5 Tips For a Successful Family Reunion

How to Host a Successful and Safe Family Gathering Begins with Gathering Everyone’s Decades-past Pictures to Share at the Reunion


OK. The date and location have been chosen, you have lots of volunteers for various committees, and the save-the-date cards have gone out. Before you work on the invitations, start planning for the 5 elements below that will help make your family reunion successful:



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Food

Like any large event with high expectations (weddings, Thanksgiving, July 4th picnic), the food can make or break your family reunion. Find out what allergies and dietary restrictions need to be accommodated before you start planning the menu with your committee (if it’s potluck), the caterer (if it’s not) or the restaurant or resort that is hosting your family.



Favors

You don’t have to design, order, and hand out matching t-shirts to everyone who attends, but it is a nice idea to create a favor that is tied into the reunion. A softcover book that contains the family tree, a photo of families from each branch, and their mailing address and phone numbers would be nice. You could also create a photo book using archived family photos.

Family story presentations

Invite particularly good storytellers in your family to share their stories (or those of parents or grandparents) during an “official” part of the reunion. If this is a large family reunion, it will help the various branches get to know each other better. If it’s a small reunion, it will simply be a lot of fun to hear new or “untold” stories. Digitize all the guest’s pictures to show during the event.

ACTIVITIES

No matter how long your reunion is or where you’re meeting, plan activities that everyone can participate in. If this is the first time the extended family will be meeting, it’s probably a good idea to plan an ice-breaker during the first evening’s cocktail party.
If your family is gathering in a specific city or town, highlight a local map with parks, walking trails, coffee shops, and other points of interest. This will come in useful during downtime, for early risers, and for anyone who is from out of town.

Professional photographer

Everyone will be so busy during the reunion, it will be hard to capture all the big and small moments that make up the event. Hire a local photographer who has experience shooting large gatherings, especially weddings. Everyone will love viewing the photos online post-event.


Family Reunion Tips:

From The Photo Detective Podcast


BONUS: In the invitation, ask everyone to get their childhood, family vacation and other nostalgic photos digitized and then create a presentation on a TV during the gathering. Ask everyone to select their favorite songs so it’s engaging and gets everyone involved. Add the songs to your family movie. Even create a brief trailer to send out prior to the reunion to get everyone excited and begin the reminiscing.


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“The most expensive part of any computer is its data—are you backing up?”


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The image and quote featured front and center in the recent TechRepublic article, World Backup Day: Best practices to backup your data, sends a message that shouldn’t be taken lightly. As you know, the gang here at ScanMyPhotos takes digital storage and backing up best practices very seriously—especially when it comes to the irreplaceable sentimental value of our photos and film.



That’s why we were very excited to see the hashtag #WorldBackupDay trending today.

 

The official #WorldBackupDay website clearly (and cleverly) explains the premise for the observance by stating, “Don’t be an April Fool. Be prepared. Back up your files on March 31st.” This makes for an easy day for us to remember each year.

 

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Digital Photography: What’s News. SiriusXM #TheFeed Interview

From the world of digital imaging, tune into this SiriusXM THE FEED Amber Mac and Michael Bancroft interview with ScanMyPhotos.com


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The pandemic’s year-long winter of anguish is transitioning to solace and springtime resurgence toward routineness.



This is definitive proof that things are gradually hobbling back to normalcy. Before the pandemic, the top reasons for scanning photos were celebrating anniversaries, creating genealogy family history projects, posting to all the photo-sharing apps, and protecting photographs from natural disasters like this.


This is an encouraging indicator from our studying why people are digitizing their lifetime of family pictures. Today’s finding demonstrates a significant shift in the pandemic.


During the past year, 40% of all photo scanning orders were placed by grieving families preparing for online Zoom memorial services. This led to an urgent pivot and shift in how we operated.


Now the number one reason to digitally preserve photographs is preparing for summertime family reunion presentations. The big change in why people are revisiting their archives of family nostalgia accelerated after President Biden outlined his goal for July 4th family celebrations and path towards post-Covid normalcy. Over 70% of all new orders are from families preparing for summertime reunions.



Each week on The Feed @AmberMac & Michael B showcase the latest in the world of technology and social media with their SiriusXM CanadaTalks 167 audience across North America. Download from iTunesPodbeanSpotifyStitcherTuneIn, or Google Play Podcasts.


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Tom’s Guide: “How to digitize photos, negatives and film slides”

What is the best way to digitize photos, negatives, and film slides?


The best ways to digitize and preserve your old photos, negatives, and film slides.” By Jeanette D. Moses, Freelance Photographer, and Videographer



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If you are looking to digitize big boxes of negatives or slides, a mail-in photo scanning service might be the way to go.

 



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How to Declutter Your Space & Memories by Digitizing Family Nostalgia

Welcome to the ScanMyPhotos Journal. Today we share “How to Declutter Your Space & Memories by Digitizing Family Nostalgia.”


If you’ve discovered this article, you probably don’t need much encouragement to declutter your home. But in case you do, consider this:


  • Less clutter makes your home more spacious and liveable.
  • Less clutter makes your home look expensive because it’s easier to stay organized.
  • Disorganization costs money.
  • Less clutter makes your home more beautiful because you can use the space for decoration instead of storage.
  • Less clutter makes your home safer because there are fewer things to trip over and wider spaces to move in.

ScanMyPhotos DealBottom line: It’s good to declutter. The trouble is dealing with nostalgic items, like photos, term papers, graduation certificates, and Christmas cards. You don’t need these things in your daily life, but you don’t want them entirely out of your life, either.


Digitizing your nostalgic keepsakes is one of the best modern solutions to this dilemma. Let’s talk about how to do it.



Digitizing Nostalgia & Uncluttering Your Space 101


The first step in digitizing your nostalgia is to triage your stuff. Find a place to put all the things you want to keep but don’t have space for, and divide it into three piles:


  • Easy Items: Flat objects no larger than a piece of letter paper, for which you don’t need the original if you can be confident of a safe digital solution.
  • Harder Items: Flat objects for which you need the original; larger flat objects whether or not you need the original; anything bound in a book.
  • Odds and Ends: Objects you would like to digitize but don’t know how because they aren’t flat or are inappropriate for storage.

You can do this for all the keepsakes in your home at once or go room by room. Once you have your initial batch of triaged items, deal with each pile one by one.


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Photo Scanning Makes Oprah Magazine’s List For Top Spring Cleaning Tips

Thanks to Oprah Magazine for “33 Tips to Make Spring Cleaning Easier.”


Among the best decluttering tips, written by Brigitt Earley, for your Spring cleaning projects is to digitize pictures.


Excerpt: Declutter the Camera Roll. While you’ve got your phone out, take a trip down memory lane to organize your photos and free up some memory space. While you’re at it, you can even use a service like ScanMyPhotos.com to digitize any old family pics or special mementos, like the kids’ best art projects.


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