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Quarantine Boredom? 5 Ways to Preserve Your Family Photos

We’re living through a very unusual time right now! Many of us have more time than we’ve ever had in our adult lives. I don’t know about you, but I can only watch Netflix so long before I need to do something more productive! What better time to get caught up on all those to-do lists that we’ve been adding to over the years? I’m sure many of us have piles of old photos, or digital photos stored away on old disks or thumb drives that haven’t seen the light of day in years. Here are 5 tips to finally getting those photos organized and displayed so you can preserve those family memories:

1. Find, sort and organize

Depending on your personality, this may be the most fun and exciting part, or the most daunting. While it may take a lot of time (that we now have plenty of), it can be a nostalgic walk through your family’s life. If you know the details of the photos, such as names, dates and locations, go ahead and note those on the back of the photo. This article from Archival Methods has good information about how to do this properly: https://www.archivalmethods.com/blog/safely-writing-on-photographs/. Years down the road, those details will become more fuzzy and not so easily recalled. Future generations will thank you!

2. Pull out the most special photos to create an album/family yearbook

Let’s face it. Not all of the photos we have are spectacular, especially those from before digital photography allowed us to delete those super awkward ones!

Choose the photos that are your favorites and place them in an album, or create a photobook that you can have printed. Photos that tell a story about an event or person are usually the best ones to include.

3. Choose best photos for art projects or wall art

Some of the photos will be your absolute favorites and may already be displayed in a small frame in your home, or even featured as a profile picture on social media. These photos are ones that are best chosen for art projects or wall art.

There are many online tutorials on how to transfer photos to wood to make a personalized piece of art, as well as many services that can print on fabric or even metal. Memory quilts featuring family photos make the perfect gift!

Taking special photos and enlarging them to a size that is 16×20 or greater makes a big statement on a wall. Professional photos or photos with a high resolution are best for large prints.

4. Document now – and keep doing it!

If this time has taught us anything, it should be just how special family time and memories are. Continue to take photos! We are living through a major historic event. Document it! Take photos of things that tell the story of what is going on – making masks, finding toilet paper and being excited about it, your kids on the computer watching a lesson from their teacher, sidewalk chalk messages you see on a walk through your neighborhood, or anything else that you think future generations would need to see to be able to understand this bizarre time in history.

Take that awareness for storytelling into the future. Once everything goes back to “normal” your family’s story will continue. Keep being the storyteller!

5. Schedule new family photos

If it’s been a while since you’ve had professional family photos, now is the time to plan to have new ones made. High quality photos are always valued and can be printed as heirloom quality artwork. Our families are constantly growing and changing, and it’s important to capture these fleeting moments before they change again!

Professional photographers not only provide an artistic eye for capturing your family in their best light, but we also offer many high quality products for displaying and preserving your images.

Contact me today and we can schedule your session and discuss how we can best preserve your memories! Mention this blog post, and you’ll get $100 in print credit for your session.

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    A Love to Last Through the Century

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    Texas A&M University is known for it’s many traditions. One of my favorite traditions is Aggie couples getting engaged beneath the sprawling limbs of the Century Tree – a tree that was one of the first planted on campus well over 100 years ago. According to the tradition, if a couple walks beneath the tree, they will eventually get married. If a proposal happens under the tree, the marriage will last forever.

    As a maroon-blooded Aggie, Seth decided that the tree would be the perfect place to propose to the love of his life, Kathryn this past Saturday. I was contacted by Kathryn’s mother and was asked if I would be available to capture this special moment for them. As an Aggie myself, I was extremely excited about this opportunity!

    Seth and I met at the tree that day to discuss our strategies and he filled me in on his plans. He told me that he had sent her on a scavenger hunt with clues that would eventually lead her to the tree where he would be waiting! As he nervously paced back and forth and checked his phone for text messages from people helping Kathryn along the way, he told me about the different places he was sending her to on her scavenger hunt.

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    He told me about how they had met in the Ice Cream Aisle at HEB, and how that was the first stop on the scavenger hunt. He told me how she was active in the local theater and that was yet another stop. Her final stop before coming to the tree was at the Dixie Chicken where Seth worked. The amount of thought and planning that he put into this day was so sweet and touching – he even wore his lucky socks!

    He wasn’t sure what time she would arrive exactly, but we were planning on her being there around 3:00pm. He was keeping me posted on her progress and estimated arrival through the text messages he was receiving from those helping him. His nervousness was palpable and I kept reassuring him that it would all work out and that she was not going to say “No!”

    As she was getting closer I got him positioned and found where I would stand to get her walking up and seeing him. We were in place and finally he said that she was on her way – she had left the Chicken! His reaction seeing her walk around the corner was the sweetest!!

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    Before she had arrived, he told me that he had no idea what he was going to say or if he’d even be able to get the words out. I don’t know what he ended up saying, but I have no doubt it was heartfelt and thoughtful. And of course, she said “YES!”

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    Congratulations Kathryn and Seth!! Thank you for letting me capture this special moment in your lives!

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      Exciting Changes Coming to Amy Hanks Photography!!!

      With my business growing, I decided that now would be the perfect time to make some changes to better serve my clients. I’m so excited to make the transition to being a full-service photographer. So, what exactly does “full-service” mean? My goal is not only to provide you with beautiful images, but to produce a product that actually allows you to enjoy those images! I feel, as your photographer, I’m not there to just simply capture your photo. I want to help you create art — art that features you! With a planning and styling consultation before your session, I will guide you on details such as wardrobe and location selections that would fit your style and personality. We will also be choosing which products will best showcase your images to match your needs.

      Why are printed products so important?

      We have all received digital images in the past (myself included) that probably never saw the light of day (except maybe for being shared on Facebook or Instagram). I have lost many irreplaceable and priceless photos of my late mother and of my oldest son’s childhood because they were saved on computers that have since crashed. I also have been given CDs and thumb drives with portraits I had paid for, but never got around to having them printed, and they have since been lost. Those photos are now gone forever. Printed photos, especially those that are framed or in albums, are there for you to enjoy any time. They are special memories that will be handed down in your family for generations to come. They become heirlooms, instead of being lost to cyberspace. I want to help you ensure that the photos you pay for are actually enjoyed and preserved. I will help you figure out what to do with your images rather than just handing you some digital files and saying “Good luck figuring out what to do with these!”

      Relax, I’ll take care of it!

      As part of my new services, I will now be providing custom album and wall art design. With my resources, you will be able to see exactly what your photos will look like on your walls. You’ll be able to see which styles and sizes would best fit your space. This allows you to “try it before you buy it” so you know exactly what you’re getting before you place your order. It’s never been easier to get those photos out of the digital world and onto your walls, where they belong!

      You can see what the photos you have chosen will look like directly on your wall.

      Not only will I take care of designing your custom wall art or album, but I will also take care of all of the details. I will have your photos professionally printed at a lab that my computer is calibrated to so it ensures accurate color in your prints. Before delivering your products, I will inspect and approve them to make sure that you are getting the absolute best quality artwork. In addition to delivering your products to you, I will also install any wall art that you have purchased. Whether it’s one large print, or a complete wall gallery, I will take care of the installation for you!

      Let’s celebrate!

      To celebrate these exciting new changes, I will be offering a 20% discount on any wall art that is purchased during the month of March. I will be sending an email to my past clients with some complimentary wall gallery designs with photos from your sessions. If you are interested in purchasing any of the designs, or would like to meet to discuss some alternative images or layouts, I will be happy to help you!

      Stay tuned for more exciting news and updates!

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