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Have I mentioned that we are in the midst of de-cluttering and ‘getting rid’ because we are going away for a year or so of travelling? Yeah OK, I know I have but you’ll have to excuse me because I’m off on one again. You see the emptying of our loft resulted in the discovery of a sack of photos which, quite frankly, I didn’t know what to do with – until I met to The Album People…

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The Album People, run by Elad and Alicia, is a company that preserves and digitalises your photos, creating a unique photography archive that is accessible at the click of a mouse. For us it meant that all the photos we had ahem, ‘organised’ in that green sack, could be converted and available to enjoy and share. In our case it also meant that once completed I could bin the pictures thereby avoiding paying a storage company for the pleasure of minding them.

Discovering The Album People was very timely but when I mentioned it to other friends who aren’t on the move they all admitted they could do with some help too. With family life taking priority it seems we all have mountains of photos that need sorting, but, like so many things, we just never get round to it.

I’ll admit the hardest part of the process is the sorting out. To get results you have to get off your bot and dig into that sack/box/drawer but once that’s done it’s no sweat. In contrast, the easiest part is that the scanners and the archivists come to you. Yes, you. Here’s how the process works…

‘You will never know the true value of a moment until it becomes a memory’

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1. Get the pics out

I’ll say it again. You are going to have to face the photos. In our house this was quite fun as it turned into something that we could all got involved in. The kids loved looking through the old photos of Mummy and Daddy and remarking on how young we were (thanks for that) they also chuckled at the pics of themselves covered in Chicken Pox etc. Personally, I loved looking back on holidays, travelling, grandparents who are sadly no longer with us and all those crazy moments. Ahhh… good times!

2. Get sorting
At first I found it hard to bin some pictures but as soon as I got into the swing of it I became pretty ruthless. I kept 400 photos from the garden sack and probably chucked out about 600. Our archive is quite small (the invention of digital cameras has helped) but for some families the archive could be huge. Elad and Alicia told me about one family they worked with who had photos dating back to the Victorian times. Just imagine, they were able to create an archive that spanned centuries and generations.

3. Get The Album People in
The team make home visits to London and arrive armed with their own scanning equipment. They gave me instructions on sorting and labelling the photos prior to their arrival which meant that they could immediately get down to scanning and inputting searchable meta data into the photo files.

The 400 photos took about 3 hours to scan in and for most of the time I left Elad and Alicia to get on with it. The length of time this takes will depend upon the size of your archive. If you don’t live in London the team will consider visiting (extra fee). Alternatively, you can send The Album People the pictures via a courier service.

The Album People also convert VHS and DVDs so I gave them our unedited wedding video to convert – this was returned to me along with the Hard Drive.

4. Get sharing
A few days after their visit I received a beautiful box in the post. It contained the USB stick with the photos (so much smaller than the green sack), a lovely luggage type label with all the key words from our photos such as ‘Australia’ ‘Noah and Ferne’ and ‘Engagement’, a fun digital Valentine’s picture and a personal notes & guidelines booklet describing our archive and information on how to search for the pictures on the hard-drive and cloud server. These notes also encouraged us to continue adding to the archive.

Around this time the photos also appeared in my Dropbox folder. These are also organised into the ‘Australia’ ‘Noah and Ferne’ etc categories which makes it super easy to find them and, even better, super easy to share both the embarrassing and endearing moments with our nearest and dearest.

5. Get organised

The creation of the archive really is just the beginning. It’s certainly made me think about tackling all the digital photos that we’ve randomly dumped here, there and everywhere. For those of you with digital chaos The Album People offer a Modern Family archive service as well as the other photo conversion services.

6. Get giving

My mind boggles at the size of the archive that The Album People would be able to create with, for example, my parent’s photographs – we’re talking about 60+ years of their own photographs plus the many others they’ve inherited along the way. For a unique present idea I think an archive would make a wonderful gift (I’m thinking big anniversaries & birthdays). You can also buy photo montages, clips and gift cards and if wedding bells are on the cards The Album People has just started a Wedding Shop where you can create unique photo gifts and montages for yourselves and your guests.

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Visit The Album People for full details of their wonderful services and to see how you too can create your own archive to cherish, grow, share and enjoy.

 

 

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  1. Glad to hear good reviews about The Album People as I\’ve just done the same and booked them to scan my attic away!

    • Hi Claire. Brilliant – you’ll love the ‘free’ feeling it gives and the space you’ll have in your attic. I bet you’ll have great fun sharing them and remembering all those crazy times! Michelle x

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