As we all know, photo sharing is a something we all partake in, and unfortunately not all of our photos see the light of day past the initial click of the shutter. We’re here to change that. We can tell you how wonderful Fireside is and how it’s going to change your life all we want—but we want you to hear it from the people who are actually out there using the device in their homes.
We caught up with Thad and Jessica White, a couple with three kids. The family previously shared photos monthly with friends and family using Shutterfly, but have since discovered Fireside. They took a few minutes to share their experience via video, but if you’ve only got a few moments, here are a few highlights from the video:
“First steps my son took are on a video that I’ve never seen before… It’s so wonderful to relive it.” -Thad
“Any time we have friends over, or a babysitter or whatever they really comment on it and say how enjoyable it is to sit and see these typical days that we’ve had of the best memories.” -Thad
“Since we got Fireside I feel more likely to take videos than I was before, because we get to see them.” -Thad
“This is something we really look forward to watching. We love having it!” -Jessica
That all being said, the video is more than worth a watch or two. See what real families have been saying about their new image-sharing addition:
If videos aren’t your thing, read the full transcript below:
Thad: I’m Thad White. This is Jessica White.
Thad: And we have three kids, ages 12, 10, 13, 10, and…
Thad: Five. We live in Los Altos, California. Jessica and I both have smart phones, which we take pictures with, and so we vary between Blackberries and iPhones and a little bit of Android. We take a lot of photos. My 13 year old, especially over the past few years, has been prolific with smart phones. We used to use Shutterfly.
Thad: But we kind of stopped using that.
Jessica: Yeah. I would send that out about once a month to a group of maybe 15 friends and family, but we kind of stopped doing that a few years ago. I don’t think people cared to see the pictures.
Thad: I ended up taking them from three or four phones and putting them on a computer, so they’re backed up on a computer, and then that computer’s backed up to a local hard drive. But we don’t use iCloud or anything, mostly because we have this variety of devices, we have more than just iPhones.
Jessica: I would say it’s difficult just to get the pictures shared, that we have so many great photos and images to share that we just don’t, or we’re unable to. We often kind of just stand around here and watch it, and then we’ll see something funny and call people in if it’s a video or something, or like they repeat once in a while, and I’ll say, oh, here, the video’s on again. Come watch this. Some crazy thing that I don’t remember, like the first steps my son took are on a video that I’ve never seen before. It’s so wonderful to relive it.
So, yeah, anytime we have friends over or a babysitter or whatever, they really comment on it and say how enjoyable it is to kind of sit and see these, these typical days that we’ve had are kind of the best memories. I would like to fast forward through things, or if I see something great that I want to show somebody, I wish I could rewind it and let them see the past photo or something.
Thad: Yeah, for sure, skip and rewind. Those would be really useful features.
Jessica: I know there’s a photo on here where I’m like pregnant in a towel, and I would hate for that to come on when friends are over. I’d love to just like say always skip that photo, or something, or delete that from the series.
Thad: I think most of the time, it’s good that it doesn’t have sound, because it’s in an area where we want to talk or we’re playing music, or whatever.
Jessica: I didn’t even think about sound. I think it’s nice not to have it actually, and I would like to be able to just, I don’t know, somehow just turn off the screen while we’re sleeping or something, and then turn it on again.
Thad: Since we got Fireside, I feel more likely to take videos than I was before, because we get to see them.
Jessica: It’s something that we really look forward to watching. We love having it.