There was no way to prevent a hurricane, but there was a way to prevent the permanent loss of cherished family photos. You may wonder how that is possible and Susan Berland of Memories with Pride, a certified personal photo organizer, does just that.
“Many people tell me they’ll get to their photos later, when they have time. They tell me they are not a priority right now. Then something like Hurricane Sandy happens and it’s too late,” said Ms. Berland. A recent NY Times article showed storm battered photos found on the beach at Staten Island. There was a wedding photo, a baptism photo, sisters with their arms around each other – or are they best friends. They are treasures waiting to be claimed or lost forever.
Damaged photos, if recovered, often can be restored. Many family photos will never be seen again. This is a heartbreaking loss that could have been prevented.
Berland has worked with clients with over 30 years of printed photos. She knows the overwhelm that many years of photos brings. Nine years ago she was in the same position as her clients today. She had over 30 years of printed photos and was still taking more. She found a way to organize them, back them up, preserve their stories and knows that the task of organizing and cataloging photos is often too overwhelming for someone to do alone.
Maybe it won’t be a hurricane. Maybe it will be a fire or an earthquake or a tornado. After your children and your pets, what is the first thing you want to grab? Many people say their photos and yet they don’t know where they are or they aren’t easily accessible.
Photos of the devastation and rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy now become part of a family’s story and their history. Those photos need to be preserved and protected says Berland. They tell the story of resilience, recovery and perseverance. http://memorieswithpride.com