Top 10 Reasons Pictures Are Digitized

A new poll asking why people have their snapshots digitized was just released by Divorce topped the list.

It turns out the only thing easy and inexpensive about divorce is who gets the pictures. At one cent each, scanning all means that everyone can claim it.

photostack1 300x225 - Top 10 Reasons Pictures Are DigitizedWhy people digitize their analog photos is not always a pretty picture. According to a revised study released today by, lamentable events in people’s life tops the list of ten leading reasons why people are choosing to have their decades of family memories scanned.

“After an earlier poll of customers, we just asked again. The new results maintained and mirrored those earlier ranking. The poll was motivated by wondering why people digitally archive their generations of family pictures that were previously stored in shoeboxes,” explained Mitch Goldstone, CEO at ScanMyPhotos.

According to ScanMyPhotos, topping the list of ten primary reasons why people want to scan pictures was divorce. “It turns out that the most common reason for scanning pictures is due to divorce and seeking to easily split up photos,” explained Goldstone. ScanMyPhotos digitally “marries” pictures to digital media before a divorce takes it away. And, according to Goldstone, “the only thing easy and inexpensive about divorce is deciding who gets the photos; especially at the new way to have photos preserved for one cent each.”

Divorce, followed by funerals and anxieties over fading photos topped the list, according to Goldstone. 125 people who had their pictures digitized were interviewed in June 2019 and asking why they had their pictures digitally preserved.


1) Divorce

2) Storing, uploading and sharing on a photo-sharing app

3) Anniversary gift/multi-media presentation

4) Family reunion

5) Birthday/wedding gift

6) Genealogy/family history project

7) Concern about losing or fading away

8) Funeral/memorial service

9) Preservation from Natural Disaster

10) Other

[Methodology. According to 125 consumers who were polled by ScanMyPhotos in June 2019, the top reason why they chose to have their entire shoeboxes of archived pictures commercially scanned was due to a family divorce].

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Picturing Major Life Events – Part 6: Managing Memories through Separation or Divorce

divorceLife is hard to plan for. Seasons change, things happen, and time wears on. But when a major life event occurs, you need to make sure you’re able to see the big picture.

This is why we’re creating a series of posts on the tips and tricks to help manage major life events. These events range from something as simple as spring cleaning (and how it can affect your entire life) to as complicated as divorce or separation. And, of course, we’ll help you determine what to do with those old print photos at every step of the way.

Part 1: Spring Cleaning Tips and Tricks
Part 2: Moving and Packing Tips and Tricks
Part 3: Getting Married and Combining Families 
Part 4: Starting and Growing a Family
Part 5: Ancestry Research and Genealogy

Part 6: Managing Memories through Separation or Divorce

In a recent poll, we asked our customers what was the #1 reason for having their photos scanned and digitized. As it turns out, the need to evenly divide memories due to a separation or divorce was the major motivating factor.

For us here at ScanMyPhotos, we often get questions regarding managing memories during a separation or divorce. We do our best to provide professional and helpful customer service for anyone who is going through tough times—and we stick to our policies during the most delicate of situations. However, in order to make the process a much smoother experience for everyone involved, we pulled together the following tips.

Remember that everyone can receive (and replicate) digital copies

It is far easier to split photos down the middle than it is to divide up any other physical assets. The reason being is that you can easily scan, digitize, and even reprint the photos you’ve accumulated together throughout the years. This way, no one has to walk away with only half of the memories—both parties can have digital access to the photos and keep them for years to come.  Continue reading

Poll: Divorce #1 Reason People Digitize Family Photos

Stack of photos, bulk scanning[update June 7, 2019]

Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond wrote this in the New York Times Style Section about: “I’ve Shed the Emotional Baggage of Divorce. But What About All This Stuff? When a bonfire is not an option.” Read more.

For us at ScanMyPhotos, the business of supporting people during a divorce is emotional, highly delicate and sensitive. When it comes to who keeps the family pictures, we share how you can observe civility and evenly share those memories from happier times?

The only thing inexpensive and amiable about a marital split is who gets to keep the memories pictured in photographs. The in-laws, “outlaws” and everyone in the family can easily get archived digital copies from all their photos.

All too often, we hear about friends, relatives, and celebrities calling it quits to their marriage, which evokes a very common question, who gets the family pictures?

In today’s all-digital world, the answer is as simple as a press of the button to easily share everything electronically. But, what about those decades-past analog photos, 35mm slides, and film negatives? That task is much more arduous, and often enters a caustic battle over who gets to retain the family pictures.

During the past two months, has conducted an outreach campaign asking people why they digitize pictures? The answers from 940 respondents were across the board– from the expected family reunions, anniversaries, and even memorial services. The second most popular reason why people digitize pictures is due to all the popular photo-sharing apps, like Google Photos, Instagram, and Twitter.

However, in a heavy-hearted reaction, the most common reason people digitize pictures is due to a separation, where a couple needs to divide their possessions. This is often followed by combative discussions, which occasionally end up costing thousands in legal fees. And, that is before a single picture is digitized. It is highly emotional. Reexamining pictures from yesteryear and happier times is a particularly sensitive undertaking.

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Divorce, Photos, and Procrastination: Why Waiting 20 Years Saves the Day

ScanMyPhotos customer Trudy Arnold faced the same awful choice as many parents when she got divorced: What to do with all of those cherished family photos?

As it turns out – nothing, at least, not for a long, long time. As she explained, “Twenty years ago when my children’s father and I divorced, it got down to the family photos, and neither of us could go through them at that moment. We put it in the terms of our agreement that’d we’d revisit them at a different time.”

Well, procrastination worked in her favor. Fast forward to last summer when she bought a ScanMyPhotos Groupon. Trudy knew she had 6 months to get her photos together, and that deadline turned out to be the best thing ever. Her 3 grown children, their dad and Trudy all got all of the photos.
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Divorcing? Thanks To Technology, Now Everyone Gets To Keep Family Photos

Dividing photos during divorceThere is no other way to put it: divorce is awful. Even if it’s amiable, it is still exhausting, stressful, expensive, and just plain hard, especially when it comes to deciding who gets to keep what marital property.

No matter how long you’ve been married, there are lots of memories saved on your hard drive, in albums, and in shoe boxes. From chronicling the first year of the first grandchild, to your sister-in-law’s destination wedding, to your in-law’s 40th wedding anniversary party, those milestones and that family history is important to many people on both sides of the family.

Dividing up those photos used to be an impossible chore, but it’s not anymore. Thanks to the many wonders of the digital age, it is fast, easy, and inexpensive to ensure both spouses, in-laws, “out-laws,” and everyone else in the family gets to keep treasured photos.

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