Caring for your Photo Products
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Monday, May 21, 2018
By Twelfth+Grace
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The day when you bring home your beautiful, heirloom products with senior images is a special one! But, once you have those incredibly meaningful products in your home, you may be wondering how to take care of them so they truly last a lifetime, as they were meant to. Today, we want to give you some insider tips on how to protect and preserve your memories without a lot of stress or hassle. After all, these are the items you will want to hand down and pore over at family reunions or parties. 

USB/digital products

We love USB's and their adorable boxes because of the quick way they are able to store such a large quantity of images in a small space. They are ideal for the students who are heading off to college, or the family who is short on extra storage nooks and crannies. But, as with all digital products, they can of course become corrupted, damaged, wet, or ruined, so it's good to have a backup in place. I always back up my images off of a USB drive, downloaded to a computer or even one of the cloud storage options like Amazon Photos or Dropbox. Better yet, you should have at minimum, two places where you are storing images in case one is damaged or lost. Once you've downloaded the images and saved them in two places, you can also choose to put the USB drive itself into a safe or fireproof box with other precious memories! 

Whether you store it in a drawer or a lockbox, be sure its a dry area at room temperature (hot attics or place with temperature fluctuations are not ideal for digital storage), and remember that humidity, dampness or direct sunlight can cause irreversible damage to your drive.

Canvas Products

Your beautiful senior canvasses are like artwork, and should be treated as such. We use a heirloom quality lab that takes extraordinary care to produce canvasses that have a protective coating, and are resistant to color changes and fading. Our lab also notes that "Our canvas wraps are professionally mounted to a solid wood structure, which means they are guaranteed to never sag or warp." We recommend wiping them down with a lint free cloth to keep them beautiful. Remember not to submerge your canvas in water, or try to spray things on it like Windex or other cleaners, as it can severely damage the surface.

Albums

An album is one of the most beloved and used items, because people LOVE to page through it! I often see clients display these on their coffee tables or on bookshelves for guests and loved ones to look at. Of course, that's what its for, but taking special care will ensure that this will be something that can be done for many years, and not just a few weeks. Store and display your albums on a flat surface, so it can bear it's own weight to keep the pages straight. When you are displaying the album (such as at a graduation party), use a tabletop holder to prevent warping, which happens in very rare cases (a plate stand works well). To clean it, wipe it down with a clean and dry cloth (no Windex or other cleaners). if you are storing it for a long period of time, or moving, be sure to pack it in bubble wrap, and place it in a cool, dry place. Here in Northern Virginia, humidity can be forgotten about, but it's an important factor. 

These are just three of our most-loved products, but if you have chosen others, feel free to ask us about storage and care. We are happy to walk you through any questions you may have about the process!

 

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