the “Woolaroc“, the plane that won a race from Oakland, California to Honolulu, Hawaii in 1927. In addition, there are paintings, sculptures, and artifacts from around the country and the world.
In June of each year, the museum hosts Kidsfest, an event that combines fun with learning. In addition to face-painting and games, there is a petting zoo and many other activities to keep you little ones happy. You may bring your lunch and picnic under one of the many shade trees, or you can purchase food at the on site concession. Plan to spend the day and enjoy Woolaroc Museum.