Archive Your Life


Will your grandchildren know if they’ve inherited your good looks? Will you be able to show them your childhood home?
The answer to these questions is largely dependent on how you store and archive printed and digital images today. After all, we’re not simply talking about pictures and home movies. We’re talking about your childhood, your wedding day, your entire family history … your life.


Archiving is the process of preserving, organizing and protecting your photos, slides, negatives, digital photos, videos & movies.

Computer monitor, tablet and smartphone

1. Peace of mind. Aging photo albums, boxes of prints and home movies are at risk for deterioration, misplacement and destruction in their current state. Archiving also insures against loss due to water damage, fire and other environmental hazards.
2. Pass it on. Share with your children, grandchildren and siblings. They will appreciate being able to look back precious memories and their family history.
3. No family battles. Once your photographs and memorabilia are digitized, each and every family member can have his or her very own photo print or digital copy of the files. This is especially helpful in the case of a death in the family or divorce.
4. No more clutter. Box up the old albums, stacks of prints, slide carousels and movie tapes for good. Storing a digital version of your memories requires far less space in your home.
5. Convenience. Avoid digging through closets, flipping through albums looking for a single photo or spending hours on your computer or other device searching. Storing your images and videos in one place makes them easily searchable and can be quickly located.


Get Creative. After you have digital files of everything you can make gifts, wall décor, books and more!

Learn about LA Cameras photo & video digitizing services

Framing on a Budget


Using a Custom Cut Mat to Frame an Odd Size Print/Artwork

Many of us have purchased or aquired a print or artwork we would love to hang, but it does not fit in a standard pre-cut mat or frame. You look into custom matting and framing and it may end up being out of your budget. So how can you get that artwork you love up on your wall for less? Use a custom cut mat and standard pre-made frame. Get a custom cut mat made to fit your artwork and have the outside cut to a size that fits in a standard, off-the-shelf frame. Then you do the assembly. The example shown below came to a total of $61.85. This is about half the cost of custom framing in some cases. You can even save more by looking for Sales on pre-made frames.




Guidelines to Signing Your Christmas Cards

Photo Christmas Cards

Many names are made plural by simply adding a letter “s”
Examples: The Grinakers, The Lydles, The Bowyers, The Woods, The Melnicks

Names that end in S, SH, X, Z or in a soft “ch” sound,
Examples: The Mullinaxes, The Charleses
Exception: if the “s” is pronounced like a “z”, then NO LETTER IS ADDED.
Example: Gil Hodges family greeting card would just say “The Hodges”

Names that end in Y are not changed to “ies”
Examples: The Lillys (not the Lillies), The Sidleys

When in doubt, just sign the card from the family
Example: The Distafano Family
Quotation marks are not needed around any proper noun, but may be used to clarify nicknames
Example: The Larry “Bud” Melman Family

If you are creating a list of names like From Bob, Sue, Amanda and T.J., you do need a comma after each name until the NEXT TO LAST one. If if is connected by the word “and” or an ampersand (&), it should not have a comma after it.
Examples: Mark, Donna, Jeff and Lyam Harmon orMark, Donna, Jeff & Lyam Harmon

Flowers Photo Contest 2016


Flowers Photo Contest

Winners will be announced on Friday, August 26th by 5pm.

Entry Deadline was July 31st, 2016


1. There is no entry fee except for the cost of the photo print. Entrants must order an 8″x8″, 8″x10″ or 8″x12″ photograph from L.A. Cameras in store or online at and include an entry form click here with each photo entered. If you are ordering online please include in the special instructions “photo contest entry” and entry froms can be emailed to, brought into the store or mailed to: L.A. Cameras, Attn: Photo Contest, 1019 Wayne Ave., Chambersburg PA 17201.

2. Photographs will not be available for viewing after entry. If you want to see your printed photograph please do so before submitting the entry with form. Photographs will not be returned after the contest ends.

3. Limit three entries per customer. A photo may only be entered in one L.A. Cameras photo contest per calendar year.

4. Photos must be taken by person entering them. Prizes will be awarded only to the original photographer.

5. Amateur photographers (those who earn less than 25% of their household income from photography) ages 13 and over are eligible to win. Photographs taken by professionals are not eligible.

6. All photographs must be previously unpublished.

7. Photos that violate or infringe upon someone else’s copyright are not eligible for entry. By entering the contest, entrants grant L.A. Cameras and Snavely’s Garden Corner permission to display, distribute, reproduce, in whole or in part, in any media now existing or subsequently developed for promotional, publicity, and all other standard purposes.

8. L.A. Cameras and the Snavely’s Garden Corner employes and members of their immediate families are not eligible to win prizes.

How Winners Are Selected: Winners will be selected by popular vote using ballots at L.A. Cameras location or online at Wednesday, Aug. 3rd at 5pm to Monday Aug. 22nd at 7pm. Voting is open to the general public and is limited to one vote per person. Top 3 placements and honorable mentions will be awarded based on number of votes. 1st place will receive a $100 Gift Card for L.A. Cameras, 2nd place will receive a $50 Gift Certificate for Snavely’s Garden Corner and 3rd place will receive a $25 Gift Card for L.A. Cameras. Honorable mentions will receive one 8″ x 8″, 8″ x 10″ or 8″ x 12″ ProLustre photograph from L.A. Cameras.

Document Your Summer Travels


Make the memories last – but you’ve got to act quickly!

It’s always fun to look back on your vacation memories but so many of us let them sit on our devices indefinitely or until too much time has passed to care. Ultimately, it’s just difficult for some of us to find the time to do something with the shots.

We recommend acting within a week of your return and deciding what you want to do with the images. If you wait much longer, documenting your trip will get further down on your priority list. What is the end goal for the images? Do you want to print the files, transfer them to another media, share them on social media or create a lasting keepsake?  

If you’re an over-achiever, you could even start the organizing and printing process on your way home using for ordering. Wouldn’t it be nice to arrive home and have prints from your trip already at your door step?

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