Do you have boxes of old family photos stored in a closet or old photo albums gathering dust on a shelf? These precious memories capture special moments from the past but can also be vulnerable to damage and deterioration over time. That’s why preserving your old photos is vital to share them with future generations and keep the memories alive.

At Cove’s Photography, we specialise in scanning and digitising old photos, negatives, and slides and restoring and retouching images to help preserve them for years. In this blog post, we’ll discuss the importance of maintaining your old photos and provide some tips on how to do it properly.

Preserving Old Photos: Why It’s Important

Old photos are not only a visual reminder of the past, but they also hold important family stories and history. When we preserve our old photos, we’re keeping the physical images and the memories and stories accompanying them. Old photos can connect us to our past and give us a better understanding of our family history.

Unfortunately, old photos are also vulnerable to damage over time. Environmental factors such as heat, humidity, and light exposure can cause the photos’ fading, yellowing, and deterioration. Physical damage, such as tears, scratches, and water damage, can occur if the images aren’t properly stored or handled.

How to Preserve Old Photos:

  1. Store them properly – Proper storage is one of the most critical steps in preserving old photos. Store them in acid-free, archival-quality materials such as acid-free boxes or albums. Avoid using PVC or magnetic albums, as they can damage the images over time. Keep them away from direct sunlight, heat sources, and damp areas to prevent damage.
  2. Digitise them – Digitising old photos is a great way to preserve and make them accessible to future generations. Scanning your old photos using a high-quality scanner or taking pictures of them using a digital camera is an excellent way to create digital copies. Store the digital copies in multiple locations, such as on a hard drive, cloud storage, or a USB drive. Cove’s Photography offers professional scanning and digitisation services to help preserve your old photos at the highest quality possible. I can handle all types of photos, negatives, and slides, ensuring that your precious memories are digitised with the utmost care and attention to detail. Digitising your old photos helps preserve them for the future and makes them more accessible and shareable. Digital copies can be easily shared with family members and friends, and you can even create digital albums and slideshows to showcase your favourite memories.
  3. Handle them with care – When handling old photos, it’s important to be gentle and use clean hands to prevent transferring oils or dirt onto the images. Use cotton gloves when handling delicate prints to avoid damaging them.
  4. Restore damaged photos – If your old photos have already suffered damage, don’t despair. Professional photo restoration can help bring them back to life. At Cove’s Photography, we specialise in photo restoration and retouching services to help repair old photos and remove scratches, tears, and other damage.
  5. Share them with loved ones – Preserving your old photos isn’t just about keeping them safe – it’s also about sharing them with loved ones. Old images can help connect us to our past and provide a glimpse into the lives of our ancestors. Sharing these photos with family members and friends can help keep the memories alive and ensure they’re not forgotten.


In conclusion, preserving old photos is crucial to keeping family history and memories alive for future generations. At Cove’s Photography, we’re passionate about helping people maintain their old photos through digitisation and restoration services. Contact us today to learn more about our services and how we can help preserve your precious memories.