Your photos are your memories, frozen in time. As Karl Lagerfeld put it, photos “capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.”

Just looking at a single photo can bring back a flood of emotions. You can keep these memories alive for generations to come, but only if your photos stand the test of time.

If you haven’t already digitised your old photos, here are five big reasons why you should.

1. Photodegradation

A printed photo starts to lose its original quality within a few short years after it was taken. A combination of sunlight and air causes photodegradation. The edges of the photo begin to fade and the colours become less vibrant. Don’t wait for this to happen. Digitising a photo will instantly stop its ageing process.

2. Storage

Did you know that a single flash drive can store the same amount of photos or albums as approximately five large cupboards? Decluttering guru, Marie Kondo, would approve. You can box up all your heavy photo albums, send them to Photos2Archive, and have them all stored on a USB stick the size of your thumb. We also provide you with a Dropbox link so you may add them to your favourite cloud storage service. Of course, if you still want to keep those original photo albums, we send them back to you with your USB – we won’t tell Marie!

3. Accessibility

In this digital age, photos can be safely stored on a thumb drive or in the cloud, ready for you whenever you need them. You can access them wherever you go — to your friends’ birthday party or to the other side of the world — with a single tap on your keyboard. You can also easily find them whenever you want to share with family and friends via social media. Which brings us to…

4. Ease of sharing

Want to share old school photos with your friends? Easy. Send them a link to the Dropbox folder where the photos are saved. Need to create a slideshow for your mums 70th birthday? Just stick the thumb drive into your laptop and quickly locate her childhood photos. Love surprising your friends on Instagram? Why not share your questionable fashion choices back in the ’80s?

5. Organisation

When it comes to organising photos that were taken over a period of years, context is everything. If you took 2,500 photos in the last decade, it would take several days to manually sort through them and arrange them in chronological order. You would also need at least 50 physical photo albums to store them all. Modern technology has simplified this task for you — just arrange to digitise all your photos with us, and then easily drag and drop them into your labelled online folders.

Photos2Archive is the retail division of Scan2Archive. Our experienced and professional team has been scanning photos for over 20 years, using state-of-the-art equipment and ensuring a high-quality service. We digitise loose photos, photo albums, photos in photo frames, VHS tapes, BETA tapes, negatives, CD’s, DVD’, slides, kids artwork, journals, yearbooks – the list is endless.  Check out our services page to find the right service for your digitisation needs.

We can digitise the lot; the list is endless! To find out more or receive a customised quote, simply visit our contact us page, or call our friendly staff on 1300 359 880.