The photo below matters to me because it is the oldest photo of my family that I have. I am so grateful that they took the time and effort, and probably some expense, to get together for this photo. My great-grandfather and my grandfather on my dad's side are both in this photo and I just love looking at them. Some of my older relations have told me that I really remind them of my grandfather, in looks and manner, and somehow that means a lot to me. I wonder what the reason was for getting the photo taken. Was it simply to hang on the wall, or did one of of them have the idea of creating something special for future generations? I really hope they did.
Photography has never been so popular as it is now. Almost everyone who has a mobile phone also has a camera in their pocket. And a wiser man than me once said: "The best camera is the one you have with you". At any gathering of people you see people snapping away with their phones — recording their memories — and so they should. Whether you use the camera in your pocket, or arrange a professional family portrait, please make the effort — because photos matter.