The Significance of Preserving Family Photos.

Old family photos and letters with a vintage brownie camera depicts the precious nature of printed photos.
My grandparents and great-grandparents will forever live in my memory because of these special little windows to the past.

This may come as no surprise to you, after all I am a professional photographer, but I have a special affection for family photos. And when I say a “special affection” I really mean that they are truly my most precious and valuable possessions. There is a reason I got into this business (nearly 22 years ago now, wow I just dated myself didn’t I). When all is said and done all we really have to look back on in this life are our memories, and photographs (and videos) are like little windows into the past that we can revisit any time we want.

Family photographs are a treasure trove of memories, capturing special moments and preserving them for future generations. They are a way to relive the past and keep loved ones close to our hearts. In today’s digital age, it is easy to overlook the importance of printed photographs. However, preserving family photos is crucial, and here’s why.

Family photos are one of the only ways to keep the memories of our loved ones alive. They are a physical reminder of people, places, and events that have shaped our lives. With time, our memories will undoubtedly fade, but photographs can help us recall the details of our past with crystal clarity. By printing and preserving our family photos, we ensure that the stories of our ancestors are not lost and that their legacy lives on.

Family photos are not just a window into our personal past, but also a valuable resource for recording genealogy. They help us trace our family’s history, identify ancestors, and connect with relatives we may have never met. Old photographs can reveal important information such as dates, locations, and family relationships. By preserving these images, we can help future generations understand their roots and heritage.

I recently received an envelope from my fathers sister who lives on the opposite side of the country. I grew up far from this side of my family and did not have the opportunity to get to know that branch of my family tree well. Until this envelope arrived I did not have a single photo of my paternal grand parents, not to mention aunts, cousins etc.

vintage photographs with an old brownie camera in a wooden tray
A small but precious collections of old family photographs recently sent to me by my aunt.

Standing at our kitchen counter my daughter and I along with my 78 year old father opened this small time capsule and marveled at the faces of people who looked vaguely like us, and cried happy tears. I saw a photograph of my grandmother and finally knew where I get my arched eyebrows. I saw the faces of my great-grandparents and imagined them as loving, and attentive grandparents to my father. We spent an evening in tears rejoicing over this small but priceless stack of old family photographs and documents.

Family photos have a unique ability to evoke emotions and connect us to our loved ones. They can bring back memories of happy times, and also honor difficult times. Looking at old family photos can be a way to process grief and remember the people who are no longer with us. By preserving these images, we keep our loved ones close and honor their memory.

Because of my expertise and special interest in family histories it often falls to me to gather and organize the visual histories of my own family. I have been the one to scan and sort hundreds of photos and set them to sentimental music to be played at the celebrations of life for departed loved ones. In those times as I spend hours looking through these moments frozen in time I am struck by the finite and oh so precious nature of this life.

If there is one thing I could encourage everyone to do it would be to protect your family photos. They should printed in albums, displayed on your walls, stored in archival boxes, digitized and backed up and shared with your loved ones. You will never regret investing in your families visual history. Just imagine your great-great grandchildren someday years from now tearing up over seeing your face and recognizing the arch of their own eyebrows, or smiling at the way you obviously adored your spouse and children.

Family photos are a valuable resource that should be carefully preserved and cherished. They are a way to keep our memories alive, understand our family’s history, and connect with and honor our loved ones. Whether it’s through digitization, albums, or displayed artwork, preserving family photos is an investment in our past and our future.

For more information on how I can help you tell and pass down your families story get in touch, I would be only too happy to be your family photographer and contribute to your beautiful visual history!

frame samples and printed photographs alongside heirloom albums and cover samples show professional photography products available.
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Welcome to the world Baby P! Reno Newborn Photographer

It’s always a joy to be able to host a new family in my home studio in Sparks, Nevada. I created this space specifically for baby photography and I have made it into my perfect working environment. When a family contacts me to ask about my first year sessions I am always so delighted to learn about their special story and how they come to this tie in their lives, growing their family with a new baby! As a mom myself I remember all too well how crazy fast those first few weeks and months flew by and I truly wish I had more photos of my daughter from that time. This is part of the reason I do what I do, to help freeze these moments and preserve them for future generations. Images like these are a treasure but more than that the entire experience is designed to be stress-free and comfortable for everyone involved. From a cozy place to rest for mom and dad while I work with baby to wardrobe options that are figure flattering on new moms bodies I have designed my service to be a joy and a wonderful way to celebrate and commemorate the birth of a new life into a family!

The Khine Family, Reno Newborn and Maternity Photography

A baby is something you carry inside you for nine months, in your arms for three years, and in your heart until the day you die.” 

Mary Mason

Hello friends, what a joyful and crazy season it has been! I have really been enjoying the work I am doing and creating these special images for the Khine family was no exception. One thing I personally regret in my own life is that I was not more intentional about documenting my own pregnancy in photographs. Now granted that was 23+ years ago now and back then we did not all have a camera in our pockets 24/7 (i.e. smartphones) so it was not as simple to create photographic histories of our daily lives. But I still feel the loss of those memories all the time and wish I had more to look back on not when I want to walk down memory lane.

This is why I am so glad that I do what I do now. I have the opportunity to help new parents preserve these special times and keep their memories crystal clear through the photographic artwork I create for them. This is why Htet and Anderson came to me a few months ago to start planning how to preserve their own memories of the birth of their first child. The chose to join my Session Collective Membership so I will be with them through their babies first year to help them create a visual history of this special and fleeting time. I am so glad to share these beautiful images and all the joy they exude!

Studio maternity portrait in Pink Blush lace gown on back lit white background.
Htet is looking gorgeous in this lace gown from Pink Blush Maternity.
Pregnany couple embracing on a back lit white background in Sparks Nevada portrait studio.
Nothing bonds a family more closely than welcoming new life!
Pregnant mom lounges on a soft white bed dressed in lacy gown.
What a natural model, so elegant!
couple snuggles and contemplates their future as parents
The love these two share is something to be treasured.
Joyful expectant mom in gold dress from Baltic Born and flower decor.
The joy is palatable in Htets smile!
Maternity photo set in a rattan chair with floral decorations and lace gown.
I simply adore this boho chair from World Market, it may be my current favorite prop!
Gold maternity gown fromBaltic Born on floral background
This floral backdrop is a favorite for maternity portraits.
Baltic born athena dress in gold on floral backdrop, maternity photos.
Intimate maternity portraits on floral background in reno sparks portrait studio.
Close up of pregnant belly with soft light colors and lace texture.
Looking to the future as a new mom she smiles softly

The Zink Family, Lake Tahoe Family Portraits

It’s been a VERY long time since my last blog post. I have been here, shooting and creating magical memories for my clients all the while, and this session is one I just had to share. The Zink family are good friends of ours and I was so delighted to be able to capture all the love that these beautiful people share. We started their session at a little spot on the way up to Kings Beach that I just love on the fall for it’s bright and beautiful Aspens and the funky falling down old cabin. After some lovely time in the trees we headed up and over the mountain to Kings Beach to capture the gorgeous golden hour light on Lake Tahoe. I simply adore our gorgeous lake and the fact that we are just minutes from one of the most lovely alpine lakes in the country is such a blessing! I need to get up there more often for sure.

Amber + Nick are Expecting

“Being pregnant means every day is another day closer to meeting the other love of your life.”


Amber and Nick are getting ready to welcome their first tiny human into their family! What a gift children are. I remember thinking, when I was pregnant, that I couldn’t possibly love another person as much as I loved the little one growing inside me. I believed this to be fact until the moment I held her for the first time and heard her little cry (which stopped at the sound of my voice calling her by her name). THEN I knew my heart had expanded to a size I could never have imagined, and this little person filled every nook and cranny!

Babies have an amazing way of introducing both chaos and calm into a home. I don’t know if there is another season in life that contains such starkly juxtaposed emotions and experiences as the introduction of a new baby to the family. Joy and heartache in perfect balance as you realize that life will never be the same again. This little one has your whole heart gripped in their tiny palm!

I appreciate the unique privilege I have as a photographer to help document and preserve a time in a families life that holds such powerful emotions. As special as this time can be, it is also one that slips from memory so easily, purely because there is so much vying got ones attention with a new baby at home. It’s such a special but fast moving season and if you are not careful to intentionally store away the precious little moments and details they will easily slip from memory forever.

I am delighted to share this session and so pleased with the outcome of my time with Amber and Nick. Amber chose to wear four different dresses from my Client Closet and these happen to be some of my very favorite pieces! Enjoy their images!

Reno Maternity and Newborn Photographer


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christie mumm is a Newborn, Motherhood, Maternity, Baby, Child, Family and Senior Photographer serving Northern Nevada and North Eastern California including Reno, Sparks, Carson City, South Lake Tahoe, Incline Village, Tahoe City and Truckee.