Reasons Why You Haven’t Gotten Your Photos Organized:
• You don’t know where all your photos are and thinking about it hurts your head
• Or, their location is known but you feel completely overwhelmed
• Photo organizing is marked as a ‘to-do’ for someday…but it hasn’t been done yet. And as we all know, someday is the day after never
• All the technology and choices around photo organizing confuse you
• No one told you that professional photo organizers like me exist – and can help!
I’ve recently read several interesting articles on photo organizing. Many of the folks interviewed say the same thing as my clients.
• They feel overwhelmed by the state of their current digital collection. This holds for any inherited photos as well.
• They are motivated to start. But they got sidetracked or lost in the weeds.
• They are tech-savvy but can’t find the time (and believe me, it always takes longer than you think).
If you have loose printed photos, use the ABC’s to organize. A = A list of photos, your keepers. Put these in one pile. B = B-roll, these are your alternatives. C = Can, as in trash can. Yes, you can throw out photos! The ones I recommend discarding are any blurry, redundant, or unrecognizable images. If there are people in them you don’t know, ask a family member or relative. They may want them and will be happy to know you have them.
• Scan the A + B photos and back them up. Get an archival, acid-free storage system for your remaining printed photos. You can store them in sections – by date, event, or subject. I recommend Archival Methods for a wide array of museum-quality storage options.
• The digital photo collection requires some hunting and gathering from all your devices. Don’t forget your recently digitized print images!
• Use the same ABC process for digital photos. I find it’s best to choose a consistent naming convention. I go with YY-MM-DD wherever possible. You can then add names, events, and places to the files using keywords/tags.
• I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention video. Do you have old home movies? You can have them digitized and sorted, as well. iMovie is a great place to start. You can add them to current videos and edit them to music. Or simply add them to your collection to share with family (pop some corn for family movie night!).