Have you ever gone to a friend’s house and said “Hey Alex (or whoever)! Can you get your laptop so we can scroll through those pictures of your trip to Mexico together?” No? Neither have I.
For one, looking at pictures on a computer screen is one of my least favorite things to do. I already spend three-quarters of my day in front of a screen, and when I’m spending time with a friend or family member that I haven’t seen in forever, the last thing I want to do is spend more time in front of a computer!
You know what I will do? I’ll pick up the album that’s laying next to the couch and flip the pages of your wedding. I’ll look at the photos that are on the wall or on your mantel and ask about them. I’ll pick up the coffee table book that has pictures of your trip to Cuba. Do you know how I know that? Because I do that. I print my own images. I make books from pictures of my trips. When people come over they can look through it if they want to. There’s no pressure, no obligation, and no commitment to “oooo” and “ahhh” over a picture on a laptop. I love seeing people’s family photos on walls. It makes their space feel like a home that is filled with love and good times.