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Backup and Remember

Last week one of my closest friends, Dipti, called me to see if I had backups of her wedding photographs from 2003. She had copies of the photographs on CD’s but the CD’s were not working in any of the computers she tried. Evidently time ate some important bits on those CD’s and they just weren't going to release the magic pixels to her computer.

Wedding Album Title for Jeff and Dipti

If you know me you know that I have difficulty deleting photographs. I have been doing it more as the photographic file sizes grow and my archive free space shrinks, but in the back of my mind when I do delete photos I'm wondering if I am deleting something I will need or will want at a later date.

It is a bit of a pack-rat mentality, and I do know I keep photographs around that really have no value to myself or anyone else. It is something I'm working on but there are some photos I will never delete and those are photos I used to make something.

For my friends, Dipti and Jeff, I created a hand-crafted wedding album from the photographs that three photographer friends and myself took during their wedding day back in 2003. It was my first wedding album and it was a learning experience for myself. But I really enjoyed every moment of it as I knew I was creating something special for two close friends.

I found her photographs and as I burned her a new DVD I started looking through the files. It was a special wedding not only because it was between two close friends but also because it was a new experience for me as they were married in a traditional Indian wedding. As I flipped through the photographs I started remembering some of the moments from the day.

I remember arriving a little later than I wanted because the navigator decided we needed to take a detour to see the Indiana Colts football stadium before getting to the wedding. I remember seeing her standing in the sunlight with a glowing smile as she and her multicolored bridesmaids waited for their cue to enter. I remember seeing her dog waiting next to a friend in the audience as they watched the ceremony. I remember seeing Dipti enter the reception in a stunning wedding gown and Jeff in a tux. I remember eating something at the reception that had potatoes in it but was simply divine. I remember Jeff's brother (or was it his father) telling a story during a toast that completely made the him blush. I remember "stealing" the flash of another photographer to try and create a photograph I wanted to make during their wedding dance. I remember drinking a little too much, dancing a little too wildly, and at the end of the night pulling Jeff aside and telling him that if he ever hurt her he would have a couple people to
answer to.

I also remember the hours I spent editing, color correcting and designing their album. It was a fun experience but I think it will always be a one of kind Norman special as it was time intensive and there are better and easier ways to create wedding albums that I know about today.

I dropped off the DVD in the mail today and I hope Dipti and Jeff enjoy it all over again. By the way, the other photographers who helped create the wedding album were Annie Tormet, Lorrie Cecil, and Darrin Bryan. They are three photographers who each bring their own special skills to every photography assignment they cover. I respect them all immensely and have learned much from them over the years.

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