Enjoy the memories at these key times in your life.

Throughout our lives, there are those key events where reminiscing and looking back in time become extremely important to us. Whether you have to sort through boxes of old memorabilia or access the thousands of digital images on your device – these are the times when your photo collection becomes more valuable than ever.








It’s scientifically proven that children have a stronger sense of self when they have access to pictures from their childhood. Take that a step further and expose them to their family heritage. TIP: Make copies of photos with their parents and grandparents as children and store them with your child’s memorabilia. One day they’ll want to see who they resemble.








High School Graduation

Grad parties are known for celebrating achievements and it’s always fun for the guests to enjoy memories from the graduate’s childhood years. Set up a photo display that features their photos and memorabilia in fun ways! (PS: We literally have hundreds of great ways to do this!)


Que the infamous wedding video. That’s right, it’s still a thing! Make it easy on the bride and groom by gifting them a digital copy of their entire life in photos BEFORE the wedding. This will help make the video production process so much easier. Plus, what a great thing to gift at this stage of life!


Celebrate your time together by reminiscing over a lifetime full of great memories. If you’re hosting a party – let your guests enjoy your wedding photos with you.

Milestone Birthday

Those “over-the-hill” milestones are a great time to look back and get a good laugh at how you’ve changed.







Memorial Service

Celebrate a life well lived by displaying old photos and video clips during a memorial service. Collect favorite snapshots that include childhood, hobbies, acknowledgments, and family milestones full of happiness.











Take pictures out of albums, frames and boxes so you are working with only loose prints. Choose the photos you want to keep. Remove duplicates and poor-quality shots. Keep only the most meaningful images and toss the rest if you are working to downsize or eliminate clutter. At this point, you could stop and move on to Step #3.



If you want to get your photo collection truly organized, then continue sorting. Separate pictures into piles by subject, people, theme or year. Whatever makes most sense to you. Then, label those piles in chronological order. This will pay off when you move on to Step #4 and eventually share copies of your images with family members. Advanced sorting will make specific photos easy to locate on a computer or device later on.










Box up your printed memorabilia and bring them to a trusted local photo preservation expert (like us!) for scanning. The key word here is “local”. We never recommend shipping your most precious possessions across the country! Each print will be professionally digitized and saved as high-resolution JPG files. We can even create labeled folders to keep your sorting efforts intact. Your newly digitized images will then be safely saved to a media device of your choice, a cloud storage location and/or to any other location that you request. 








At this stage, you’ll have various options for what to do with your digital image files – including how many copies to share. This is the fun part! Think about who would like a set of the scanned images – even if they may not completely appreciate them today. (IE: children and teens.) Once the images are scanned, duplicate media copies are extremely affordable – so be generous and share freely!


Your story is meant to be shared – and now is the perfect time to do it! Don’t wait until it’s too late to protect those photos of your grandparents, your high school prom and that family vacation to the Grand Canyon. 


In 50 years, will you be able to reminisce? Will your grandchildren know if they’ve inherited your good looks? Will you be able to show them your childhood home? The answer to these questions is largely dependent on how you store and archive printed images today. After all, we’re not simply talking about pictures and home movies. We’re talking about your childhood, your wedding day, your entire family history – your life.








Storing a digital version of your memories takes far less space in your home. Plus, no more digging through closets and flipping through albums looking for a single photo! Archived images are easily searchable in their digital state.









Aging photo albums, boxes of prints and home movies are at risk for deterioration, misplacement and destruction in their current state. Archiving is also insurance for loss due to water damage, fire and other environmental hazards.










Once your photos and home movies are digitized, the files can easily be viewed on almost any device.









Each and every family member can have their very own digital copy of the files. This is especially helpful in the case of a divorce or death in the family.









The digital files can easily be shared with family members around the world. Email specific files and store your new digital library in the cloud so that others can access them. For redundancy, we recommend ordering multiple copies of the digitized images for children, grandchildren or siblings.



Make a plan for your story. How do you plan to preserve all the meaningful events in your life? If you don’t have one, don’t worry. We provide tools, training and assistance so you can tell your story for generations to come. We’ll pair your lifestyle needs with the right photo management solutions, making it easy to keep up with your collection as it grows. Archiving is an important but never-ending process, and The Print Refinery is here to help you preserve your family’s history for future generations to enjoy and remember.