How to Share Pictures at Family Reunions

Photography: Family Reunion Tip. Best ideas for celebrating family reunions with pictures.


When extended families safely gather together again this summer–from grandparents to siblings and first cousins–the convergence of multi-generational ancestors is made extra memorable when everyone shares pictures. Not just those recent activities stored on mobile devices, but also generations of analog photo snapshots, 35mm slides, and negatives from yesteryear. This helps build a legacy of storytelling to unite families on a genealogical tour to recall ancestors and the whole family’s history.


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Photo Tip: Ask Guests to Share Decades-Past Scanned Pictures



Family Reunion Ideas That’ll Help You Celebrate Together in 2021. You’ve got the casseroles. Let us bring the festivities. [SOURCE: Southern Living].



FAMILY REUNION PHOTO TIP


1) SCAN. Start by asking each family member to gather all their photographs and have each one digitized. There are several easy ways to affordably digitize pictures, from the ScanMyPhotos.com pay-per-scan option to its popular fill-the-box services to scan about 1,800 pictures, and the much larger Family Generations Collection, where more than 10,000 photos are digitized with free shipping and completed in days.


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2) NARRATE AND RECORD. At the reunion, gather together in front of a large television and sync to the photo files. Set up a camcorder in the rear of the room to record the narratives, as each person shares the stories behind the picture. This is always emotional, and filled with laughter and even weeping chronicles of past events and remembrances from deceased relatives. Provide all the attendees with a copy of the recorded walk down the genealogical path to preserve your family’s timeline.




Family Reunion Tips:

From The Photo Detective Podcast


We saw these wonderful questions by RootsTech to engage and help identify your family history. Provided by Maegan Kasteler:


This list of RootsTech questions should be thought provoking and open-ended. Be cautious, however, that you don’t get too attached to your questions. Let the conversation ebb and flow as naturally as possible.

 


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To give you a jumpstart compiling your own list of questions, here is our curated list of suggested questions:


  1. What do you know about the day you were born?
  2. What was it like living where you grew up?
  3. What weekly rituals or traditions did your family have?
  4. What chores, if any, did you have around the home growing up?
  5. What was your schooling like?
  6. What would you and your friends do to have fun?
  7. What was dating like when you were young?
  8. What was it like living (where your relative lived) during (historic events, such as war, 9/11/2001, a specific political event, a natural disaster, and so on)?
  9. How did your family resolve familial conflicts?
  10. Were you ever involved in any accidents? What happened?
  11. Where was your first job, and what did you do?
  12. What were your hobbies? Is there anything you picked up when you were young that you still enjoy today?
  13. Did your family have any pets? What kind? How many? What were their names?
  14. How and when did you meet your significant other?
  15. What was your wedding day like?
  16. Do you remember any weird or crazy or wonderful gifts you received at your wedding?
  17. When did you know you wanted to have kids?
  18. How did you find out from or tell your significant other that you were going to be parents?
  19. What was early married life like? What struggles did you face?
  20. Have you been on any memorable vacations? Where did you go? What made them so memorable?

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  • You are responsible for paying to mail your pictures to us and we recommend using the U.S. Postal Service’s Priority Mail Flat-Rate box. We cover the return S/H cost to you.



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DIY Photo Scanning Apps vs Professional Picture Digitization

The Test: Photo Scanning Apps vs Professional Photo Scanning Services


Are Photo Scanning Apps Worth the Headache?


Photo scanning apps put the power of preservation into consumers’ hands, but at what cost? We decided to test out the new app and made a startling discovery.



The average family has 5,500 analog photo snapshots fading away from the ravages of time. Watch to see which is the most effective, simple, and practical way to solve this problem.. What is the best way to digitize your entire lifetime of photo snapshots?


This YouTube shares a fun comparison between DIY scanning from your phone at sub-par, low resolution vs. professional high-resolution photo digitization from the company which scanned more than 300 million photos. If you scan your pictures yourself on your ‘smart’ phone, 5,500 pictures will take 100+ hours of non-stop, noninterrupted work.


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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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  • DO NOT SEND ANY PICTURES THAT ARE BENT, CREASED, FOLDED, HAVE NOTES ON IT, IN ENVELOPES, ALBUMS, SCRAPBOOKS OR DO NOT COMPLY WITH THESE PREPARATION GUIDELINES. IT WILL NOT BE PROCESSED AND YOU WILL BE CHARGED TO MAIL IT BACK
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#WorldBackupDay—Pledge to Keep Your Photos Safe

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


FOR WORLD BACKUP DAY, SCANMYPHOTOS IS PROVIDING 50% OFF PHOTO SCANNING. Click for details and promo code.


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.

 

So, if you don’t want to lose any memories, data, important files, etc., take the #WorldBackupDay pledge and share it with your friends on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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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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