Monday, June 13, 2016

A Picture Is Worth 1000 Words And There's An App For That.

I take a lot of pictures. No, really. A lot. Think of a number in your head and multiply it by 10 and add twenty-seven, because that's probably the number of pictures I take in just one month. 

Last week I transferred more than 3000 photos from my phone to my computer, 3000 moments, since April, that I've wanted to freeze, to remember forever and while I'd love to have taken these photos with my fancy "big camera," the truth is that my iPhone is much handier, mostly because it is always within reach. It's the quickest and easiest way to document the moments I don't want to forget and therefore it has become my primary means of capturing my family. 

I can't help but want to document so many of these moments because I grew up with a mother who felt the same way. My childhood home is filled with hundreds of shoe boxes overflowing with evidence of my childhood adventures, adventures big and small, exciting and mundane. Every time I go through those shoe boxes filled with family vacations, birthday parties, field trips and backyard fun, I promise myself to be better about printing hard copies of the memories I want my kids to look back on for years to come. 

My mother did such a great job giving both my brother and I something tangible to take us right back to our favorite childhood places and memories and I want my kids to be able to gather around the table and share the same experience. I want them to be able to look at a photo of them at the zoo and remember how hot and sticky it was and how badly the aviary corner smelled and how hard we all laughed when a bird pooped on Mackie's shoe. I want them to be able to see the photo of the three of them, arms linked, walking through the halls of school and remember how much they loved each other that day. How excited they were to celebrate their biggest brother's Pre-K graduation. 

Thanks to Kodak Alaris, there's an app designed specifically to capture these moments and not just the photographic evidence of the moment but the feelings and emotion that accompany it. With ample space for unique storytelling, the Kodak Moments app focuses on quality over quantity and is meant to be a true representation of a moment in time that means the most to you. 

With unique prompts at every post, the app encourages you to tell your story and to do so with beautifully designed text and layouts. The app is very user-friendly and has been a great resource providing me not just a spot to freeze time but also to jot down exactly how we felt or what was said during that moment. 

If you so choose, these memories can later be turned into a variety of keepsakes including canvases, cards, photo books and collages. It is my goal this summer to take a moment at the end of every day and share a "favorite moment" captured that we will eventually turn into a book for each of the boys to look back on. 

The best part? You can choose to print your photos directly from the app in one easy step which means I can finally create a closet of shoe boxes just like the ones in my childhood home. Whether you connect to a KODAK Picture Kiosk at a local retail store and have your photos printed in minutes or instead have them delivered directly to your door, the app makes it incredibly easy to create tangible evidence of even the most precious of moments. 

And for the moments I want to share with everyone, I can safely and securely invite my friends and family to follow along so they, too, don't miss one single moment. The app is available for download by both Apple and Android products. Be sure to download it and look me up- I'd love to see what moments mean to the most to you! (Username: Ashley Paige) 

Now, if you'll excuse me, I don't want to miss a moment. 

This post is brought to you by a partnership with Kodak. 
All opinions expressed above are honest and my own. 
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