How do I organize my photos?

remembering childhood: stack of old photos

How many times have I heard “I’ve got boxes of old photos. I’ve got to organize them and I don’t know where to start.”

When people tell me this I envision them thinking that they have to organize them by some scheme, i.e. all of parents photos, then organize by date. Next, organize all of siblings photos by year, and possibly by sibling. Just thinking this way makes me feel overwhelmed. No wonder people procrastinate this task.

Solution:

I suggest to my clients they can save themselves tons of work and headaches by using this simple strategy:

  1. Stack all your photos.
  2. Take the photo on the top and ask yourself if it evokes a memory or is it of historical significance to the family treasure trove.
  3. If the answers to these questions are yes, move it to the “Save” pile.
  4. If the answers are no, move it to the “Discard” pile.
  5. Do this for all the photos in front of you.

Not all photos will be good photo quality, as cameras years ago were not as good caliber as today’s cameras.  And some photos will be blurry or out of focus.  Normally I would say trash those.  However, there may be one blurry photo which is the only one you have of your great-great aunt Jessica and you may choose to keep that one because you treasure it.  Don’t fret!  You have permission to keep it!

Once you have your stack of photos, digitize them!  You may choose to scan them yourself (but I know how easy it is then to put the project on the back burner).  If you have a professional service digitize them, you can breathe a sigh of relief that you are on your way to organizing your photos.  By the way, here is a link that you can help you:  https://www.legacyrepublic.com/lm/judyblair

When you get your DVD of photos back and you upload them to your computer it is much easier to then create folders into which you can move the photos.  This also makes it easier to cross reference photos.  For example you may choose to organize them by year and activity.  You can also copy photos to other folders that you have organized by family members.  And, for some reason, moving photos around on the computer seems less daunting than organizing the paper photos.

What do you do with the paper photos?

Many people tell me they hate to throw them away.  Don’t put them back in the bulky photo albums, and especially not if the old albums are deteriorating!  You may want to buy inexpensive photo boxes to store them in.  Since you already have them digitized I wouldn’t throw away money on acid-free storage.  They will only continue to deteriorate and at some point you may  just decide to toss them.  If you want a paper print of one of your digitized photos it is easy to have it printed either locally or online.

So now you have a formula for organizing your photos.  What are you waiting for?

 

 

 

As You Digitize Your Family Memories They Are Safe with Legacy Republic

Do you worry that your family memories won’t be safe if you give them to someone to digitize? One of the reasons I decided to join with Legacy Republic is because of their excellent security and care of people’s precious Family Memories. For years I’ve hesitated to take my clients’ memories on VHS tapes, reel films, or photos and send them off somewhere to be digitized. When I got a tour of Legacy Republic’s memory factory I was very impressed. I felt I would be very comfortable helping families digitize and save their memories with this company.

When your family memories arrive at Legacy Republic they are tracked throughout the digitizing process. Your VHS tapes, reels of film, or other family memories are assigned a bar code and signed in. As they move through the digitizing process they are tracked with their bar codes. Then, when they leave the facility, they are still carefully tracked until they are safely returned to you with your DVD and online account.

The video below shows you the process.

Merriest of Memories

Merriest of Memories

Halloween has just finished and Thanksgiving isn’t even here yet.  However, it’s not too early to begin thinking of Christmas gifts for your family

Merriest of Memories
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Holiday Memories

 Custom-made gifts and special order gifts take time, and for some things December 1 is the deadline!

And what better personal gift to give than a gift of memories?

Here are some ideas to start you thinking:

Digitize those old family reel movies and VHS tapes.  With Legacy Republic you get an on-line account and 2 DVDs for each movie you transfer.  You can also share your account with up to 5 people. After all, isn’t sharing your memories what it’s all about?

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DVD Gifts

Once you have a Legacy Republic account you can order premium creationsfrom your family stories.

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Call Judy at 408-736-7841

or Email her 

to help you digitize your memories.

Dec 1 is my collection deadline!

Need More Ideas?

  1. Collect all those good photos (not the blurry ones) from your smart phones and put them into a photo montage video for your long-distance family members.
  2. Give a gift certificate for a “2016 Year in Review” movie so you can include Christmas 2016 in the movie.  (Wouldn’t your kids’ grandparents enjoy watching their grandchildren’s lives and events throughout 2016?)

Did you know that KeepsakePix offers gift certificates?  Call Judy at 408-736-7841 to learn more.

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Family Legacy Movies

Preserving your grandparents or parents stories for future generations is what KeepsakePix is all about.  Their stories need to live on after they’re gone. Adding your digitized photos or old movies to a video of your grandparents talking about them is priceless.

Want to take a peek at some family legacy movie samples?

Click here to see samples

Start thinking now about how you’d like to share your memories for the holidays.Judy

I’d be happy to brainstorm ideas with you.  But, don’t wait!

Dec 1 will be here before you know it.

Sincerely,

Judy

Owner, KeepsakePix

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Are your slides and photos still sitting in boxes? Now is the perfect time to do something about it.
Legacy Republic is celebrating its second anniversary and is making this limited time offer to celebrate.  So this is the ideal time to go find those shoe boxes of photos and slides and get them transferred.
Contact me by October 24 so I can get your orders in to meet their end of the month deadline.
It’s time to bring them into the digital age!
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Limited Time Offer expires 10/31/2016
Each digitization order includes 2 DVDs, plus private online access in your Family Legacy account and mobile apps.  You will also be able to order Premium Keepsakes from your newly digitized images and album pages.
or call Judy at
408-736-7841

Winter Special ’till Feb 28, 2012

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Order one custom photo/movie montage and get a free DVD copy!

Collect all your Christmas photos and movies before they are forgotten in your camera or computer. Or even better, collect your best photos and movies from 2011 and we’ll create a year in review custom movie on DVD.

Give the extra copy as a birthday or Valentines gift.

This offer expires on February 28th, 2012!

Call Judy today—408-736-7841.

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If you have only a small photo for your profile picture on your facebook business page, it’s time to upgrade!

If you like KeepsakePix’s profile picture (below) and want your own custom designed profile picture, we can do it for you. Normal photo editing rates apply.

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I have boxes of old photos – and I don’t know who the people are!

When my parents died I inherited boxes of old photos.  Some are black and white, some are yellowed with age, some are sepia-colored.  What a treasure!

But, for the most part the people in them are all strangers to me.  The sad part is I know they are mostly ancestors of mine.  But, who are they?

If this sounds familiar to you, pull out those photos now!  Don’t keep putting it off.  Talk to family members while they are still around and ask them to help identify them. 

But, please don’t write names and info in INK on the back of the photo!  And even worse, on the front of the photo!!  Believe me, I’ve seen this many times.  Instead, if you must write on the back, use a pencil and write lightly.  Or, write on a sticky note and put it on the back on the margin of the photo.  (Have sticky notes been around long enough for us to know what that sticky stuff might do to the photo paper over time?)  And don’t tape any notes to the photo. We know what tape will do. ( I’ve tried to carefully peel off old tape from a photo before scanning it.  What a photo-retouching job that was!)

And, finally, place the photos in the proper acid-free storage medium in a dark, dry, cool place.

What Should I Use to Mount My Photos and Special Documents?

by admin on July 3rd, 2010

Have you ever picked up someone’s photo album and found photos scotch-taped or glued to the pages?  Or stuck in those self-stick magnetic pages?  If they are not already irreparably damaged they soon will be. 

Remember those little black triangles you used to mount your photos in?  The advantage of using them was the photo was inserted intact—no glue, paste,or  scotch tape.  Of course, they should be of acid free special paper.  There is a test called the Photographic Activity Test (PAT) which determines whether or not a storage material will cause fading or staining of photographs.  Paper corners used for mounting photos should meet this test.

The way you mount your keepsakes in albums or memory books can help preserve them safely or cause irreversible damage.  Things to avoid include rubber cement, white glue, glue guns glue, scotch tape, films, or staples.

You can place valuable paper items such as birth certificates and old newspaper articles in plastic sleeves or envelopes.

Why Have My Color Photographs Faded?

I bet you have black and white photographs that have lasted a very long time, possibly even more than 100 years, and are in relatively good shape.  Conversely, our color photographs always fade or change colors.  Sometimes they have yellowish-green cast, sometimes they turn bluish-red.  Unlike black and white photos, the color photographs will always show signs of color deterioration over time, and we can’t prevent it from happening.

Experts tell us that black and white photographs are processed with metallic silver as the image former and it is a permanent element as long as nothing corrupts the silver.

However, the color in color photographs is formed by dyes.  We all know that dyes are not stable and do change color or fade.  Just look at your living room furniture or drapes that are constantly hit by sunlight.  The fading happens gradually over time.  If you have arm-chair protectors on a chair that sits by a window that gets sunlight and you lift them up you will see a distinct color difference.  The same thing happens to our photographs, especially if they are displayed in a room that gets a lot of light. 

Heat will just compound the fading problem, even at normal temperatures found in our homes, such as 70-75 degrees (F).  Even if the room were this temperature and dark, fading would occur.  And who wants to live in a cold house just to protect our photographs!!

What Should I Use to Mount My Photos and Special Documents?

Have you ever picked up someone’s photo album and found photos scotch-taped or glued to the pages?  Or stuck in those self-stick magnetic pages?  If they are not already irreparably damaged they soon will be. 

Remember those little black triangles you used to mount your photos in?  The advantage of using them was the photo was inserted intact—no glue, paste,or  scotch tape.  Of course, they should be of acid free special paper.  There is a test called the Photographic Activity Test (PAT) which determines whether or not a storage material will cause fading or staining of photographs.  Paper corners used for mounting photos should meet this test.

The way you mount your keepsakes in albums or memory books can help preserve them safely or cause irreversible damage.  Things to avoid include rubber cement, white glue, glue guns glue, scotch tape, films, or staples.

You can place valuable paper items such as birth certificates and old newspaper articles in plastic sleeves or envelopes.