Plan, Organize, and Store Your Photos and Videos for Thanksgiving and All the Holidays

Thanksgiving is almost here and for many families, the relatives who show up for turkey day are often different than the ones who show up for Christmas, Hannukah, and New Year celebrations.

The holidays are your opportunity to collect more meaningful memories and add to your family’s story. Sure, you can snap shots and roll video but consider interviewing the guests, especially older relatives.

Family taking selfie at Christmas decorations
pic by Photo by Nicole Michalou from Pexels

Ask simple questions like their favorite dish and memories of Thanksgiving from when they were children. Read on and see how to make their responses part of a living history that you can preserve for years to come.

Get more ideas on interviewing with this article, Asking the right questions.

Now let’s plan some shots, along with interviewing tips and organizing your photos. Learn how to digitize them and store them permanently—guaranteed.


Plan Your Holiday Photos and Videos

How will this Thanksgiving holiday look the same or different than other Thanksgiving gatherings you’ve had in recent years? Fewer family members or more? Will you be out to eat or be home?

Regardless of the situation, take time to plan the photos you need so you feel like your memories will be more complete than what they are now. And if you plan who should be in shots, then you won’t have to feel like you need to try and capture every interaction and you can relax more.

Here are some tips:


The days have less light now than just a few weeks ago so plan your outdoor shots with this in mind. Trees are more stark and barren without leaves, but this could provide a sentimental type of background, especially when the afternoon light is fading.



Young Woman rolling sausage dough with girl
My daughter and her niece making sausage balls.


People are the core of why most of us take photos. I’d say that Anselm Adams, the great nature photographer, was an exception. Is there someone who will be with you who wasn’t there in earlier years?

Plan a few shots like close-ups and wider crowd shots and think up a few questions to ask. You can either pull a loved one aside for focused responses or toss out the questions while rolling video of the group. Let them know in advance that you’ll be asking some simple questions for posterity and have them answer one at a time.






Food, Gifts, Lights

Thanksgiving centers more around food while Christmas centers around and often church-related sing-alongs of the Messiah. Hannukah is a festival of magical lights and games. New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are quite different than the other holidays. People may stay home and have a quiet evening playing games while others may go out.

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Photo by cottonbro from Pexels


What are you wearing this holiday and how does your hair look? I bring that up because we’re not just taking pictures and storing our photos to look at a few years from now. When I help my clients, I’m helping them store their photos and videos for the next several decades and well into the next century and beyond.

Changes in fashion are noticeable every several years or every decade, and not every year.

Capture your fashion, even if you look frumpy and totally casual.


Because the way you dress now is different than how families often dressed for the holidays in the 1950s and 1960s. Look back on TV shows and movies from the ‘60s and earlier and men were often in shirts and ties and women in dresses during family gatherings.

Who knows what fashions will look like 50 or 60 years from now?



Organize Your Holiday Photos and Videos

Imagine this: keeping all of the photos and videos that you’ll take this holiday season in the same place as memories from the era of your parents and grandparents. Enjoy easily sharing them privately with family anywhere there’s an internet connection.

That’s right—the media files you take this year can be placed in albums that have your family’s home movies, slides and photos from 50, 60 years ago—and earlier.


Through digitizing all your older media.

Man talking to woman at laptop
My friend and photo coach Kathy Storie helping her father organize photos

I’ve been a photo coach for almost 30 years and I’ve always enjoyed helping my clients organize their photos and journal their stories. I showed them how to journal in traditional scrapbook albums with tips on keeping those albums in one place, so they always knew where their family photos were.

Now, in our digital era, it’s easier than ever to know where all of your treasured memories are.

I show my clients how to use an all-in-one complete memory-keeping system, FOREVER®.

Here’s how FOREVER® makes it possible to bring everything together in one place. You can:

Look at the benefits of storing photos and more using FOREVER®’s platform.


Store Your Holiday Photos and Videos

Storing your photos with FOREVER® isn’t just another platform like social media or low-cost sites. FOREVER® lets you own your digital space so that it becomes your home.

Shot of Digital Photo Album from Melody Whitehead's Parents
My parents’ digital album with their photos from childhood to senior years in one place

No need to worry about using your account for marketing purposes and you don’t have to worry about the Terms of Service being changed or having unknown engineers lock you out of your account for unknown reasons.

In FOREVER® you can arrange albums in ways that you find logical.

Let’s say you create an album titled Holidays. You can nest sub-albums within those like Grandparents’ Holidays or by year like Holidays 1968, Holidays 2005, and Holidays 2022.

You also have full control over who you allow to see your albums. You can restrict settings to private so only you can see them; choose family and friends; or you may even want some albums open to the general public.

If you have photos and videos of holidays in your hometown then giving access to the public is contributing to a historical chronicling of your area.

Contact me and I’ll be glad to share more benefits of storing your memories with FOREVER®.


Give the Moments as Gifts All Year Long

When you have your files digitized and stored with FOREVER® then you can use them in creating gifts like printed photo books and other gifts to use and store around the house like wall art, tabletop displays, and calendars.

Capture moments in the holidays now, store them, and include them in gifts for Valentine’s Day this coming February, birthdays, or as thank-you gifts.


I’m Happy to Help

Adult daughter with her senior mother
Me and mom today


Your family story is important.

Contact me and I’ll show you the best ways to preserve your story so you can have it told for many decades and generations to come.

See for yourself how easy FOREVER® is to use with 2 free GB of storage space.

Want to write your family story? Research your family line?

Visit the Events page on my site to attend a virtual workshop where you’ll meet and interact with new friends.

Your family is uniquely you and it’s worth preserving for now and on into the future.

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