Brad Morris, from North Delta’s Photo Expert, shares some amazing holiday gift ideas you can create from your old photos or slides.

Picture this: Your most personal gifts can start with a scan!

Delta photo pros share their top 10 go-to photo gifts

Delta’s Brad Morris recalls a post-Christmas visit from a photo customer who shared the most special experience.

“He had come to us to secretly get his old video tapes transferred to DVD. On Christmas morning, he put them on his HD TV and invited the family to have a seat. He was an avid shooter, so there was a lot of footage, and no one left the room until dinner time – everyone was totally captivated.”

The story is not uncommon for Brad and his Photo Expert team, specialists in transforming your photo or video memories into amazing gifts and keepsakes.

“Last year, we helped another customer make collage prints of each of her children. She brought in a mixture of negatives and prints and we produced a collage of each daughter around the words ‘I Love You.’ The collages told a beautiful story and looked amazing,” Brad says.

Your old slides, negatives and prints have wonderful stories to share

Scanning images for 25 years, there isn’t much Photo Expert’s professional technicians haven’t seen, and what they can create from your originals can be remarkable.

“If it was a good photo in 1966, it will still be a good photo. If it’s a slide and the snow is blue, we can make it white again,” Brad says, noting they accept odd-sized negatives and prints too.

However, some things can’t be fixed: if the image was out of focus and dark then, it will still be out of focus and dark.

Once your images are scanned, they can be emailed, edited, enlarged and made into all sorts of great gifts.

“Old photos aren’t just a record of the past, they’re a window to some of the best times of our lives – a trip down memory lane that often leads to smiles, tears and great conversation among family and friends,” Brad reflects. “These sorts of walks through time can be really powerful and valued now and in the future.”

Top 10 gifts created from scanning old images

Wondering what you might do with those cherished images? Here are some of the most popular ideas!

  1. Framed Prints
  2. Collage prints
  3. Photo books
  4. Calendars
  5. Photo mugs
  6. Christmas cards
  7. Ready-to-hang canvas
  8. Slideshows on your TV
  9. Wallpaper
  10. Playing cards

A treasure trove of family memories

Outside the holiday season, if you have boxes and boxes of photos, slides and prints to scan, the Photo Expert team are still your go-to photo professionals. “Sometimes downsizing doesn’t leave room for all those photo albums, or you want to share family memories with others … we can archive your slides, negatives and prints in an easy-to-use, safe and manageable format you can still enjoy.”

Just think: The most personal gifts can start with a scan!

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For more information about protecting your family photos, film and video, stop by Photo Expert at 7131 120th St. in Delta or photoexpert.com.

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