Monday, December 29, 2008

How to Participate in The National Photo Preservation Month

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What Was Your Experience Like?

Thanks to Todd and Kristin's for sharing their extraordinary "A View Into Our Lives" blog and posting the below comprehensive recap from their recent experience.

Friday, December 26, 2008


I finally did it. I dismantled all of my photo frames and old photo albums (which killed me!) and collected all of my photos. Nervously, I packed every single photograph I could find into three boxes. Everything from wallet-sized to 8x10s, they were shipped to Irvine, California, so the fine folks at
Scan My Photos could shoot them all through their high-powered scanner.Less than one week later, the wonderful postman dropped three boxes on our doorstep, full of all of my photos plus three DVDs contained over 5100 scanned images! Yes, I had over 5000 photos!

Now it's time for the really hard work. I have copied every image to my external hard drive, and I am cleaning up each photo and categorizing them. I'm also adding in all of my digital photo files. I will then burn images to CD or DVD and give them to family and friends. For Christmas, I gave family members an empty jewel case with a poem inside telling them what would be coming . . . eventually!I

hope everyone enjoys the photos as much as I am. I'm absolutely thrilled with the work done by Scan My Photos, and I am enjoying seeing all of these photographs from the past. Best of all, I know my photos are safe now. That's truly the best part.

Photo Scanning Reviews: Customer Feedback on

Read some external reviews of our service
Apple Doesn’t Fall Far From the Tree 2 Blog
Wall Street Journal Blog
Popular Photography Blog
Judy's book
Katie the Scrapbook Lady
The Scrapbook Hub
NOLA Entertainment
Bob's Rants

Here is a fantastic opportunity to digitally preserve your photo memories before they fade away. is currently providing a free DVD scan of 1000 4X6 photo prints to members of several social networking sites. You only pay for shipping. I just got my DVD and can say without reservation that I'm thrilled with the outcome. The photos are very sharp even when enlarged full screen. The average size of each JPEG is 1.47 MB. I carefully packed 999 prints (yea I know, I don't know how to count up to 1000) on a Friday and they were returned along with a DVD one week later. Total cost: $16 for shipping the box of prints with USPS Ground from NJ to CA and $19.95 credit card payment to for return S&H by USPS priority mail. The quality of the scans greatly exceeded my expectations and the super-fast speed of processing is remarkable. The DVD is rated Archival Preservation Quality. Adding a date to the photos and organizing them afterwards is a breeze with a software such as Adobe Photoshop Elements and very rewarding. Apparently the company is no longer including a NestlĂ©’s Crunch bar in the package, it sure would have added to my enjoyment. I saw this promotion by in
Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter. The company has recently extended the offer until June 30, 2008. I highly recommend this fantastic service. This review is also posted on my Facebook page.
Free Myspace / Blogger / Facebook / Flickr scanning form – pay just $19.95 S&H]
Thank you, Kormákur H.,East Orange, NJ

Great job. Will tell many, many people about the service.
Thanks, much, Scott F., Austin, TX.

Thank you so much for this great service. The pictures came out great. I am telling everybody that they should do this as soon as they can. You never know what can happen, fire ,flood, natural disaster, etc . To know that your life's memories can be stored safely in such a little space is wonderful . Also could not believe how quick the turnaround was. Literally round trip across the country in 5 days.
Thank you again! Mary H., Wakefield, RI

I was looking for bulk scanner to purchase, found this {] service to be cheaper and faster.
Samer A., Valparaiso IN

Thank you, [The] service was efficient and professional. Everything was done to my satisfaction.I shall return with my next order.
Ros B., Orange County, CA

Thank you for the follow-up email and for the excellent service. It's very refreshing to find a company that still puts an emphasis on their customers and the experience that they have.
I was extremely pleased with my order, both in the quality of the job done and in the (what has to be a record) time that it took for the entire process. Because of your service, I have been able to share the more than 800 photos that were scanned with my friends and family via the internet. Photos that haven't seen the light of day in years are now being enjoyed by people that I haven't seen in a long time and being used as a contact point for us to reconnect. While this was not my initial goal, I merely wanted the photos preserved, it is an extremely welcome side effect!
In the week since my order has been completed, I have recommended your service to no less than five of my friends and family. If their experience is anything like mine, I know that they will be elated.
Again, thank you for a job well done!
Sincerely, Jon L., Hollywood, FL

You guys did a great job. Fast service and excellent quality. I have already recommend you to several friends.
Michael W., Oak Brook, IL

Thank you for your fine, fast efficient service. You saved me hours of work by scanning a batch of memories I would have surely lost if not scanned. The service was great and the scans are beautiful.
Thanks again. L. Fagen, Temecula, CA

We just got our first box back today (my mom’s)…. And we LOVE It! Thanks so much. The quality is impeccable! I’m motivated to go pull the photos for my box now…
Thanks! M. Nguyen, San Diego, CA

Much to my surprise and delight, I received my disk and scanned photos back today! They are all fabulous and wonderful. Also an unbroken large Nestle's Crunch bar. Is that some sore of edible damage sensor? If so, VERY clever!! The scans are excellent and exceeded my expectations. I have posted my assessment on my

Facebook page
Many thanks, M. Ross, Silicone Valley, CA

Got my first order back from you the other day and am enormously satisfied with the results. Have and will spread the word regarding your excellent service to friends, neighbors and relatives. Again, appreciate your service. A new and satisfied customer.
B. Ronan, Austin, TX

Last Saturday we sent a full box of photos to you. This afternoon [Thursday] we were sorting those photos from DVD to folders on our hard drive. What excellent service. We just ordered our second [prepaid] box. We are very happy and will recommend you to our friends. If anyone wants a recommendation for your service you may certainly use our name!
Eric and Sally Benson, Coats, NC

Below is my review, which I also gave orally at my geneallgy class today: Family Tree magazine had recently sent out an e-mail about a promotion by by which one could send in up to 1,000 4x6 prints for scanning just for the $20 cost of return shipping. I got this note only a few days before the Feb 29 deadline, however, and my wife and I didn't have time to plunge into our huge stash of prints to put together a box of photos we'd like scanned. But I did have four rolls of prints from my family-history trip through Alabama a few years ago that I did want to use on a genealogy website. And since it would be at least 6 months (i.e. post-remodling) before we're likely to get a home scanner, I decided to package them up and try it. I still had the negatives, so there was little to lose even if it was a diaster and the high-speed scanner chewed up my photos. I mailed the photos Thursday afternoon, got an e-mail Saturday night from the Irvine, Calif., company that my order had been processed, and on my porch this afternoon (Monday) were my prints. I couldn't be happier with the results. All the 93 prints were in fine shape, and the scans on the disk were as sharp as the photos and about 1.5-2 MBytes each, not a 30kb thumbnail that I feared they might be. Absolutely fabulous. They even posted them on they're own Flickr-like site ... to make it easy to buy prints, cards and other projects, to be sure, but also easier for others to see, too. On top of that, there was a large Nestle's Crunch bar (unbroken) in the package, too. (Perhaps that is a cheap, but delightful, damage detector?) In short, I could not be happier with the ScanMyPhotos service. Normally, the 1,000-print scan costs something like $100 dollars -- and for that they do handle a variety of photo sizes. (But they do have very specific packaging and photo-ordering instructions on their website that must be followed for you to get the exepcted scans.) Two thumbs up ... WAY up for and that Family Tree Magazine promotion.
Many thanks, M. Ross

I was one of the women who attended the Moms Group fundraiser event [at 30 Minute Photos Etc. and which raised nearly $1000.00, see link for info on how we can host an event for your non-profit group].
Just wanted to let you know that I was very impressed with the service that I was able to utilize (I had nearly 900 photos scanned onto dvd). You guys saved me hours & hours of scanning them myself at home. The other services & products that I read about on your website, or saw at your center, are also very impressive and I look forward to coming back and trying more of them.
As for the fundraiser itself -- it was awesome!!! What a practical and enjoyable way for our group to raise money. Thank you for the wonderful wine, food, and other refreshments. Your entire staff was incredibly patient, helpful, friendly, and quite cheerful considering we probably kept some of them there past closing time. That kind of atmosphere and service is really what sets you apart from other places. I'm pretty sure our group will be coming back for another fundraiser. [Click here for more info on our

fundraising program]
Thank you again! A new loyal customer, Ruby Delfin

I just received my DVD and photos back. I was amazed at how quickly they arrived, especially during the holiday time period and shipping to Sydney. Thank you for your excellent service! It all looks great. What a fabulous time saver. (via our International FedEx Priority service)
Joe T. Surry Hills, NSW, Australia

I wanted to say thank you for preserving all of our old pictures and putting them on a dvd. I am loading them all onto an Ipod for my wife for Christmas. This process was going to cost into the thousand dollar range with other providers and you did a better job for much much less! I can't wait to see her face when she sees 20 years of pictures all captured digitally!! The turnaround time was amazing - I can't beleive you got the pictures shipped out the same day.
Thanks again, E. Raucci, Crystal Lake, IL

Received the three (3) new CD's, with our 500 slide digital images today..... They turned out GREAT and they work in our computer fine..... We want to thank you for the great service and the extra effort that you have given to our order....... We will have another order for you to process as soon as we have time to go through our remaining slides......THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU........
G. Hensel, Strasburg, Ohio

I received today my photos, the books and the dvds. I think you and your people do amazing work. I am so pleased...and relieved to have these photos put into more usable formats I mailed off box 3 today. And I have started work on box 4. (counting the first one which wasn't one of the prepaids.) Thanks for personally keeping up with things.
Janet Yee, Minneapolis, MN

I just wanted you to know how very pleased I am with my photo scans. The quality is wonderful! I am so pleased with the customer service I received from 30 Minute Photos Etc. The communication was wonderful and my order was completed in record time! Thank you so much for providing a wonderful service!
D. Clancy, Whitman, MA

A Big Thank You to You and all at 30 Minute Photos. We had such a wonderful experience doing business with you. We began this project sometime ago. We covered a span of 30 years plus of photos, remembering the events, organizing them, recalling the dates and people. That process turned these pictures into a valuable family treasure. Our 22,000 photos would have taken me years to scan. In just a few short hours, you made the time consuming part go away and have allowed the creative story telling to begin. I just finished going thru the scans and they turned out great. Our experience with you and your crew was so professional and personal, you treated us just like family. We again thank you for taking excellent care of our photos and of us. We were able to combine a day at Disneyland with our trip to see you. You helped make our trip a lot of fun and very memorable. We will be highly recommending you to family and friends. P.S. In The Wall Street Journal, that you enclosed, I believe we increased your biggest order now to 22,000. GREAT JOB !!!
Sincerely, Cindy Jenkins and Diane Vayer

Thanks for your prompt service on our scan order. The results were fantastic!
Regards, Jim Hayes, Fallbrook CA

Pardon my bad manners for not acknowledging receipt of the wonderful photo album and enhanced disk. I really appreciate it. I am gathering more photos to send to you and I've told everyone about your great service. You have no idea how happy I am to have found your company. Scanning my photos has been on my to-do list for years. Now I can rest easy knowing that if the house burned down and I lost all my photo albums, I have a disk of all the photos in the safe deposit box. Thanks again! Joyce H., Redwood City, CA

Thank you so much! I will be ordering with you again - very shortly - this service is terrific!
Pam K., Basking Ridge, NJ

I do think that you did a great job on our pictures and everything came back in the order that I sent them. I will share the DVD's with our children and grandchildren.
Sandy Jordan

This will be my fifth and last box of pictures. I am so very pleased with the way you have treated my pictures and I love the CDs. I come from a big family and have passed on your services so they can use them too. Iowa, Illinois and Wash D.C. ... They too will use your company. Thanks again and I’m looking at many slides, so I’ll see you again I know.
Catherine Martinez, Tucson, AZ

I have received the package and in record time! I am really pleased with all the photos… the quality is excellent and … I think it was well worth it…. I was a bit apprehensive about sending off all my old photos (perhaps never to be seen again) but you guys got them back to me before I really even had a chance to worry about them. I just wish I had not been in such a hurry and that I had more time to pull together more photos to send off. Thanks very much and I especially appreciated that there was a real person on the other end who replied to my e-mails and made me comfortable doing business with your company. I have already told my friends and it wouldn’t surprise me if you got a few more orders from Arctic Canada.
Take care, Debbi, NT, Canada

I am sooooo glad I sent all those pictures away to ( I got by pictures back yesterday and I am really, really impressed. And the pictures turned out great.
The Phillips Family

I'm so excited to have more than 1300 "new" photos to digi scrap with! I would wholeheartedly recommend this service! And a note to my Mom... You NEED to do this because then I will have thousands more photos to play with!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady
That was so fast. It is unbelievable to me that my pictures were in Texas yesterday afternoon and you have them done already. I will certainly spread the word to all I know…you all are AWESOME! Thank you also for taking the special time to send me this email update. Your promptness means a lot.
L. McElduff, Katy, TX

I received the pictures back and they look fantastic. I especially appreciate the photo book and will get online to check out the pictures. I was very impressed with your service and how you sent it back - and a Starbucks card - now that was a nice surprise. I'll definitely use ScanMyPhotos again and will tell friends. Thanks so much and congrats on expanding internationally - that's fantastic!
Kathy R., Atlanta, GA

I had the pleasant experience of using recently. About 2,500 of my photos quickly came back digitized – a wonderful service! Thank you again for your fine services.
G. Jenkin, Carrollton, TX

Thanks for scanning my pictures, and I also wanted to say congratulations for the pioneering of your product... The process could not have been any easier.
P. Castro, Orange County, CA

I have used your scanning services twice since reading about it in The Wall Street Journal. I must say that the first time was a bit unnerving. I mean shipping off decades of photos is like sending a kid to camp. But to my delight the process was turned around in a couple of days and I now face the arduous task of organizing all these digitized photos. I have recommended your service to many friends and I am in the process of going for one more box. Great work and a great idea.
V. Arcaro, Toluca Lake, CA

Greetings from West Michigan. Thank you for getting back to me so fast. Can't believe how efficient your company is. I'm organizing the pictures and will send back today or tomorrow. Had tons of pictures but some of them were junk so I got rid of part of it. But I'll still fill up a box. I also have a bunch of slides, maybe 500 to 800. I want to do the same thing with those. What is the procedure for that?
Sincerely, M. Heyns

Reply: Mike – Great to hear from you and we always enjoy all feedback. To have us scan 35mm mounted slides, please click on this link for complete pricing and ordering instructions. This link includes the

Slide Scanning Order Form which should be printed and included with your order. Please note that slide scanning is separate from photo scanning and request placing a separate order.

[] What a great job you guys do! I filled my box with over 2000 (!) photos, and many of the electronic versions of the photos look as good as the ones that I take on my digital camera! I've still got at least 1500 more old photos, and I'm putting in my next order today. What a great service!
A. Jacobs, New York, NY

Photos and CD arrived in great shape. You did a wonderful job.
Many thanks, E. Johnson, Midland, TX

Letter written to

As a subscriber to the WSJ your recent article on companies that provide mail order photo scanning prompted a visit to our attic where many old family pictures have been hibernating for years. After tossing out more than 2000 images I sent a manageable 1800 photos off to in their prepaid box. It took only one week to turn around the process and have a disc in my hand for viewing. The scanned images look great on our TV -- except they reminded us when our hair was darker and our suit size was a perfect 40 ... the price of age and retirement! Thanks for the article that provided the incentive to do something about our old photos. Keep up the good journalism!
Kind regards, Jonathan Stolz

The DVDs and thumbnail album are fabulous. Thanks for your good work, and for the incredible speed with which you turned it around. We are thrilled to have been able to pick things up before heading home to VA.
Rory & Linda Walck, Virginia

I just received my photos and I am absolutely delighted with them. It is truly a joy to be able to look back over these memories without having to sort through boxes of old photos. Thank you for the prompt and excellent service. I will definitely be referring all my friends and family!
Warmly, J. Caffray, Charlotte, NC

Thank you so much! You have saved me hours of time. I have told everyone I know about your service and will absolutely refer them to you! I have more photos that will need to be completed but needed these quickly. Thank you so much and I cannot wait to see the finished product.
M. Bigane, Chicago, IL

I just wanted to tell you what a wonderful customer experience I had in your store this weekend. The pictures turned out great and I have told a bunch of my friends and colleagues who had no idea that it was possible to digitize so many pictures so fast. I suspect you are going to get quite a few people to come through your door from my referral. Thanks again... it's so nice to finally patronize a business where service really matters.
Cheers, Eric Olander, Orange County, CA

I am so glad I came across your information in

Popular Photography Magazine. I was going to undertake doing this myself but once I realized how many photos I had I would have never been able to do it. I was so pleased with the prior order that I just sent another 4 shoeboxes (in one large box).
S. Nison, East Brunswick, NJ

Thanks for converting those family photos from my grandmother yesterday. The pictures turned out great. Mitch and his company did a great job in converting my old family photos that I inherited from my grandmother into digital images! My parents and family loved them. Now, we'll be able to share these photos amongst all of the grandchildren.
L. Huffman, Orange County, CA

I first learned about [] from Popular Photography & Imaging Magazine, August, 2006 issue. My dilemma was that I had 7000 photos prints scattered in multiple albums. This collection spanned some 20 years. The thought of scanning all these to my computer was not at all palatable. After reading this article, I said to my wife this is too good to be true for the price quoted. I called and spoke to Mr. Mitch Goldstone at 30 Minute Photo. I liked what he had to say. I then purchased seven photo boxes, and chronologically sorted these in quantities of 1000 per box. I ultimately sent three orders to 30 Minute Photo e.g.; 3000, 2000, 2000. For each order I enclosed written instructions e.g. Box #1,scan front of box to rear of box, etc. As soon as 30 Minute Photo received my order, I received an e mail stating that my order had been received. About two hours later, I received another e mail stating that my order of 3000 photos had been scanned and they were on there way back to me. What I received was my photos that were sent back in the same box, and same chronological order that I sent. In addition to this, I received CD’s with 500 Jpeg files per disc. I have subsequently uploaded these to my computer, and have renamed files, and make backup copies. I have viewed these on my computer, and television as a slide show. The quality of the scan is excellent. Mitch states that they are scanned at least 300dpi. I am impressed with the quality of the scan, as well as the service provided by 30 Minute Photo. I would highly recommend this service that was provided. My wife has a plethora of photos that at some point in time will be scanned.
Charlie, Tucson, AZ

I got home today, after one of those days that seem to happen more frequently these days, and went to check the mailbox. What did I find but the photos that I ordered for printing on Saturday! Today is Monday! I couldn't believe it. I was sure that you had sent me someone else's photos by mistake. But alas, they are mine. I can't get over the speedy delivery. Thank you. I will definitely be using your services again and putting in a plug with all my friends.
Thanks again, Derrick & Sarah Houston, Denton County, TX

I not only was surprised that the photos arrived there so quickly, but was even more surprised by how quickly you got them into your processing queue and proceeded with the order. I also appreciate the communication about progress. Your service for prints of multiple sizes seemed like an incredible bargain and I'm looking forward to seeing the results and being able to manipulate those electronic files.
Many thanks, Michael, Long Beach, CA

I think that this type of photo scanning you offer [] should be a home run - since there are billions if not trillions of 35mm prints out there that should be digitized
D. Pelletier , Chicago, IL

There are a lot of companies who will not deliver to APO's [military addresses overseas]. So when we find someone who is willing to it means a lot. We look forward to seeing our wedding pictures. Thank you so much!
Angela and Seth Swartz, (APO) American Post Office, Allied Forces Europe.

I am remiss in not thanking you sooner. The photos, especially for my sister, Cathy, were enormously satisfying and upbeat. They made our family occasion very special and her reward was a wonderful one. You always go above and beyond, and I will certainly continue to recommend everyone come your way. This is an excellent and important service for all of us with photos in our shoeboxes that need to see the light of day.
Many thanks again, Bob Witeck, Washington D.C.

Just wanted to thank you for the great package of photos you gave to me and my fiancee. She just showed them to me, and we love them!! It's going for a beautiful video montage of photos for our wedding . You guys did such a great job. Joelle told me she really enjoyed talking to you the other day; thank you for the nice words you had to say about me. Thank you the $5 Starbuck's gift card; now I see what you were saying in our interview about those nice little perks to stick in customers' orders -- they really do make a customer feel good. Most of all, this photo scanning order we did with you truly brings home , on a personal level, what you were saying about providing memories: It's really true about how priceless photos are for a family. For example, my soon-to-be mother-in-law just had those photos sitting around for 40 years and no one was ever going to see them; now that we have had them scanned, it will be the greatest gift of joy for both of our families.
Regards, Paul Sterman

I recently placed an online order and had the photos in my hot little hand the very next day! Excellent!! The quality was as great as Tara Whitney promised me they would be. You can expect more orders from me soon! I will spread the word about your services! Thank you!!!!!
Karen C., Anaheim Hills, CA

Thanks so much for doing this! I have yet to find any other business (with the exception of In-N-Out Burger) that equals your great customer service. This is a huge help to me and I'm sure the prints will result in a couple of great Christmas gifts! Thanks again!
Happy Holidays, Nick

Thank you for the excellent quality and speedy delivery of my printed photos. I also received thirty “Season Greetings” photo cards of the group photo of my military co-workers at no charge. I will defiantly refer my family and friends to you for all of their digital photo printing needs.
SrA Kelly Karl, 188th Fighter Wing, Fort Smith, AR
Hi! even though it's 90 degrees here in NY, I'm thinking about our Christmas cards! We've had your company do our cards for the last two years, and we have been very pleased with your service and with the quality of the cards.
Thank you! - Susan Taylor, NY, NY

I love love love your site. You always do such an exceptional job with my pictures and I love the quality and the service I get from you guys. I will forever be a customer and refer everyone I can!! You guys are amazing!!!
Thanks so much, Candace Leonard

All the Staff at 30Minute Photos, I want to thank everyone for the excellent service I've gotten the last few times I sent files via the web for development. I send my files on a Tuesday and by Friday the photos are in my mailbox (and I live in Pennsylvania). I wanted to extend my thanks in writing because so often in todays environment these things are left unsaid. I will continue to do business with this awesome company and have passed on this website to all my friends and family.
THANK YOU! Regards, Debi Batz

I just wanted to tell you how impressed I am with 30 min. photo. The turn around time was incredible and when I opened up the box yesterday and saw the quality of the photos I was so impressed. It's hard to find good customer service these days, and you guys are great. On two different occasions I made a mistake and upload the wrong photo and one with low resolution, and you were quick to give me advice so I didn't waste my money. You are doing the right thing, because I'm going to use your service for all my wedding photos and albums (I plan to make a few for family). I've also told my friends at IBM and family. Keep up the good work!!! Honest caring customer service goes A LONG WAY!!!! TRUST ME! :)
Thanks again, Rachel Z.

Dear folks at 30 Minute Photos: Just wanted to share with you some news... I submitted two photographs processed by you to this year's New York State Fair photography competition. One of my entries earned an "Honorable Mention" in its class, and the other earned... get ready... FIRST PLACE! Actually, you folks have processed quite a few of my images, including the two I entered to last year's NY State Fair... both of which earned "honorable mentions." Thanks for doing a great job with your digital processing, and for having such reasonable prices, too!!

Flavia Huber, owner/photographer/artist

Many thanks to you all for such a fast shipment and high quality photos! Many thanks too for giving us all a military discount. We certainly appreciate the positive support from folks like you! It was a true pleasure to do business with you and I hope for many years to come too!
Sincerely, Bryan Smith

30 Minute Photos Etc. is EXCELLENT. Their work is great, they are VERY fast (i usually have my prints in about 3 days...& i live on the east coast. i think they are in California). their customer service can't be beat. i had a damaged order. they reprinted the ENTIRE questions asked & i had it also within 3 days.
Sam Cousins

I used your services for the first time, last week, when I uploaded my Mother's doctoral degree graduation pictures. I had the pictures delivered directly to her so I was a bit apprehensive about what they would look like (quality, etc.). When my Mom received the pictures she was THRILLED at the quality and size of the pictures. And I was thrilled at the speed in which she received them. Well, a day later I received your "thank you for your order card" with the picture I'd uploaded for you develop on it and was just in awe at how good that looked. So, just yesterday, I decided that I would upload my sister's business card to have it printed by Instead of "business cards" I thought it would be great to have "business pictures" printed. As I mentioned I placed my order yesterday and received the photos today! I was in awe, not only of the speed of getting them, but they are absolutely fabulous! I really think they are going to be a great part in the success of my sister's new business! I just wanted to let you know that 30MINPHOTOS.COM ROCKS! I can't ever seeing myself printing out another picture, and definitely not having my digitals developed anywhere else. YOU CAN COUNT ON A CUSTOMER FOR LIFE IN ME and I will refer all my friends to you, for sure! I'll have another order in July after the birth of my new baby! These are going to be the most gorgeous birth announcements ever developed! One last thing, on behalf of my husband who is a US Naval Officer and all the other military spouses and families, thank you, sincerely, for the military discount! It means a great deal! Thank you, so much!
Very sincerely, Cecelia A. Yopp

The service we receive from your company is great! We have been extremely happy with everything you have done for us! I have told many people about your services!
Jan Homeyer

I was *blown away* by the turnaround time to delivery on my last order!!!!
Lisa Valentine

Nice to do business with you. Very effective. Very responsive. I hope you don't mind, but I sent your last email about FedEx to friends at the ocbizjournal, and suggested they write you up, at any rate, if it comes to pass, great, eh?
Larry Thomas

As usual, fantastic service! Extremely quick turnaround, super high quality and excellent selection of photo card backgrounds.
Eric Akiyoshi

I got the photos today, they look great, thank you very much. You have a gold mind with this company. Thanks again, I plan on using you again soon. I personally am a huge photography freak and ever since I got my digital and had my children, I take pictures all the time. Usually I print them myself, but I was very impressed with [your] quality.
Veronica Welch

From a professional photographer customer:
"I just thought I'd share this comment that I received from a 'soccer mom'. 'Okay, I love 30 Minute Photos Etc. I just got everything printed out and I could zoom in, center again, etc...I just bought a digital camera and am going to experiment with the kids' Christmas picture tonight. Thanks, Sheila.' I shoot the home soccer games for her son's HS team and Sheila needed a place to not only get her prints, but she need a little hand holding, since she is new to digital photography. It's nice that your customer service make me look good :-)"
Paul R.

Thank you! You probably don't remember, but I tried to use your lab when I first went digital and kept having problems with the I ventured out to other labs, and unhappy with their quality, I tried you guys again. and I am so glad I did. I haven't had any problems at all and your customer service cant be beat, that is for sure. (starbucks giftcard?? hello!). I am a designer for an online scrapbooking website, (the number one scrapbooking site on the web) and women are constantly asking me about my photos and where I get them developed. so be prepared for an onslaught of orders next time someone asks me. I will definitely point them to you."
Tara Whitney

30 Minute Photos is the best! In addition to outstanding customer service and product of the highest caliber, 30 Minute Photos supports the community and so many wonderful causes. 30 Minute Photos has shown time and again that it stands behind the goal of the American Cancer Society to make the disease a thing of the past.
LaVon Kibodeaux, American Cancer Society, Orange County, CA.

I have been ordering from your website. It's a breeze to use, prints on higher quality paper, and delivers more quickly than the other service I was using. Great job. I just received two orders in the mail with a photo CD (which wasn't ordered) and a candy bar (which I devoured with my lunch). I don't know who was responsible for the bonus items, but I wanted to thank you
Dave B.

My sister in Newport Beach was using your online service and turned me onto it even though I'm in Chicago. Very, very good service guys.
Harland T., Chicago, IL

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Sunday, December 28, 2008

How to Participate in National Photo Preservation Month

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Did you know there are more than 3.5 trillion analog photographic pictures - representing generations of families’ historical "Kodak moments" that have not been seen in years and are clamoring to be digitized?

Created by® to help call attention to and preserve all those shoeboxes of treasured photo snapshots, the National Photo Preservation Month [NPPM] begins on January 1, 2009. Its goal is to draw awareness to and showcase the obligation of protecting those special photo memories before they fade away.

The month of January was selected to coincide with the
International Consumer Electronics Show® in Las Vegas. This is the world’s largest consumer trade show, where new consumer products are introduced and often the seed for innovations that surround digital imaging.

Kodak digital imaging technology, it is possible to affordably and quickly digitize all those snapshots," explained Mitch Goldstone, founder of NPPM and president and CEO of, an international ecommerce photo imaging service that was founded in 1990 by its parent company, 30 Minute Photos Etc, based in Irvine, California.

Goldstone said "the demand to digitize pictures is mandated by the span of time which leads many older photos to fade away or become misplaced. The month-long NPPM campaign will also help connect entire families with their past, as they revisit, share and create new ways to preserve and have fun with their snapshots."

Why was the National Photo Preservation Month created?

The idea was sparked from
National Geographic Traveler magazine’s® Jan/Feb 2009 front cover headline, "Preserving Your Travel Photos" which featured a lengthy article by Scott S. Stuckey on how to make your travel photos truly timeless. Traveler’s senior photo editor, Daniel Westergren explained that "the short answer is to scan your old pictures." This advice guided to help promote making all your photo memories timeless through the establishment of NPPM to draw attention to preserving photos.

How to get involved with National Photo Preservation Month

  1. Collect all your old photos. Get your entire family and circle of friends involved as a treasure hunt to track down those Polaroid snapshots, shoeboxes of pictures and photos stacked away in draws and on closet shelves.

  2. Use your favorite social networking website, from MySpace, Twitter, FaceBook, Blogger and others to ask your relatives and friends to find those old school pictures, vacation shots, wedding and other special occasion photo memories.

  3. Share your stories. Write to local newspapers and blog about your experience as you revisit those special photo memories. Once your photos are digitized, tag each one with descriptive messages and narratives. Write a story about who was in the picture and note something special about the person, scene or event so future generations can keep those memories alive.

  4. Keep the momentum going. According to reports by customers, the average household has about 5,000 photo snapshots. Once the pictures are pooled together, get it scanned. There are a variety of photo scanning services available, from independent photo imaging retail labs to high-volume, bulk scanning services like

  5. 5) Share your story and ask the experts for help to preserve your photos. As part of NPPM, the website is extending is free Live Support Help Desk to assist with instant answers to questions on how to preserve and digitize your photos. Profiles recounting how people are preserving their photos will be posted at "Tales from the World of Photo Scanning" [] and gathered to share with tech, consumer and lifestyle reporters.

    More info and media inquiries, contact: Mitch Goldstone,, Goldstone (at), 949-474-7654

Friday, December 26, 2008

What About the Service at

While we try to add many of the customer testimonials and feedback from their experiences on our website's "Customer Stories" pages, here is another recent blogger who wrote about their family photo project that you may enjoy.

Tony Guerrero, who writes The Blog In My Eye, added these comments about on his blog. Thanks, Tony!

"For Christmas this year, my gift to my family started as a little weekend project back in October. It turned into a 3-month ordeal, with about an $800 price tag. But worth it. I gathered every old photo from both sides of my family, dating from roughly the 1890s to the 1990s, and had them all scanned. I also found hundreds of undeveloped slides and negatives, mostly from the 1940s-50s-60s and unseen for decades (some never seen!) and had them developed and scanned. And three unseen 8mm films of my family from around 1971. In total, the final discs hold 9,440 photos, spanning both sides of my family over the last century.

I learned so much about my family going through these. For example, my uncles on my mom's side hosted their own radio show in Hollywood in the 1940s, and featured guests like 40s bombshell Jayne Mansfield (that's the first picture above, my Uncle Otto on the left) - how could I have not known that?!? And my great-uncle on my dad's side was a candidate for President of Mexico, but was assassinated by the sitting president?!? (I have pictures of my uncle, but the newspaper above shows my grandmother at the funeral, far left.)

So, now, if the house ever burns down, we don't need to grab the photo albums because they are all preserved on multiple copies, and my family will have them to pass on forever!

(By the way - while I scanned about 1,500 photos myself, the bulk of them were done by They are in Irvine, [California] but also do it through the mail at the crazy low price of $49 per 1,000 photos!)"

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Friday, December 19, 2008

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Review of Leading Photo Scanning Service: Customer Experience

Read more photo scanning customer experiences at this link.

Here is a sample order for 1,022 pictures which was sent from Connecticut on December 16th and arrived at the headquarters in Irvine, Calif the next day, on Wednesday, Dec 17th.

The customer added our Extreme Backup service and the entire order (photos and new DVD data disc) was mailed back the same day. The charges were $49.95 for scanning, $4.95 for Extreme Backup and $19.95 for return USPS Priority Mail return S&H; the total charge was $74.85 (U.S.). Click here for more ordering information. This was not a prepaid box, but one that the customer sent to us.

Because has several USPS drops each day directly to the loading docks at a main post office, this order was expedited super-fast. The customer actually received the completed order earlier today - two days later, on the east coast and here is feedback from their experience.
Awesome, Awesome, Awesome,

The service was so extremely fast, the communication from was great. I'm very happy to have found your service and will absolutely tell people about it. Not to mention the price is very very reasonable. Lastly, the free M&M's was a really nice unexpected touch.

Thanks again so much, happy holidays!

Wes J. - Norwalk, CT

Kodak Zi6 Video Camera a PC Mag Daily Gift Idea

PC Magazine featured the KODAK Zi6 Pocket Video Camera in its Daily Gift Idea series. The write-up said, "The video quality of the Zi6 blows the competition out of the water. Plus, unlike the other models, it shoots still images."

Read more here.

New Kodak Gallery iPhone application features browsing, uploading, sharing capabilities

Eastman Kodak Co., Rochester, N.Y., recently released the first version of its Kodak Gallery iPhone application focusing on browsing, uploading, and sharing, reports the Kodak PluggedIn blog. Browsing allows users to view all Gallery albums, over either Wi-Fi or AT&T's Edge/3G networks, select an album, and browse photo thumbnails. With browsing, users select a thumbnail and see a larger image, then tap on that image and trigger an automated slide show.

Uploading gives users the ability to select any photo from the iPhone Photos app and deposit it into the Kodak Gallery album of their choice. Users can take advantage of the sharing functionality using the contacts stored in their iPhone by selecting the person to share with, then selecting the album to share. The contact will be sent an email from the Kodak Gallery pointing them to the album.

The settings app allows users to configure the account to access and change the tagline for the files to upload. It also enables the shake feature -- from a browse album view, shaking the iPhone will make a sound and pull up a random photo from that album, says the blog. Kodak is encouraging customer feedback on the new iPhone app. Users can respond directly at the recently updated iTunes App Store.

[source: PMA]

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

What People Are Saying About

I got my [] order last Friday as usual everything was in order and the disc contained all my photo’s. Thank you so much for shipping my order FedEx so I could track it’s progress back to me it was a great personal touch. Again I love the quality of your work and your service!

Thank you so much. You absolutely have the best business. The concept and value it provides is amazing then you back it up with AMAZING customer service. You absolutely gave me 200% I have already had a great experience with your company you just made it incredible.

Thank you for understanding my panic and taking care of everything. I know you will have great success – I talk to my friends about your service all the time and I know others do to (that’s how I heard about it!!)

Please include any and all of my comments I wish I could put into writing how reliable and secure anyone’s precious photos are when they are in sent to your company.
[O]nce they arrive at ScanMyPhoto’s you have no worries!! ScanMyPhotos scans them and keeps them on file for 30 days. The original photos and the professionally scanned disc arrives in a few days. Secure & Safe!! I’ve sent in 5 boxes successfully and couldn’t be more happy.

Again Thanks a million. It’s been wonderful doing business with you!!

Gina C. - La Visa Nebraska

Discounts and Free Stuff for the Holidays

Because we all want (and need) to save money, here is a menu of specials, free delivery items and super-smart savings from and our entire category of photo imaging gifts, products and services. Click here.

Have a question, reach us around the clock, 24-7 on our free Live Support help desk.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

New Ways To Share Your Photo Memories

Visit and the newly enhanced online photo ordering to instantly design photo greeting cards, 5x7" folded cards, photo albums, pictures and more.


My projects aways saved and backed up
This exciting new feature is the ultimate safety net for you. "My Projects" is a new tab that lets you create any specialty photo product order. Your new "project" is also automatically created. These projects remain available on the "My Projects" page until you place an order. Then, the order automatically moves to your shopping cart or you can choose to delete the project. This added convenience is a safe haven when you are working on a photo book, but can't finish it right now, or if you accidentally exit the browser, or your PC crashes. It's not a problem. Just log back into your account and resume your photo book by going to the "My Projects" page. Your project contains a virtual second-by-second snap-shot of all your specialty products' work in process. When you return, your project will be just as you left it . No need to save your projects - we do that instantly and in real time for you.

Easy photo sharing
Sharing is automatic and a smart way to keep people in touch with you and your photo memories. Now, it is super easy. Instantly share your photos and projects with friends and family. You can create a calendar or poster of this season's soccer team and share it with other parents. Share your family photo book with your relatives and with any other member or non-member. Anyone viewing your projects can modify the photo projects that they see. They can move a photo from their son's first bicycle ride from November to January and leave other photos alone. Only their project will reflect that change and then they can instantly order custom photo calendars and other photo products directly from the photo lab service with same business day fulfillment.

How to design your own photo album
Say you took hundreds of photos during your recent cruise. But, you are "design challenged" and are unsure how to share and print your pictures. You can share your photos with a friend or best yet, a teenage relative who is tech-savvy. They can view your photos and instantly design the custom photo album that you order at It's that easy and fast. But, whenever you encounter any challenges, use the 24/7 Live Support help desk to instantly solve any questions. If you have an upcoming 50th wedding anniversary in your family and had us scan thousands of special photo memories, share them with your distribution list. Each recipient can view and organize the photos in chronological order and create custom themed photo albums using the same template on each page. Or, you can change the font, style and design and make this a family-wide project. Everyone can help design and edit the photo book, even if they are located thousand of miles apart.

More unique photo gift ideas
Make photo posters, collage enlargements, Kodak-quality reprints, photo calendars, folded photo cards, bordered prints and photo books. Order the finished products at and share samples with your family and friends. fulfills all your orders with instant, same business day service.

Folded photo greeting cards
See all the new 5x7" folded greeting card choices at We have generic and year-round themed portrait and landscape template designs and beautiful ideas on how to create the most memorable card ever! And, it is less costly and more personal then buying store bought cards.

Learn more, click here Earns PMA Qualified Digital Processing Center Approval Earns the Photo Marketing Association International's Qualified Digital Processing Center (QDPC) Approval.
"As the pioneer of super-fast and affordable photo scanning with customers around the world, earning this QDPC distinction from the world's most prominent international photo imaging association is significant," said Mitch Goldstone, president and CEO of and 30 Minute Photos Etc. Goldston'es company has been an active member of PMA since 1990 and regularly addresses the annual Las Vegas conference and satellite photo imaging industry events around the world.
The approval means that has met the criteria for providing customers with quality prints from digital files. They have invested in the necessary equipment and demonstrated to PMA their ability to print digital photos on site and online. Learn more. This recognition assures customers that they can get real Kodak prints from their digital media online at at he Irvine, Calif. retail headquarters.
Visit for more info.

"Everyday photos are gifts that capture a lifetime of memories" (via The Anniston Star)

From an article by Brett Buckner, staff writer at the Alabama Anniston Star newspaper, comes a very comprehensive article about the importance and emotional value of sharing family photographs. The deepening national economic chasm is causing many to reduce their holiday purchases, but pictures are too important to overlook for "capturing a lifetime of memories." Click here to read more.


I was just sick of always guessing," says the perky 72-year-old grandmother. "I wanted to give a present that actually meant something, not one that would get unwrapped and then forgotten with everything else."

To find her inspiration, Ross needed only to go home. With a new grandbaby born in October, she pulled out the countless pictures her daughter, who lives in Thomasville, Ga., sent her. She dumped out on the coffee table and started rummaging around for her favorite shots.

Ross spent the next few days whittling down her collection to a few dozen. Staring at those pictures, a plan was born. She would create a scrapbook that captured every
moment of baby Jacob's life— from birth to his first bath — and that would be her daughter's gift.

And with the economy in its ever-deepening downturn, more and more people are seeking affordable gift options such as family photos.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Retail & Online Digital Photo Lab: Custom prints, photo greeting cards: "Make Something Kodak"

The All New Photo Experience: Just for you, and 30 Minute Photos Etc redesigned its online photo and photo gift service. Ready in minutes at our Orange County, California retail photo center headquarters and mailed back the same business day. Read more

Friday, December 12, 2008

Kodak ProLab Resource Center Directory: Membership

Kodak Pro labs have imaging experts to handle the most demanding professional work your images deserve. From color correction and enhancement, to resolving “problem areas” of your photo, to offering personalized guidance, the Pro Labs ensure the highest KODAK quality output. Click here to find a local Kodak ProLab, including and 30 Minute Photos Etc.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

National Geographic Traveler: "Make your travel photos truly timeless"

National Geographic Traveler magazine's Jan/Feb 2009 issue profiles tips to "make your travel photos truly timeless," written by senior editor Scott S. Stuckey. Click here to view the entire article.


Preserving Photos: Learn how to protect your digital images, prints, and slides so they will survive over time.

Make Scans. Next, make digital scans of all or part of your collection. This will, in effect, halt further degradation of the images. "Digital pictures can remain as perfect a thousand years from now as they are today," says author and photographer Lester Lefkowitz, who teaches courses at the International Center of Photography in New York City.

Easiest, of course, is to have someone else do the scanning., for example, will scan your slides, negatives, and prints for prices starting at under a quarter each. You get back your original pictures along with a DVD holding the scans. Other companies with similar services are,, and

Or scan the images yourself. You can buy a dedicated film scanner that handles negatives and slides or a flatbed scanner that handles prints as well. Prices start at under $200.

"If you have the negative of a picture—and a good quality scanner—scan the negative, not the print," advises Lefkowitz. "The negative will give you a sharper result." If your scanner is of lower quality, scan the print.

More scanning tips from Lefkowitz and other imaging experts:

• For prints, set the resolution of the scan, expressed as dots per inch
(dpi), to 300, if you'll be making same-size prints of the original picture. For
enlargements, set the resolution to 600 dpi.

• For 35mm slides or negatives, scan at 2,000 dpi or higher.

• Before scanning, blow or brush dust off the film or print. "The less you
touch it directly, the better," Lefkowitz says.• Save the scan as a jpeg image
set to the highest quality setting (with least compression). Don't correct the
color, sharpness, or other attributes of the picture while scanning. Make a copy
of the scan to edit, then archive the original scan.

• Even if the photo is black and white, set the scanner to color. This will
result in a scan that you can decide to tint later if you wish.

Transfer LPs, 45s and Audio Cassettes to CD & MP3

Here is a tip that you are sure to hear about with great frequency. Transfer all your old cassettes and vinyl records to CD and MP3 with Reclaim Media. They are a smart solution for converting analog audio products to digital files. Like, Reclaim Media is operated by a group of young-minded entrepreneurs who are passionate about protecting your memories. Use the above printable cpoupon to save 10% off your next order at Reclaim Media. Click here to watch a walk-through video describing how the Reclaim Media service works. According to Reclaim Media,
CDs from tapes and records will import into iTunes just like you'd expect.

Here is a parcial listing of other related services that Reclaim Media recommends:
For 78-RPM records, we recommend Precision Audio Restoration: (206) 387-5662.
For all kinds of videotape, we recommend
HD Media Services: (877) 827-3238.
For reels-to-reel's, we recommend (800) 617-8273.
For microcassettes, we also recommend (800) 617-8273.
For DAT's and minicassettes, we recommend
GT Recording: (206) 783-6911.
For 8-tracks, we recommend
Cups and Strings: (310) 453-1615.
For photo prints, we recommend
Scan My (949) 474-7654.
For ripping CDs and DVDs for your iPod or media server, we recommend

Digital: (888) 237-2673.

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