Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Packing Up for Albany Oregon

The Willamette River Valley
The Willamette River Valley (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Now that summer is finally here, I'm excited to spend more time outdoors with my friends and family. It's always been a family tradition to go camping for a weekend, and although we've always done something a little close to home, this year I would like to try and go someplace new. I've never been out to the state of Oregon, and there are quite a few national parks around the Willamette Valley regional area. The weather out there is quite nice during the summer, and for those of us that want to spend a day in civilization, the surrounding towns of Corvallis and Albany are quite nice. Not to mention, there are quite a few winery tours we could do while staying in the area.

I'm always thinking about moving, and I was looking through some Albany Oregon real estate here online to see if there was anything that would suit my interests. Of course, it's tough to make that kind of decision from pictures online, but I have to start somewhere I guess.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Capturing Photo Moments

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Finding ways to relive precious moments can be difficult without some form of tangible evidence that shows you actually lived those moments. Photos in all forms are perfect for the memories, and help keep them fresh in our minds. Growing up, I loved playing outside in our backyard. We had a huge above ground pool that we would swim in and we had a soccer goal set lined up from end to end of our yard. Although it doesn't seem like much in writing, it brings back great memories of playing with friends and siblings as a kid. My dad always took pictures of us, and we have some great shots of all of us playing in the backyard. We love taking the photos out every time we sit down for a family get-together.

Photos in the form of family portraits are also great for documenting a moment in time, and as material to send to the grandparents. A party photo booth at prom is great for documenting the event while it's not going on, as opposed to the awkward pictures taken posing in front of a group of parents.

Well there's my ramble for my love of photos. What do you like about photos? Do you like them more than family videos?