FotoBridge has found that their typical family customers can have photo collections of 3,000 photos or more and that its not uncommon for some collections to be more than 10,000 photos. So what do you do after you scan photos? How should you go about organizing?
Regardless of the size of your archive, photo organizing might be a task you avoid because of how daunting it may seem. Last week we shared some tips from Becky Hussey and Kerry Butkovich, certified photo organizers and co-owners of PhotosFinished.
We think you can never have too much advice on how to better your treasured family collection so today we are highlighting a particularly talented member of APPO, Stacy Cochrane.
Stacy is the founder of Managing Memory Lane, LLC and a member of APPO, the Association of Personal Photo Organizers. She specializes in helping her clients tell the stories of their lives, establishing and maintaining photo storage and sharing systems that give her clients the freedom of sharing their photos as they choose while providing secure backup and privacy protection.
“Most of my clients are struggling with guilt and distractions. They want to see their photos, experience, again, the captured events, or create a special gift for a loved one, but they're busy. They're busy, like everyone else is busy: living life, creating memories, building a business, caring for a loved one, raising a family. These things take priority over their photo collections, and that's okay, but in no time, the number of photos and the size of their collections overwhelm them.
3 Tips for Organizing Photos:
Organizing your photos doesn't have to be complicated, but it will take an ongoing commitment of small increments of time.
Digital collections can be sorted using software that permits you to "tag" your photos so when you're looking for them later, you can search by tag and quickly find the image you want.
Printed photos are best sorted by theme making it easier to find specific images years or decades later.
Regardless of your photo format, taking the time to organize them immediately after an event, or at least on a set schedule, e.g., monthly, will reduce the space required to store them (as you purge the blurry and duplicate images along the way) and ensure you're collection is protected and ready for browsing and sharing.
I love helping families tell the stories of their photos. I am honored to talk with family members to compose the story of a photo so they can preserve that moment of someone's life for future generations.
It is obvious, during every conversation with staff at FotoBridge, that providing excellent service is part of the plan. Their blog is another example. It is full of tips and ideas for the preservation of photos and videos as well as ideas for creative gifts, artistic displays, and both traditional and contemporary arrangements of family photos. So even if all your photos and videos are digital, you're going to want to read the FotoBridge blog and connect on Facebook or Twitter to share how you implemented an idea you got from their blog."