This Just Happened | Orlando Photographer

April 15, 2019

From my spot on top of Notre Dam seven years ago.

As I scrolled through my newsfeed in disbelief, I tried to shake it off. This feeling of immense sadness rushed through me as I saw the flames shooting out of the top of the Notre Dame in Paris, France.

Our family has spent countless hours in the very spot that was now covered in flames, ash and smoke. Memories of our littles climbing the stairs, looking out and over Paris past the gargoyles that both make you smile and cringe. In my moment I wanted to flip through my memories of all of us there and make sense of it all.

My mind went straight to the disk that I have in the drawer. I ran over to the drawer and sure enough it was there, I felt relief. I then walked over to my computer, went to put it in and, and there was no place to put it in. Seriously! My memories were locked up tighter then the research paper I wrote in the 90’s on my floppy disk.

You remember when cd’s were the latest and greatest. No way that they would be old technology in our lifetime. Only wish that was true. Right now we feel that same way about USB’s and clouds, I can’t help but wonder how long that will last.

I couldn’t believe it, I wanted nothing more than to flip through the memories of our time in Paris. I wanted to be able to curl with my kids on the couch and talk about what happened today and why it is so important.

Today I felt it. A wake up call. It is time to dig through and print out our memories from the beginning of the digital era through last weekends trip. We don’t know what life has in store next. The Notre Dame is burning away as I type and my heart is broken. Our futures all changed a little today.

So the next time you are at the studio and I sit you down to show you your love in an album, now you know why my heart is in it. Why I want YOU to have a chance to hold your memories too. Not just today but generations from now. Your story is also too important to end up in a drawer.

Bless you Paris. You are in our hearts,

Serena Nicole

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