Storing Old Photos: The 5 Most Common Mistakes People Make

Your old photos are a treasure trove of memories. And yet, you may be destroying them without knowing it! Here are the five most common mistakes that people make when storing old photos.

✍🏻 Written by Dr. Laura Whitman from MemoryCherish

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Not storing old photos in a cool, dry place. The best way to avoid damage from heat and humidity is by keeping your photos somewhere that’s dark, preferably with low temperatures and high relative humidity levels (between 30% – 50%).

Not keeping them away from children & pets. If you’ve ever tried sharing photos with your kids and pets, then you know that there are some risks involved — they’re inclined to chew on photos or get their sticky paws all over them! That’s why we always make copies of the originals & share those instead.

Having your photos on display. It’s a good idea to show your photos off occasionally, but if you’re leaving them on the table or in a frame where they’ll be exposed to light for extended periods of time, then it can cause fading and discoloration. 

If you want to keep your photos are on display without risk, scan them first. This way, if the original photo fades away, you have a digital copy.

Not having digital scans as a backup. Imagine your house burns to the ground, or a flood destroys your home. You try to salvage the photos, but they’re all gone because you didn’t have a digital backup. Digital copies of your photographs are easy to create these days using your phone or scanner, so there’s no excuse to make them!

Not getting your deteriorating photos restored. If some of your precious memories have already deteriorated, you don’t want to lose them completely. Getting your old photos restored is not as expensive or complicated as you might think, and it’s worth every penny when you see your photos in their original condition again.

You need to save your memories before they get ruined forever. If you don’t, you won’t be able to remember them when you are older or share them with your children and grandchildren so that they can pass on the family legacy. Storing your old photos well is vital.

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That’s why we created MemoryCherish – America’s most loved photo restoration service. We will bring back the colors and details of your old photos so you can enjoy them for years to come. 

Unlike other photo restoration studios that want to charge you an arm and a leg for their services, all of our fees are flat-rate no matter how long the restoration takes us. And unlike others, almost all of our artists are located within the US, not in cheap outsourcing countries.

Our work has been featured on ABC, NBC & FOX News, and our artists have over 37 years of experience. If you’d like to find out more about us, please click above. We would love to save your old memories!

About The Author
Dr. Laura Whitman | MemoryCherish
Dr. Laura Whitman | MemoryCherish

Dr. Laura Whitman is the Head of Education at MemoryCherish, the #1 photo restoration company in the world.

With a PhD in Art History and a specialization in photographic preservation, she brings an unrivaled breadth of knowledge to her role.
Over her 19-year tenure in the field, Dr. Whitman has become a respected authority on topics ranging from photo restoration techniques to historical context and genealogy.

Her work has been recognized by major media outlets such as ABC, NBC, and FOX News, and she has been trusted with collaborations by Adobe. As an educator, she has developed numerous 'how-to' guides and tutorials, making photo restoration accessible to millions.

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