Our lives are beautiful, but they’re not equally beautiful at all moments. As the old saying goes, nobody on their deathbed regrets not spending more days in the office.
But the flip side of this is that some moments are better than others. Sometimes, just one day or even just one hour can become a lifelong memory. Those are the moments that we want to make the very most of and revisit later on.
So when your friends come over, or your family is in town, or your kid is celebrating his or her birthday — well, you just have to get everything that you can out of it. You have to live it up and enjoy the perfect get-together, but you’ll also want to capture the moment on film (well, digital “film” anyway), share it, and revisit it at your leisure. Here are some tips for doing just that.
Rent a photo booth for your next event
Photo booths are staples at weddings, bar mitzvahs, and other events for a reason. They can be cheesy, sure, but people love to get in front of the camera and the images that they capture can be treasured for a lifetime. In many cases, you’ll be able to set things up so you get a copy of every photo that was taken in the photo booth, according to experts at a photo booth Long Island rental service.
So don’t assume that photo booths are just for the biggest, once-in-a-lifetime events. The fact of the matter is that photo booths are quite affordable, all things considered. And besides, you can’t put a price on a beautiful memory.
Share digital photos online (but not Facebook)
These days, we’re all carrying cameras around. Smartphone cameras have come an incredibly long way over the years, and many of the phones that we carry unthinkingly every day are also fully loaded digital cameras and camcorders with specs that would make any photography buff envious just a few short years ago. And the way many of us take photos, virtually any sort of event is sure to be well-documented.
But what do you actually do with all of the photos that you take? In many cases, we forget all about those photos. Maybe they’re automatically uploaded to an Apple iCloud account we never check, or maybe we just delete them from our phones later. Maybe we post them on Instagram or Facebook for some quick likes, then watch them be buried under a pile of new status updates from people we don’t care about.
Here’s a better idea: set up a great cloud storage solution and use your online photo storage to share images with friends and family, access photos from everywhere, and back up local copies of the images so that you don’t lose your digital photos in a house fire or computer crash. Cloud storage is convenient, full of features, and can be much safer than some other things you can do with photos and videos (Facebook, for instance, is probably not a good place to put photos of your kids).
Create a guestbook for any event
Perhaps you’re used to signing a guest book when you go to a wedding. Certain events just seem to demand that sort of thing. But who made the rules on where guests books are and are not allowed? Nobody, that’s who. And if you put out a guest book at a more laid-back get-together, you just might create an incredible memory.
You never know where life will take you. Having everyone sign a book for your 30th birthday party may feel silly for a moment, but that book could mean the world to you later on. And what about having guests at your child’s first birthday sign a picture book that you can give to your child when he or she graduates from college?
These sorts of personalized gifts with loving messages can mean a whole lot and help you and your loved ones share beautiful memories for the rest of your lives.