Photo organization services can be purchased for printed photos, digital photos, memorabilia and other items, and a mix of all, because most of us have a mix of it all, don’t we? Read below for more details on the individual processes. Pricing is at the bottom of the page, as well as a button to contact me to set up a free consultation.
Printed Photo Organization
If you are over a certain age, or have inherited from previous generations, you likely have boxes and bags of printed photos with little or no photo organization in place. You may have tried to organize them by year or by family member, and maybe you were able to keep it up. But you know you are missing some key ideas that would make it all easy to handle.
No matter which level of service you choose (explained below), the outcome achieved will be that all your printed photos will be in one place, in archival-quality storage containers. They will be labeled in such a way that makes sense to you so that you have easy and fast access. Because printed photos, even in archival storage, are subject to the ravages of time as well as catastrophe, I offer a digital backup of the physical collection at a reduced price, once the photos are organized. You will be able to find and share any photo, and know that they are safe and backed up in a secure and searchable online archive.
Digital Photo Organization
You most likely have photos across many devices, and you may even have duplicates and triplicates due to fear of losing even one precious photo. And yet, you don’t spend much time looking at them, and when you do, you can’t always find that one photo you want to find.
Digital photo organization will allow you to find any photo quickly using keywords. Together we’ll build a family taxonomy that makes sense to you so that each photo will be tagged with the right keywords. Your photos will be de-duplicated and optimized. You will determine the delivery format, and a secure and searchable online archive will be created as well.
Digital Photo Organization can be performed remotely, allowing me to serve both local and non-local clients.
Memorabilia and More
It is my recommendation that if memorabilia is not going to be displayed (or even if it is), it is best to take one or more photos of it and store these with your digital photo collection. If you just can’t part with something, I can make recommendations for archival storage containers for memorabilia.
I also recommend scanning (or even photographing) framed photos when there are not other copies of the photo to digitize, such as heritage photos.
Documents such as birth certificates and anything related to geneology can also be scanned and stored with the digital collection.
Digitized slides, movies and other recordings can also be stored in your searchable digital archive.
No matter how your photo memories are stored, those memories are a valuable asset. That’s why pulling out those photos, sorting, organizing and preserving them is crucial. There are 5 parts to the process. They are:
The beginning of any process is to assess the situation and see what’s needed. Most people have a mix of memory media. Once we see the whole picture we can create a plan of action.
Working together we’ll determine the best organizational system and platform for your needs.
We’ll make sure that your photos are protected from any disaster that may happen. This can include scanning of physical photos and slides as well as multiple backups of digital photos.
Once your photos and memories are organized you may want to share them and/or create books and gifts that feature your photos. I can share some different options with you including doing it yourself or purchasing a Keepsake Creation Package.
You’re still taking photos, right? So a maintenance plan to add new photos to the collection is a must! We’ll discuss several different options including doing it yourself or purchasing a maintenance plan.
Levels of Service
Many people have photos all over their homes – in multiple file folders, in photo boxes in the backs of their closets, and hidden in hundreds of different folders on their computers and other devices. It can seem like a herculean task to sort photos, decide on physical and digital storage methods, scan entire photo collections, and sometimes locate photos on older devices. This is especially difficult for those who are incredibly busy, who don’t enjoy such projects, or who have decades of photos stowed away. Plus, the older you are, the more likely it is that you have a lot of photos to organize and digitize, meaning more work. And guess what – your kids don’t want those boxes and bags.
Whatever your photo situation looks like right now, remember that it took years to get to this point. It will take time to get things straightened out – this is not a weekend project. Despite the time needed, you can control the cost of the process by taking on some of the work yourself. You can also control the pace of the work. Expect this to be an investment of time and money, and just know the rewards are worth it in the end.
In order to best serve your needs, I have developed three levels of service:
Do It For You
The most expensive option, best for the busiest people. I do all the work for you. Of course we will need to work together in the beginning to establish the organizational framework for your collection, and to help me identify people and places along the way. In the end you will have an organized collection and the training to maintain it on your own, unless you choose to purchase a maintenance plan.
Do It With You
This option allows me to teach you while working alongside you for a limited number of images (5K printed or 10K digital). In the end you will have everything organized and you’ll know exactly how to continue the process and maintain it on your own.
Teach You to Do It
This is the least expensive option and best suited for Do-It-Your-Selfers with the time to invest. I help you get things set up and I point you in the right direction. Once set up, I help you organize a limited number of images (1K printed or 2K digital). You will then receive a customized overall plan of action to tackle the rest of the organizing of your images on your own.
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. The segments are usually given in packages of time. You chooses the package that best fits your needs to start, and I track my hours as I work. I will be completely transparent as we proceed, and you won’t pay for anything without prior communication and approval. When one package of hours is used up, you can purchase another as best fits your circumstances. In this way you are in complete control of the timeline and budget of the project.
One half of the payment is due to book the time, even if the exact date isn’t set yet, and the remaining half is due upon completion of the time block. Both the client and I sign an agreement about the terms. Click Contact Me, above, and send me a message if you would like to see the agreement first.
My current hourly rate is $55/hour for jobs of 3 hours or less. This is good for small jobs and possibly the Teach Me level of service, depending on the needs of the client.
A package of 4 hours costs $180. This package is good for the Teach Me and Do It With Me levels of service as a half day is a good day’s work. Every 5th package is half price.
A package of 8 hours costs $340. This package is best for larger jobs where I work from my home office. I track my time diligently and am happy to give you an accounting of it. Every 5th package is half price.
New Mexico Gross Receipts Tax of 8.1875% will be added to the price of all services.
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I’m happy to schedule a free, initial consultation with you to discuss your needs. On my contact page you can schedule a free 45 minute call or book a shorter call to arrange for me to come to you. You can also just send me a message and ask a question, if needed. Just click the button below to do either option.