Nancy Carr's Blog


Are Your Photos Safe?

September 5, 2017

Are you holding onto photos and worried they will be lost or damaged because you haven’t taken time to scan and preserve them? The catastrophic flooding in Texas is a grim reminder that you can instantly lose those photos forever. 

It's time to take action! September is Save Your Photos Month, nationwide initiative to raise awareness of the issue and encourage you to protect your memories. Mark your calendars and come to one of my upcoming free scanning events. Start protecting your memories today!

Sunday, Sept 10th Open from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

"Photo Appreciation Day to Commemorate First Responders at Henrietta Ambulance." Admission is free and open to the public. Bring up to 50 photos or slides and a USB stick. Tour Henrietta Ambulance Center and meet our first responders while you have your photos scanned and backed up. Location: Henrietta Ambulance Station 280 Calkins Road 14623 (585) 334-4190

Monday, September 11th from 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

"Preserve Your Photos Scanning Event" at Via Girasole Wine Bar, Erie Canal in Pittsford Village. Bring up to 50 photos and a USB stick to Via Girasole Wine Bar and I  will scan your photos to the USB for you to save, share and preserve at no charge! Enjoy a nice glass of wine (or beer) and cheese while your photos are scanned. Via Girasole Wine Bar, 3 Schoen Place, Pittsford NY 14534 585-641-0340

Sunday September 17th from 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

"Preserve A Photo Exhibit" at Casa Larga Vineyard’s Purple Foot Festival. Stop by my booth and have your photos scanned while enjoying the festival. Bring up to 50 photos and a USB stick. Casa Larga Vineyards, 2287 Turk Hill Road, Fairport, NY 585-223-4210

Thursday, October 6 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

"An evening of Photo Preservation" at Webster Interiors Home Furnishings & Design. Browse this amazing store full of fine furniture and stunning home décor accessories while I scan your photos. Bring up to 50 photos and a USB stick. Webster Interiors, 975 Ebner Drive, Webster 14580 (585) 545-4503

"Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory."

I hope to see you at one of my events.

Preserving The Past

August 23, 2017

Families are my usual clients, needing to preserve their photos and bring memories back to life. But community organizations need help too, and I recently assisted a local group preserve and relive their past.

Visit Rochester Industry Council was founded decades ago to attract visitors to our lovely Rochester region, and they asked for my help preserving their history. Thousands of photographs of local events taken in years long past were stored in the basement of an old building, and had to be immediately removed or destroyed.

That’s when they contacted me. We carted out dozens of battered, dusty boxes and began sorting through mounds of photos. We removed duplicates, blurry or unflattering photos and excess scenery shots.

Once I completed hand-sorting the photos into decades, I scanned and organized the digital images into folders. The collection of 2,300 photos is now safely stored on USB and external hard drives for easy retrieval.

At the next council meeting, which was fittingly held at the George Eastman Museum, I created a movie of iconic moments from the past, bringing those memories back to life. Historical photos and records could be hiding in your local community center or place of worship. Now may be a good time to think about preserving those photos too.


Meet My Grandma

August 1, 2017

In this old photo of my brother, sister and I with our grandmother, we were all dressed up for Easter Sunday and Grandma had her arms stretched around us, beaming at the camera.  She was proud to be our grandmother and a constant presence in our lives. No matter what the occasion, she always made time for us.

This photo has made me realize what an impact she had on me as a grandmother today. Through her daily interactions with our family, she taught me how to be a proud, generous and loving presence in my grandchildren’s lives. And thanks to this photo memory, every time I’m with my grandkids now, I fondly remember my Grandma Bailey.

Do you have old photo albums passed down to you? Those old albums and boxes aren’t just filled with photos; they are filled with values, memories and family stories that made you the person you are today. Bring the memories back to life and share your family stories.

Is Your Phone Full?

March 8, 2017

We all love to capture photos on our phone. As camera technology has improved, phones have become the #1 picture-taking device on Earth resulting in 1.4 trillion digital photos worldwide in 2017. But it’s resulting in more storage than our phones can handle. 

When your phone is full and you can’t take that next precious photo, don’t be frustrated. There are simple steps to clearing out your storage and backing up your photos so you never have this problem again.  

Start with your phone storage. Go to Settings> General> Storage & Usage and select “Manage Storage.” This will list the storage used by each app. You may have old music, messages, mail, shopping and other apps taking up storage space. I found 500 MB in old Wall Street Journal articles alone!

Once you’ve cleared out and deleted old apps, move to your Photos and Videos app. There are probably hundreds of photos and videos you really don’t need and can quickly delete. Next, backup your photos simply by launching Apple Photos or Windows Photos and connecting your phone. Another option is to sync the photos to a cloud service which is free up to 5 GB of space, or you can purchase more space for as little as $.99 per month.

My recommended approach is to do all of the above and then print your most precious moments. Make a habit of scrolling through your phone and marking your favorites. Once you’ve got a 60-120 marked, send them to an online book service and have them printed. You’ll receive a lifetime memory that can be shared with loved ones and preserved for decades.

What to Do About the Shoe Box

February 15, 2016

Do you feel photo guilt when you pass by the shoe boxes and albums full of photos in your basement? “I’ll do it next weekend,” or “I’ll get to it when I slow down.” There just never seems to be enough the time.

Then a big family event arises like a wedding, graduation or family reunion comes up and you’re scrambling at the last minute to do a photo project.

You can avoid this by following these 10 Tips To Organize Your Photos:

  1. Set a date to get started and mark it on your calendar as a two hour appointment
  2. Gather everything together in one visible place like the dining room or sunroom
  3. Have all the supplies needed to label, organize and discard the photos
  4. Organize piles by years, events and people
  5. Have a separate pile for the ‘not so sure’ photos
  6. Scan your keepers, usually less 50% of your photos
  7. Keep backup copies of the scanned images on two hard drives and one computer
  8. Preserve the most precious photos in archival storage sleeves and boxes
  9. Tell your stories in photo books, movies, wall art, and calendars
  10. Enjoy knowing your photos are organized and safely backed up and your shoe box is gone!

Take the first step to end your photo guilt. Do it yourself or use a personal photo organizer like myself to handle the job, big or small. If you’d like more information or have a question I’d love to hear from you.

Scanning Night at a Fine Art Gallery

November 12, 2016

On a snowy evening last December, I held a free scanning event at Artison’s Loft Art Gallery in historic Putneyville NY. While visitors waited to have their family photos scanned they had time to browse the gallery of unique works of fine art. Wine and refreshments were served by my host, Gallerist Nanette Hance.

The snow kept falling but everyone stayed and enjoyed the event, telling stories behind old photos and sharing town history. At the end of the night I brushed the freshly-fallen snow off my car and head home, feeling happy to have helped these lovely people give their memories life.  

Home Decor Showroom Event

Oct 16, 2016

What can be more enjoyable than spending an evening in a home décor showroom full of the latest decorating trends? How about turning your own photos into home décor at the same event?

Last month at a gathering hosted by Webster Interiors, I offered free scanning of family heirloom photos and demonstrated how to turn them into works of art. The locals mingled sipping wine and catching up on neighborhood news while I scanned some very old family photos, restoring them to near-original condition.

There were lots of stories and memories about the photos, and I provided tips on how to transform those heirloom photos into creative home décor.

I showed samples of canvas prints, acrylics, collages fine-art framing that can be done with the restored images. Bring your old or weathered memories back to life.


May 6, 2016

My Mom was born during the Depression. She married my Dad at age 19, and had three babies in diapers by 21. After a short break three more were added, and she spent the majority of her life raising our family.

Throughout my life I observed her closely and always asked for her advice. Her common sense led me, while her patience and fortitude sustained me. I look back on these photos and remember her silent life lessons that led me to be the woman I am today. She always was, and always will be, my role model.

Today Mom is blessed with 17 grandchildren and 29 great grandchildren. A wonderful legacy for a very fine person.

A Weekend of Remembrance

September 16, 2016

In appreciation of our local first responders and healthcare providers, we provide three days of free photo scanning across the 9/11 weekend. 

Each photo was carefully scanned and fixed, bringing old faded photos back to life. The digital images were backed up on USB flash drives and the originals were placed in free archival envelopes.

Over the course of the event we had a steady stream of visitors, and we scanned and restored more than 14,000 print and slide photos!

What made the weekend so enjoyable was the visitor reactions. Everyone was so grateful for the opportunity to preserve their photos.

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