What I Do
I’m Fancy Ruff-Wagner, a Personal Photo Organizer and the founder of Fancy’s Photo Solutions. I help busy people who have photos and other memories in boxes and bags and scattered across their devices. Today we snap as many photos every two minutes as all of mankind did in the 1800’s, so the problem is not getting any better. My clients find peace of mind knowing that their precious memories are organized so that they can find any photo in minutes, that they are protected from future loss and for future generations, and that they are easily shareable with family and friends. My services are customized, and I work with people both locally and through the internet.
When working with printed or digital photos, or even other media, sorting is always the first step. Part of that process is culling and choosing the best, and the other part is creating a personalized, searchable taxonomy. Once the organization is complete, you can find any photo or memory you seek in minutes or even seconds. I will also teach you to maintain the organization. Or I can create a maintenance program for you to add future photos to the collection on a quarterly basis.
The next step is safeguarding those precious memories and all the work that has gone into sorting and organizing. Digitizing printed photos and scrapbooks and creating redundant backups makes the best use of technology even for those who wish to keep their printed photos. I apply the same process to digital archives and digitized media, as well. Then I give you access to all the backed up files and/or I can manage it on an ongoing basis.
Once we organize and protect your memories, you will want to savor them. You took those photos for a reason, right? It was a collection of moments that you intended to savor and share, not lose track of. I work with a variety of vendors and I will make suggestions and recommendations based on your needs for displays, photo books, gifts and more. I can also create keepsakes and/or slideshows for you if desired.
For more information about the process, you can download the free e-book, The Insider’s Guide to Photo Organizing.
Levels of Photo Organizer Help
Whether you want me to Do It For You, Do It With You, or Teach You To Do It, I can help get your precious memories sorted, organized, safe and protected so that you can savor and share them with others in your circle of family and friends. Each job is customized to you and your needs.
How Did I Get Here?
In the early 1990’s, when I took a break from my career in education to raise my daughter, I was introduced to scrapbooking. This was a godsend to me at that time because I had an entire dresser filled with photos still in the envelopes from the store. I found a way to sort and savor my photos, and the stories behind them were written down for future generations. One month later my mother unexpectedly passed away and my father showed me a closet filled with at least 10 paper grocery sacks filled with photos. I had to dig through them to create a photo tribute to my mother, and, unfortunately, almost none of them had any writing on the back to guide me. I knew I was beholding my legacy…. And sure enough, 20 years later as I cleaned out my father’s home (he never remarried), I came across all those grocery sacks exactly as I had left them. I also had my father’s devices full of digital photos to deal with.
From Scrapbooking Coach to Personal Photo Organizer
I’ve been a teacher all my life, and in 2002 I became a rep for that scrapbooking company and spent the next 12 years teaching others how to sort and savor their printed photos. As digital cameras and smart phones became popular I adapted and taught digital organization and digital scrapbooking along with the traditional methods. Over the years more than one customer asked me to do it for them, and in 2014 I finally decided that I could. The result is Fancy’s Photo Solutions, a company that is not beholden to any particular brand or product. I meet my clients’ needs in the ways that are best for them rather than focusing on my sales totals or earning a trip.
After I joined The Association of Personal Photo Organizers (APPO) I started taking classes in best practices, the importance of metadata, and organizing on different operating systems, among others. Over the years I became certified in film conversion and in various software programs and worked hard to extend my knowledge to become the best Personal Photo Organizer I could so that I could deliver the best personalized service to each and every one of my clients.
Why I Do This Work
I believe that our family photos are important. They connect us and strengthen relationships. Research shows that they build self esteem in children, which is very important to me given my background in education. And yet, most people don’t have control over their photos and memories. For some this is bothersome and they are actively seeking solutions – they may even have tried out several of them. For others the burden is overwhelming and they don’t know that there are answers out there. Furthermore, they avoid the problem altogether. The latest advances in technology offers us solutions to the problem of photo overwhelm, and I delight in offering my clients services that improve their lives and give them peace of mind.
What It’s Like to Work with a Photo Organizer
As a Photo Organizer, I do a lot of different types of work for clients. I’ve organized digital and printed photos, created keepsakes and slide shows from them, digitized photos, slides, documents, movies, and other media. I can do the work for you, I can do it alongside you, or I can teach you to do it yourself. Sometimes I handle the maintenance of a collection, and sometimes the clients take it over after I teach them how. It is all custom and centered around each client’s needs. Here is where you can learn more about my different services.
Because every job is custom, I cannot easily quote an entire project. In my proposal I will break it into segments of time and money. You will have complete control over how fast we move through the segments.
My clients tell me that it’s easy to ask me questions. Furthermore, they say I don’t make them feel dumb for not understanding how computers and programs work. I want to educate and empower my clients. I am good at using analogies and stories to illustrate difficult concepts to grasp. Most of my clients feel comfortable taking on the management on their own once we have completed the project.
An Invitation to Contact Me
Are you looking to get some help with your photos and memories? I’m happy to schedule a free, initial consultation with you to discuss your needs. A Personal Photo Organizer may be the answer!