Benefits of Photo Scanning & Digitization

You probably have boxes full of printed photos, but why go through the time, effort and money to have them digitized?

Lasting Durability

  1.     Photo paper doesn’t last forever, just look at photos from a previous generation. They get damaged, they fade, and when you only have the one copy, those memories start to disappear with the photo. Preserve them! 

  2. Disasters Insurance

  3.     Unfortunately things happen, and although great insurance can replace your belongings, you can’t replace family photos. Once these photos have been digitized, your able to save them in multiple locations and online storage sites so that you can prevent them ever being lost to the unthinkable.

  4. Multiple Generations

  5.     Know all those great family photos that your parents took during christmas, family vacations, and other memorable occasions... how do you share those memories with your siblings once you all have families of your own? Digitizing these memories is not only a great gift for yourself, but it allows you to share these memories with multiple family members for generations.

  6. Make ‘em like new - Colour Restoration and Blemish removal

  7.     Everyone has those photos that have been carried around in their wallet and been creased and stained, or maybe your photos have been faded from the sun in frames in your living room. By digitizing these photos it allows us to use dedicated photo restoration software to bring back faded colours and fix some of the damage that comes to photos after years of love.

  8. Reprints, Enlargements & Photo Gifts

  9.     Thanks to the advancement in photo technology your photos are more accessible then ever - and that allows you to be so creative! Create scrap books, photo quilts, photo coffee mugs, even a billboard if you wish - all without having to risk any damage to those original photographs. You can also now create enlargements that were never possible generations ago. Some of our clients have wallet size photos now printed as 20x30’s!

  10. Organize

  11.     Ever been looking for that one photo, but feel overwhelmed knowing you have to go through all those old photo albums in the closet to find it? Thanks to digital photo files, all your photos are all in one place right on your computer, tablet or even your phone! We can work with you to help you organize your photos in to easy to access photos for your PC or your Mac.

  12. Share with the world

  13.     Social Media has taken over our generation, from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pintrest! You have alot of friends out there, and digitizing your photos is the one of the best way to share your memories with the world!


We make it simple
    Assuming you have the knack for learning technical things, the three main costs of doing scanning yourself (rather than having a service do it) are time, money, and quality.

    According to research firm GfK North America, the average American adult has 3,000 old analog images. Scanning and repairing those, once you've learned how and bought the equipment, should take about 7.5 minutes per photo. For 3,000 photos, that's 22,500 minutes, or about 375 hours. That's nearly 10 workweeks — or 47 Saturdays at 8 hours a day.

Time Required for Doing Scanning Yourself, Per Image

Scanning takes Money

Aside from the time required to learn how to scan, you'll need to buy some additional equipment and software (assuming you already have a PC or Mac).

Upfront Costs to Start Your Scanning Project

Flatbed Scanner

For scanning printed photographs up to 8" x 10". We recommend the Epson 4490. While some flatbeds have attachments for scanning negatives and slides, a dedicated film scanner will work much better.

Image Correction Software

While many scanners include image software, we've found that best results come with a full-featured program, like Adobe Photoshop. To save some funds, you could easily use Adobe Photoshop Elements. (But keep in mind, no software can replace the value of a trained human eye.)

Additional Storage

With the ever so quickly disappearance of CD & DVD drives in computers, it’s imperative to keep your files on a USB enabled hard drive or internal hardrive space.
(80 mb ea X 3000 images = 235gb = 50 standard DVD’s)

Scanning deserves high quality

Last but not least, the third problem with doing scanning yourself is insuring that you are going to do it well. It will be a large investment of time and money and you want to be sure that the results are worth the effort. While it's true that buying a good scanner is an important decision, your ability to repair the scanned images for scratching, fading, and color shift is just as important.


Terms of Memories2Memory Photography

Memories2Memory reserves the right to use your images for any purpose which may include but is not limited to, advertising, marketing, promotion and publishing to blogs and websites. All images are copyrighted by Memories2Memory. Editing, cropping or using the images on your USB for anything outside of personal use - including contests, business promotion or other - is strictly prohibited. By hiring Memories2Memory, you agree to these terms.


We’re dedicated to making sure your images are preserved forever, and we don’t want that the price tag to be the one thing that is stopping you. We’re reasonably priced and offer volume discounts!

Put the amount of pictures you have (sized minimum 2 in. x 2.5 in. and maximum of 11.9 x 18.2 in.) in the box to the side and your estimated cost will be displayed. Some conditions apply**

Contact us for more details or any questions or concerns.