Traditionally most of our family photos are taken during Easter, Christmas and on Birthdays. So here are some tips for you as you….get your cameras ready.
- Synchronize your cameras
- If you have multiple photo shooters in your family, make sure that the time is set the same on all cameras. This will definitely help you keep your photos organized when you get around to downloading them on your computer.
- Document tradition
- what special traditions do you have in your family? decorating candy trees, lighting an advent wreath, frosting and decorating cookies, singing carols, lighting the menorah, performing in school musicals, you name it. Frequently, these special moments are left out of our collection of photos. Make a point of documenting all of your family’s traditions.
- Generation photos
- Whether it’s the taking of a 3 or 4 generation photo or taking individual profile photos of each generation or getting a group photo of the whole gang gathered together….document this moment in time.
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A recent Denver, CO client brought in an old photo of his father taken in Arabia. He asked for us to scan and restore the old photo.
It was a bit faint and had an odd red tint to it. Using our Aspen Kiosks we were able to restore his photo and increase the contrast in his father’s face. We printed out a 3″ by 5″ photo for him on glossy paper. He was very pleased with the outcome.
What photos do you have that would make priceless gifts for your loved ones?
Some time ago my mother gave me one of my great grand mother’s receipt books from managing the family farm. It is a long and narrow ruled book where she logged all of farm expenses and income. This book was for 1942.
My mother asked me to scan a few pages of her receipt book. I didn’t scan a few pages I scanned the entire ledger including the pages that were oversized and the ones that were “stapled” with a straight pin.
At Leave A Legacy we scanned each page and saved them as individual jpg files (just like the files from a digital camera). Then we resized each page so that they would fit on an 8.5″ x 11″ page. We printed them in color and two sided and trimmed off the excess. We then used some 11″ steel spines to bind it with clear covers.
One of the pages shows the money that was paid to the hired hand Wendell. That hired hand married one of their daughters…he is my grandpa. He ended up getting the whole farm for himself eventually.
In our family it’s always the oldest of the oldest that gets all of the family memorabilia passed on to them. That means that several family members, me included, are left out. With Leave A Legacy in Fort Collins and Denver on your side everyone in the family can have a copy.
What unique family memorabilia to you have that needs to be preserved and duplicated? Leave A Legacy can scan almost anything….see if you can stump us!
We enjoyed the opportunity to work on a special project for the Mosaic organization of Fort Collins. They asked us to use photos from the 1980′s, 1990′s, 2000′s and of their volunteers and make some collage posters for their big fundraiser and ultimately to put in their office. Loreili brought in folders containing the photos for the different posters. We looked on their website http://www.mosaicinfo.org
for how we should crop and recolor the photos. We rounded the corners on all the photos and made the images either blue toned or orange toned (like their logo) The final project was 4 posters which were 24″ x 36″ in size. They were elated with the outcome and so were we. We didn’t post the images of the actual posters to maintain the privacy of those they serve.
More about Mosaic’s mission: Mosaic is a faith-based organization serving people with intellectual disabilities. We believe that every individual is a person of worth. Together Mosaic staff members, volunteers and the people we support work as partners.
His wife probably picked the calendar out just for him. Little did she know that one month would have a photo of a car identical to Tom’s first car. Tom really enjoyed the photo because it brought back all sorts of memories from yesterday. The only problem with the photo is that someone was sitting in Tom’s car.
Tom knew just the place to take his photo to….Leave A Legacy in Fort Collins and Denver. When he laid it on the counter and made his request, he was relieved that Marsha, the owner, said that it would be an easy job. A few days later Tom came in to see his edited photo. Marsha had scanned in the image and used some photo editing software to remove the stranger from his car.
After a approving of her work he order a copy to be printed 8″ x 10″ on some of their archival matte paper with their archival photo printer. Another fun yet rewarding project from Leave A Legacy.
What memories from your youth do you want to preserve and share with others?
This young bride had a unique idea for her wedding DVD slide show.
She wanted us to have it tell a story. It began Once upon a time there was a little girl…. and ended ….they will live happily ever after.
Here you can see an abbreviated version with just a few photos. She brought in both print photos to be scanned and digital photos along with CDs with the music that she wanted added. After she came in to Leave A Legacy to proof it we burned her several copies.
The backgrounds were created by using some digital paper and removing the color from it. The text added is hot pink. Her wedding colors were hot pink, black and white.
Tell us about a unique DVD slideshow that you have made.
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