My dad has recently begun “archiving” our family photos. And by our family, I mean our extended family from way back when. I began the process about 10 years ago as a labor of love and got almost 400 images processed.
This process includes:
- Scanning the image
- Naming the image
- Repairing/restoring the image
- Updating a spreadsheet with all the details I know about the picture – who is in it, when it was taken, what they are doing, etc.
It was a long and tedious process, especially since I didn’t know very many people or places in the pictures so had to do a lot of research. The point is that it takes a very long time.
I did it as I had time and was in no rush. My dad is a bit less technically inclined and wants the process, especially the scanning, repairing and numbering to be easy…and quick. It’s not. And coaching him from a distance has been time consuming and frustrating, for both of us, but mostly for him.
He’s got at least a 1,000 images to go. And frankly, I don’t want to spend my week with them next month scanning and repairing images. And I want to spare him the frustration and time suck this can be.
Father’s Day – Give Him back His Time
As my sister and I were discussing Father’s Day presents, it came to me, I could give him back his time, without giving him mine. (As I read this, I realize this sounds bad. But with limited time with my parents, I know 1) I wouldn’t be able to complete the task and 2) economically it makes more sense that I work.)
So my plan is to gift my dad with at least getting some of the images scanned and repaired for him. Hopefully, if we can get some back before I get there, I can help him organize and process them.
There are all sorts of services out there that will scan and repair the images for you. Have you ever used one? I would love personal recommendations.