Storing your photos digitally is the best way to make them last. And I’ll tell you about a platform I use that’s the only permanent storage solution that I’ve found.
But first, let’s acknowledge a truth: holding printed photos is fun. You’ll notice I refer to a few different friends of mine who are also photo coaches. Scroll to the end of this post to access links to their stories.
The Fun of Holding a Photo Book
Picking up a traditional scrapbook filled with photos of your childhood, your parents’ vacations, and your children’s milestones is a fun way to travel down memory lane. Touching the pages as you look at the pictures involves us in a way that viewing the photos digitally can never do.
But those photos are at risk of being damaged or lost since there’s only one copy of your album.
This is the advantage of storing your photos and other memories digitally.
You can have the best of both mediums. The digital age doesn’t mean that print is dead.
Let’s see how you can use them to get the most satisfaction possible from your family photos, videos, and even those old 8mm home movies.
Here’s how I do it.
I use the platform FOREVER® for permanent storage, guaranteed. I’ve been a photo coach for almost 30 years and I believe FOREVER® is the best storage solution available.
FOREVER® lets me organize all of my memories into one safe, secure place where I own the digital rights.
I’ll gladly show you what it’s like with a brief guided tour.
Our Need for Memories
Photos, videos, slide shows, and home movies link us to past generations.
And that’s good for us because “our treasured memories can be truly beneficial for our welling,” says behavioral psychologist Jo Hemmings. She says scrolling photos on our phones has positive emotions while “Our mantelpieces, windowsills, shelves, and sideboards where many of us display our treasured photos in frames have been shown to be one of the most peaceful places in our home.”
Bring Your Memories into One Place
Gather all your most meaningful memories into one place using FOREVER®. Yes, you can store photos online, plus older VHS tapes and also slide shows and 8mm home movies, just like I did with my dad, pictured here.
Even documents like older handwritten letters that your parents or grandparents may have written decades ago.
Digitize them using FOREVER®’s convenient service.
Store them in a FOREVER® account in a section called your Library.
From there, you’ll create Albums and nested albums to organize your files.
That’s the beauty of digital storage.
How long will they last?
FOREVER® storage is guaranteed to last for a lifetime, plus another century and longer. That means you can upload family memories from World War Two and have them available when people are observing the 200th anniversary of an event like the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Can you see how we’ve gone from print and analog to digital?
The home movies my father took decades ago are now safely stored for my grandchildren and their grandchildren to watch.
Now that your files are safely stored, let’s go back to print.
From Digital to Printed Photo Books
The advantage of digital technology is you can leverage it in many ways.
You can go into your FOREVER® albums and create printed photo books as gifts that will last for years. Use the photo books as thank-you gifts, surprise your children on their birthdays, or create one for your spouse on your anniversary.
These are versatile.
One of my colleagues, Kathy Storie, helped her father who was in his late 80s organize his photos and he put them into a photo book to share with his brother and other children.
Another friend and colleague, Kathy Jones, helps her clients put together family history books like she did for her son when he contracted a terminal illness.
Enjoy the safety and security of digital storage with the enjoyment of touching the pages of photo books.
Organizing digitally and printing photo books is also helpful during times of personal crisis.
Another photo coach, Amy Vanden Berg, lost her father unexpectedly. She and her siblings only needed a few hours as they made printed photo books of his life, choosing from several hundred photos in their FOREVER® account.
Enjoy a Tour of FOREVER®
I’m passionate about families preserving their stories and memories for future generations. In about 20 minutes I’ll give you an eye-opening tour of the FOREVER® platform and how I digitize and store my files.
Contact me to set a time using my online form or email me directly:
You can try FOREVER®, for free. Click here and get 2 free GB to upload some favorite memories.
- Madelyn Brownell: How Madelyn Brownell uses Cloud Storage to Preserve Family Memories
- Kathy Storie: Strengthening Family Bonds by Organizing and Storing Family Photos
- Kathy Jones: Finding Joy Through Family History Photobooks
- Amy Vanden Berg: How Safely Stored and Well-Organized Photos Bring Hope and Peace of Mind
- Want to know all you can save with FOREVER®? Family recipes and much more!
- Check out this blog post: Unconventional Things to Save in Your FOREVER® account
- Jo Hemmings: quoted on Digital Camera World “It’s Official! Looking at old photos is more relaxing than meditating”