How to Take a Flattering Selfie of You and Your Loved Ones

How to Take a Flattering SelfieWhile the term selfie has exploded in recent years, the notion behind the digital photo phenomena has at least been around since this 1839 photo Robert Cornelius took of himself. Taking selfies is not just for young, hip teenagers—it’s a practice that’s over 150 years old!


So, if you’re ready to jump on the selfie train, then you’re in luck. We have a few tips for those who are seasoned selfie pros or for those who are just beginning.

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How One Customer is Using Photo Restoration to Honor Memories of Missing Brother

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The before and after restoration of Fran’s photo with her brother.

Fran Phoenix recently sent us a photo to restore that had a deeply emotional meaning and story behind it.


“The photo I sent to ScanMyPhotos is of my brother, Marcus Reed. I’m 42 and he’ll be 41 in November. We grew up together in the same house and were very close.”


Unfortunately, as sometimes happens as we get older, the two siblings started to grow apart.


After high school, Fran went on to college, got married, and had children, while Marcus moved around a lot, never staying long in one place. Just when he seemed to be settling down with a good job in Atlanta, he took the family by surprise, telling them he was moving to San Diego. This was last November, and it was the last time his family has heard from him.

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Ad Blocking Biggest Threat to Journalism Since McCarthyism

Throughout the years, as staunch pro-business and consumer activists, occasionally something gets us steaming passionate.  Today, it is about Ad blocking software.


What is the difference between spreading fear to influence and circumscribe conversation, and hiding the instruments in which the media uses to keep the lights on?


Not much.


The new ad blocking software, to conceal content, is a threat analogous to what the photo industry faced, where an ochered-size of disruptive events lead to widespread turmoil as film transitioned to digital.


Along with other products, the new Apple iOS 9 operating system installs advertisement blocking tools for iPhone users. This is similar to fast-forwarding television programs on your DVR to skip the ads. But, worse. Rather than seeing commercials flash by, each advertisement is vaporized. You will never see ads displayed on web sites.


What is at stake?


The business model for media outlets are mostly revenues from advertisements. All those blocked marketing messages equates to jobs and vital content being lost. Sure, not seeing ads is nice, but there is a real cost. Without revenues, your favorite media outlets and other web sites – powered by ad revenues – will vanish, just like the sponsored messages.


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“Saving Your Priceless Memories” By: Robert Lachman, LA Times


The above video and news story on how to digitize photos with was published by “Framework” by The Los Angeles Times, written by Robert Lachman.




Organizing boxes of old snapshots is a daunting task. That must explain why so many of my snapshots have remained tucked away in one of our closets. It’s been about five years since I have worked on this project, and now, I am ready to work on it again and finish it up. Of course, with technology, the waiting game seems to have paid off. The cost of hard drive space keeps going down, and there are a lot of great options for cheap online storage like Google Photos, Apple’s iCloud, Dropbox and Amazon.


The easiest part of the equation was organizing and packing up a box of photos for a return trip to ScanMyPhotos in Irvine. Their basic package costs $149 and includes scanning approximately 1,800 photos, which includes return shipping. It’s a simple and quick process.

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WashPost Photo Organizing Tips

Thanks to Jamie Davis Smith for her extensive Washington Post “On Parenting” tips for organizing photos. These tips are an important way to better organize, unclutter and enjoy decades of analog photos.




Tackling the back-log. Most parents have tons of unorganized photos going back (at least0 until their child’s birth. While this system is relatively easy to implement, it may seem daunting to go back and organize six or 10 years worth of photos. The good news is that you can organize your older photos gradually. Set a goal of finishing a year’s worth of photos over a month or two or even six. Looking through your old photos will be a fun trip down memory lane and you will probably enjoy the process. As you are going through your old photos remember to delete the ones that aren’t keepers. If you are unable to determine in which month old photos were taken or find it too time consuming to do so, concentrate just on organizing the photos by year and pay attention to creating folders for special events like “Johnny’s First Day of Kindergarten” or Halloween so that you can easily find them later.



If you have printed photos you may want to scan them yourself or use a service like to do it for you.


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How to Honor Lost Loved Ones and Give a Priceless Gift

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Jeanne’s dad World War II photo

ScanMyPhotos customer, Jeanne Tobin, grew up before the days of digital photography. “We all took regular pictures, or ‘stills’ is what we used to call them.” These stills have been great for looking back on old memories, but Jeanne encountered a slight issue: the sheer number of printed photos accumulated over the years.


It started with Jeanne’s late father, whom she has some of her fondest memories.


“He was always walking around with his Nikon camera taking photos of us growing up—and my children, too. Wherever he was he took a picture. He took billions of photos and then would get duplicates for free. When he and my mom died 5-6 years ago, I went through all their things. I uncovered album after album of photos, and boxes filled to the brim with pictures that should have gone in albums.”

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