The Life-Changing Impact of Digitizing Old Media Files

There are life-changing benefits for digitizing family photos and all of your older media files. Your most meaningful memories get updated into usable files, but something else happens as well.

Read on and learn how digitizing your files can impact your family for generations to come.

Let’s glimpse at some shots with my dad. Like this one from 1967. It’s now living in my digital albums which I’ll describe below.

Man in suit with girl on lap, 1967
Me with my dad, Jack, in 1967.

What is digitizing older media?

You want to enjoy the memories of when your parents were younger or seeing your grandparents celebrating a special occasion with your family.


Digitizing older media files enables you to bring those hard-to-play files into the digital age where you can easily share them from an online, or digital platform.

You can dig into the digitizing topic more on the site,, if you’d like. An article there points out three clear benefits because data is easily:

Once the files are in digital format, you’ll want to store them where family and friends can access them for years and years to come.

I’ve been a photo coach for nearly 30 years and the best system I’ve found for permanently storing all of my family’s memories is FOREVER®. The company truly lives up to its name by providing a complete memory-keeping system that will be available well into the next century and beyond–guaranteed.

Melody and Jack inset with film reels
My dad and me in recent years with the prized film reels.

The benefits of digitizing and storing your family photos and more

It’s fun to flip through those scrapbook albums where you have family photos in durable plastic sleeves. The problem is that those photos are hard to share. You can’t scale them or share them around the globe with multiple people at once.

Other media like VHS tapes are now tough to play. So are slide shows and 8mm home movies.

FOREVER® makes it possible to put all of those files into digital format and then make them easy to view and play.

Are you researching your family’s history? If you have newspaper clippings you can digitize those, too, and arrange them near older family memories.

Your newest photos and videos taken on any device can be stored and accessed just like photos and home movies taken several decades ago.

What’s the easiest way to digitize your photos and more?

FOREVER® really is a turnkey solution where all the digitizing is done for you. It’s easy to package your files and have them digitized within the U.S. at a facility in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

You can track the progress with real-time updates.

Your original files are returned to you and your digitized ones are placed into your FOREVER Box Center for viewing for 60 days and uploaded into your Permanent Storage you own if you purchase.

When you digitize with FOREVER, I love that they create your albums based on how you organized before you sent items to them so you don’t have to spend that time. They will always appear in your Library, too.

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

Your videos are also guaranteed in your Permanent Storage account. FOREVER offers streaming services as an option versus downloading each time you want to view your video.


Enjoying therapy with your memories

Storing your digital files and viewing them later is a form of therapy, as a friend and photo coach colleague of mine says.

Amy Vanden Berg lost her father unexpectedly just over a year ago. She was using FOREVER®’s system and had several hundred photos along with videos stored on the platform.

Father and grown daughter on beach
Amy’s organized and securely stored photos made sharing memories easy

Within hours, she and her siblings pulled together photos for a heart-warming memorial service while videos of her father are available for her, her children, and their children to watch well into the future.

Read about Amy’s experience here in this post How Safely Stored and Well-Organized Photos Bring Hope and Peace of Mind.







Streaming video is a comfort to our loved ones who are much older and who benefit from reliving family moments. Brandi Koehm is another friend and colleague who has digitized her older media.

Brandi was visiting her 92-year-old grandmother and used her phone to click on the FOREVER® app and show her grandmother a movie of her six kids from 40 years ago.

2 women and 92 yr old grandmother
Sharing photos and home movies can be healing

“It was awesome because she’s battling Alzheimer’s,” says Brandi, “and gave her a window to this life that she actually does remember.”

Read more from Brandi in this post The Benefits of Storing Family Photos and Videos Safely and Permanently.





Look at the other benefits of digitizing your media:

They’re safely stored in one place into the next century and beyond—guaranteed

They’re easy to share with family anywhere on the globe where there’s an internet connection

They can be turned into photo books and other creative gifts for the upcoming holiday season and for year ‘round gift giving.

Digitizing your older media files lets you enjoy the past now … and thanks to FOREVER® for generations—and centuries—into the future.


I’m ready to help

Adult daughter with her senior mother
Me and mom today


Contact me if you’d like to know more about digitizing your most meaningful memories with FOREVER®.

Try FOREVER® yourself with 2 free GB of storage space and see how easy it is to use.

I offer weekly free online short 15-minute sessions to learn in bite size steps. Click Events on my website to view dates and times. And you’ll meet new friends when you join in!

Interested in a part-time or full-time income?

If you think that you’d enjoy helping families preserve their memories permanently, please let me know and I’ll share my experience as a photo coach with you.



It truly is rewarding.


Post Tags:

Safeguard Your Memories

At Safeguard Your Memories, we go beyond mere photo storage. We empower you through personalized photo coaching, guiding you through the process of photo digitization, organization, and creative printing solutions.

Follow Us


Photo Consultation

Speaker Inquiry

Career Opportunity