GATHER YOUR PHOTOS
The first thing you need to do is gather the photos you want to digitize. They may be in photo albums, on hard drives, disks, cds, shoe boxes, etc. Then think about what you want the end picture to look like. If you want the photos organized by family member, by year, vacation, etc., then the photos should be in that order. If you need help organizing them, we can help you for an hourly fee. It’s our opinion that no one can sort your photos better than you can. For example, you can identify everyone in the photos and the exact event or location where the photos taken. But we understand this process can be overwhelming, and that is why our expertise is so helpful.
GATHER YOUR VIDEOS
Whether they are old movies on vhs tapes, vhsc, dvds, or cds, we can help you transfer those onto a hard drive or push them up to an account on YouTube so you can enjoy them on TV whenever you’d like. My husband and I watch our vacation videos all throughout the year and it is a wonderful way of remembering the good times you have spent together. Place all of your video items in a box so that they are separate from your photo memories.
We can start with a phone call to discuss your needs. Everyone has different ideas of what they would like to accomplish or different media they need help with, so let’s start here! Once we have determined what you’d like to do, you can either come to my office with your photos and media, or if you’re local, I can pick them up from your location. I am located in Riverside County in the city of Temecula. I do not recommend mailing any of your precious memories. If something happens to them, they are impossible to replace. I would rather make a trip and meet you half way if necessary to personally pick up your items.
First, we will scan all your photos at either 300 or 600 dpi, name them according to how you have them organized, and do a quality check on them with each scan set. Our scanner has a built in feature that color corrects as we scan and often you get a better quality image after the scanning. This is especially true with older, faded photos. It will also scan the back side of the photo if there is any writing on them. The writing on the back is part of the memory that goes with your photo; Grandmother’s writing, mom’s notes, etc.
Next we will begin transferring all your videos from VHS tapes, CDs or mini DVDs onto your hard drive, YouTube, or both if you desire. We’ll name them according to their labels if they have one so they are easier to identify. We will make sure they are ready to view for your family’s enjoyment. This is a great way to share your memories with family. Our parents love watching our adventures and say it makes them feel like they were right there with us. We love this and feel it’s a great way to share our lives with them.
CREATE YOUR WEB SITE
Once we have your photos and videos digitized, we will then create your custom web site where we will store everything we can. We’ll even include the colors and themes you would like to see. The site we use has quite a variety to choose from and we will include you in that process. Once your photos are uploaded, we offer personal training so you can feel comfortable navigating the site, sharing the photos you want and keeping private the ones you don’t want to share. We will also show you how to upload photos in the future from your iPhone. *See below for training info.
RETURN YOUR PRECIOUS MEMORIES
Once your web site is created and showcasing your amazing photos, we will then return all of your precious memories to you. For an extra charge, we can also provide a backup copy on an external hard drive.
WEB SITE TRAINING
We will train you how to upload, organize and share your photos with your friends and family. With just a little hands on training, we will make sure you are comfortable with the process.
In my opinion, playing with the site once your photos are all uploaded is the best part of the process, especially for those that love looking at their photos and putting them in an organized fashion.
Our most treasured heirlooms are the memories of our family.
Should you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us and ask. That’s what we are here for. Our goal is to make this an amazing and affordable experience for you and your family. If there are tears, we want them to be tears of joy from seeing photos you haven’t seen in years at your finger tips. Making this affordable for all to enjoy is very important to us.