Ways to Preserve and Store Your Portraits
In the attic, in the closet, in boxes on the bookcases we all have photos scattered around the house that we just don't know what to do with. While most opt for the shoebox method of storing their loose printed images this isn't always the best way to ensure they aren't damaged or lost. Here are some ideas for how to safeguard and store your own portraits.
4 Ways To Protect Your Loose Prints
1. Photo Storage Boxes
One of the best and quickest ways to get loose piles of photos organized is with a photo storage box. They are easy to find as well and can be purchased at any local craft store. Just be sure the photo boxes are of archival quality. You can organize by year. We have quite a few of these in our home. I actually keep ours stored in one of those foldable wagons so that I can easily pull them out to the car if a hurricane comes, because my photos go with me!
2. Albums or Scrapbooks
Putting your printed family photos into an album can seem like a long process. You don't have to get fancy or specific just slip your photos into an album in the best chronological order you can. If you want to get creative and add in some extra special memories create a scrapbook of your photos.
When choosing albums make sure they are made with acid free paper, and has non-PVC plastic. You also don’t want any magnetic or sticky backed sheets. The best albums are ones that can accommodate various sizes of photos from wallet size to 8×10. Refrain from gluing or using an adhesive to keep your photos in place as you may change your mind and damage the image trying to remove it.
3. Wall Art and Frames
Don't forget about the picture frames around your home. You can rotate the pictures in your frames or buy some new ones to hang on the walls as well. This is a great way to give your walls a quick and simple update while also enjoying the memories you've captured.
I have a nook in my house where it’s floor to ceiling just a BUNCH of different frames. I’ve also seen skinny shelves at Ikea that have an endcap thing that would be great for layering framed images on.
4. Online or Digital Album
The best way to preserve your prints is to transfer them into a digital album or folder. But keep in mind that digitals can get lost or the medium you put them on could become corrupt or outdated. Many computers no longer have CD or DVD drives. Some don’t even have USB ports!
If you go digital, look at backing up in more than one location, so a USB drive and then also onto an online area. If you have an Amazon account, you get free online photo storage for your family portraits. Dropbox is another good free one. Dropbox also has an app for your phone to get your phone images onto the web and saved for you.
Ultimately, the printed image will never become outdated, so definitely get those images printed!
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