The days of filling up family photo albums with polaroid pictures are mostly a thing of the past, but people still want to treasure and share the memories that matter to them most. Why let your precious moments gather digital dust on your phone or computer when there are so many convenient, functional options for available for you to keep the best memories at your fingertips? Here are three simple ways to store and save your cherished photos.
Photo storage & display: Cloud, photo frames, and projectors
Computers can crash and phones can break or be stolen; this is an unfortunate reality about the devices on which many individuals tend to keep important files and pictures. The solution is cloud photo storage, which has revolutionized the way users keep and manage their pictures, freeing them from the fear that they could lose irreplaceable images and videos in the blink of an eye. Cloud-based options enable you to access your photos from multiple devices, and many allow you to digitally share your photos with others.
If you are tired of the lack of privacy on some social media sites, know that there are plenty of other places for you to share your photos and even let people comment on them without having to make them part of the public domain. These days, more and more employers scour social media sites when making hiring decisions. While you may have nothing to hide, the level of information complete strangers can glean from the information and pictures posted online is oftentimes nothing short of invasive.
From there, copying photos to display devices can help ensure that you, your family, and friends keep great memories alive with random or themed slideshows. Digital photo frames are a wonderful way to provide low light and reassure kids who might be fitful sleepers, or to comfort loved ones who might be far from home. Projectors can turn a drab wall into a lovely beach from a recent vacation or create a fun backdrop for a party, so remember to take your old photos out for a spin whenever possible.
Print options: Canvas frames, retail therapy, and pictures on (almost) everything
If you’ve ever wanted to decorate your home with some chic canvas prints, but realize no amount of wine will turn you into a world-class painter, don’t despair. You can turn your own photos into custom canvas prints easily online and finally fill that gaping hole over the couch with something personally meaningful. Using a panoramic photo to create a double or triple canvas spread can add elegance and completely change the mood and tone of a room.
Several retailers like CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, Staples, FedEx, and more offer email to print services so that you can create regular prints, posters, coffee mugs, or even bound photo albums to give as gifts. These usually take less than a few weeks, and you typically have the option to pick up in store to avoid shipping charges, or have your items mailed to your home.
Online companies like Vistaprint allow you to create marketing and promo items from your photos including magnets, business cards, hats or t-shirts, blankets, holiday postcards, calendars, and much more. You can put your favorite photos on almost anything to create a unique and special gift to make a friend or loved one smile, to remember a special event, or even to bring an unexpected pop of color and form to a drab space at work.
With so many options to choose from for storage and printing your happiest memories, there’s no reason to lose them or let them waste away collecting digital dust. You took the time to take the pictures, give yourself and your loved ones a reason to smile every day by bringing those photos to light.