Are your photos disaster proof?

Protect your family legacy

Most people and families invest in insurance to protect their home, businesses, belongings and vehicles from loss. In contrast, on average, families invest very little time or money to ensure their family photo collection is safe. When interviewed most would agree that their family photos are priceless and irreplaceable. So where’s the disconnect?

Often after some kind of catastrophic loss, we often hear people regretfully say, “And the worst thing is…I lost all of my family photos.” And yet, so many of our family photo collections sit unorganized, deteriorating and inaccessible in cardboard boxes in the attic or basement.

Don’t wait until disaster strikes. If you live in a place where uncertain weather events come up or even if you don’t, the unexpected can happen. House fires, basement floods, computer crashes and theft can destroy your family photos and steal your memories.

How to start
What happens if your prints and photo albums get damaged? Do you have backups? Are your photos digitized and preserved for the future? Scanning prints is acceptable if no other original exists but using the film (also known as the negative) is best practice to scan from and will yield the best quality reproduction.

Best practice suggests you should have at least two backups of your digital photos excluding the copy on your local computer. Three backups is better. Install at least one if not two external hard drives on your main computer system and have some form of cloud storage depending on how your photo work flow is set up. If you have to evacuate your home quickly, just grab the external hard drive (s) and go. It’s that easy.

What’s a photo workflow?
A photo workflow is a system or a routine that you perform to consolidate, organize and store your digital photos. The Family Photo Fix process starts with the creation of a Family Photo Hub on your local computer (backed up by at least one or two external hard drives plus the cloud). The Family Photo Hub is a main archive where all of your consolidated digital photos reside in a hierarchical folder structure labeled either by chronological date or event. Files are renamed with naming conventions that give context to the image contained inside for increased find-ability. If you can’t find your photos, you can’t enjoy them with others. The value in preserving family photos comes from the joy felt later when you can share the memories they represent with others and know those memories are secure.

Our photos are everywhere
If the memories your photos contain mean anything to you—then you probably want to preserve them. Consolidation of your family photo collection into a digital
archive is the first step. We know that the volume of photos alone can be overwhelming, but that’s why we do what we do.

Step 1: Consolidate and Gather
Where are your photos?

  • Loose camera SD cards
  • Tablets
  • Mobile phones
  • Digital Cameras
  • Other folders on your computer
  • Laptop
  • The cloud
  • Original prints with no other original
  • Photo albums
  • Framed photos hanging on the wall
  • Loose photos in boxes and envelopes
  • Social Media accounts

Contact us to find out how we can help disaster proof your family photo collection.