Don’t wait to interview your parents

It’s easy to put off talking to your parents or other relatives about their lives. But time goes by, and one day, the opportunity will be gone. Some are eager to tell their story. Others are self-conscious about it.  But if you want to preserve your family history,  you must ask. One approach is to […]

Video preservation now includes VHS tape

A diligent historical group in our area has rescued part of our heritage that was in danger of  being lost forever. This group has some aging VHS tape containing video shot in a New Orleans-area school system in the 1930s. It all started with someone shooting video of a movie screen showing the footage of various schools in […]

Old video can bring back memories, but only after conversion

I recently stumbled on an old video of my son’s 5th birthday party  that was left in a Hi-8 camcorder that I stuck in the garage. The video was shot in April 2006. I had never seen it because I got a new camera a few months after Hurricane Katrina. We had a lot on our plates and I didn’t convert […]

Famed clarinetist Pete Fountain’s long-lost photos found in storage unit

New Orleans Jazz legend Pete Fountain got a welcome surprise when a couple who bought the contents of a storage unit found a treasure trove of photos and other memorabilia that was once owned by the musician. As reported by WWL-TV, a Kentwood couple won a bid on a the contents of several storage units, […]

We not only shoot. We edit too.

How much family video do you have in your closet? Is it watchable? Is it on an older format like VHS or VHS-C? Chances are, you can’t watch your old video because your Betamax player died, or that 8 mm projector is long gone. We can help. We can help you convert your video into […]

The secrets of preserving your family’s story

How do you preserve your family’s important photos and documents for future generations?Photos fade. Documents crumble. Fires and floods destroy. Things get left behind during a move. Katy Read, a friend and former colleague who writes for the Star-Tribune, talks to the experts about the best ways to preserve your photos and other documents in […]

What’s in your family photo collection?

My mother in-law has a great family photo collection. This one of New Orleans Police Officer Henry Zeller is one highlight. She comes from a family of painters, and her father was the secretary of the local painters union, which was a force in New Orleans-area politics.  Start preserving your photos and let me help […]

Make photo preservation a fun family priority

I’ve spent too much of my newspaper career at the scenes of fires, floods and other natural disasters. In many of these cases, the occupants lost everything, including precious family photos and video. Families can preserve their photographic histories by scanning their photos into a computer and burning them to CD or DVD. An inexpensive […]