Photo Organizing Webinar

Digital SnapShot

Do your digital photos look like this? Are they filed on your computer in a variety of folders? Is it a challenge to quickly find your favorite photos?

How about making 2015 the year to getting your photos organized! And, how about some photo organizing tips from Cathi Nelson, the founder of the Association of Personal Photo Organizers?

Cathi Nelson is teaming up with award winning professional photographer, Nick Kelsh and Forever, a permanent cloud storage solution, to share the key steps to take to get your photos organized. Once your photos are organized on your computer, however, you need to take it to the next level to ensure they are safe from computer crashes, fires, flood, and natural disasters that can destroy irreplaceable family memories. This is where Forever comes in.

Forever is a unique solution where your content is permanent if you are a paying member, you own your own personal subdomain – for example, and as technology changes they are setup to make sure you can always access your photos, regardless of format.

If this has intrigued you be sure to sign up for the FREE webinar. It is offered this evening, January 26th and during the day on January 28th. Choose the session that is convenient for you and register now.

I will be attending on the 28th. As a service to all of my photo organizing clients, I am dedicated to always learning and discovering the best solutions to manage your photo collections. If you listen to the webinar please come back and share your feedback in the comments below.

Sharing Photos

Family PhotoAfter nine months of planning the week finally arrived to celebrate my parent’s 50th wedding anniversary.  All 12 of us arrived in Sunriver, Oregon on Saturday and we celebrated their anniversary on Sunday.  The dinner, slideshow, and presents were all a hit and a complete surprise to my parents.  Additional fun was had playing pickleball, tennis, hiking, swimming, bike riding, family dinners and playing games.

Amid all this fun there were photos taken on two point and shoots and six different smart phones.  If you find yourself in the same situation here are a couple steps to help with managing your photos after a special event:

  1. Set up a dropbox account.  Dropbox is a file/photo/music/document sharing tool. Here is a nice tutorial to introduce you to its offering It also gives you 2GB of free space.
  2. Invite all the members of your party to use dropbox. Dropbox supports dual platform which means PC & MAC users alike can use it.
  3. Create a folder in dropbox specifically for your occasion and share it with your group.
  4. Have everyone upload their photos to the dropbox folder

There are a couple things to keep in mind during this process.  The first is file size.  If you want to use dropbox as a free service you need to consider how many photos have been taken and the size of the file.  The bigger the file size the faster you will reach your 2GB of free space.  The other thing to consider is how you will manage the photos once they are all in dropbox.  I will share ideas on that process next week.  At this point you have all your photos in one place, everyone can see them, and they are saved in a secure place.  With three days still left on this week long celebration I am off to enjoy some family fun on the tennis courts!

Window Screens

This is not a traditional shoebox stories post but I wanted to share in the spirit of children and chores.  Yesterday I told my 14 year old son to clean the windows.  I told him exactly which windows to clean, was specific with details, and told him when it needed to be done.  Here is what happened:

  • He started the task 20 minutes prior to needing to leave for baseball practice
  • He punched all six window screens out of the windows on the third floor
  • He then proceeded to ask where we keep the Windex, where are the rags, and why does he have to do this?
  • And…will I help him

What got done: three windows got sort of cleaned.  All window screens are either in the front yard or on the back deck – clearly the highlight of the job, and we ended up leaving late for baseball practice.

What did I do:  at 7:00am this morning I cleaned the windows.  No, my son is not getting away with his ability to procrastinate, his new chore is going to be cleaning out the garage – and there is no baseball practice today!

What did I learn:  window screens are super dirty.  It had nothing to do with being left on the ground all night and everything to do with not having my windows cleaned in seven years!  Yikes – that is embarrassing!

Forget the windows though – and instead keep in mind the story that resulted from this simple photo.  There is a story to every photo we take the time to capture – do not forget to tell that story.  If you came across this photo in your photo library in 6 months you would probably delete it – but knowing the story around it results in a completely different action.

Have a great day and remember to snap away!

Photo Storage

My brother and I are five and four in this professional photo that was taken 40+ years ago.  I love our smiles and the joy that radiates throughout the photo.  I am not sure what the photographer might have said to get us to look this way, or if my mom bribed us – but whatever it was the outcome was genius.  I think it would be fun to try this with my kids, but at 12 & 14 I am not sure it is joy that I would see – instead I imagine looks of sarcasm and annoyance!  Regardless, I might give it a shot!

The quality and condition of this photo is perfect and according to B & W photos (properly stored) will last 100+ years.   I usually write about the photo in my shoebox stories, but today I want to share the importance of proper photo storage.  Here are five tips to keep in mind:

  1. Store your photos at controlled temperature – cooler is more ideal, but the key thing to remember is consistency of temperature – basements, attics, garages are all places not to store your photos or slides.
  2. Pull your photos out of the old albums that have glues, papers and plastics that contain acids and other substances that are harmful to photographs. Any of the “peel and stick” or “magnetic” pages and sleeves fall into this destructive category.
  3. Store all your printed photos in acid free boxes to protect the photo and ensure that it retains it original color and condition.
  4. Scan your photos so that you have a digital backup in case of theft, fire or flood.
  5. Store a copy of your scanned photos in a safety deposit box or use on-line cloud storage.

Enjoy and share your photos – get your kids involved – and make a summer family project to get your printed photos and slides into a safe storage location.  Your kids will love looking at your dated hairstyles and funky outfits, and you will have an opportunity to share stories and create new memories as you work to preserve your old ones!


"People are taking pictures at a record pace, but many are discovering they lack the time to sort, organize and print these images. The need for the services of a personal photo organizer has evolved as consumers seek out effective solutions for preserving and enjoying their precious memories." - The Association of Personal Photo Orangizers