Thursday, April 25, 2019

Solve Your Photo Problems Once and For All

Pretty much everyone I talk to is overwhelmed with their pictures.  It's a crying shame because pictures are SO GOOD FOR YOU.  (Remember my post from January about {the self-care tradition of hygge and how to use your pictures and memories to hygge}?  Pictures have been shown to {actually make us happier AND help us relax.}  In fact, if you read the article in that last link, you can see the studies that show this.  Viewing your photographs has been shown to lift mood and increase relaxation by 22%--which, incidentally, beats out other go-tos for relaxing like chocolate and wine.

So why aren't we seeing and loving our pictures more than we are?  Bad habits is all.  People often just take photos and then send them to the cloud, never to be seen again.  Unfortunately, I think the cloud is quickly becoming the Junk Drawer of photos.

One way I love to help people out of Photo Overwhelm and help them actually ENJOY their photos instead of just dumping them is something I like to call Solve Your Photo Problems Once and For All.  Here's how it works.

The first step actually has two parts: choose a class and choose some friends.  Choose a class you're interested in, such as "How to Catch Up on Your Photos," "How to Stop Being Overwhelmed by Your Photos using Yearbooks," or "How to Transition from Paper Scrapbooking to Digital Scrapbooking." 

And guess what.  If you have an idea for a different spin on those main topics, I can actually create a class specifically for you and what you'd like to learn.  I'm cool like that.  Once you have decided the class you'd like to take, choose a group of friends who would like to learn about it, too.  I always suggest choosing about 20 because about 1/4 respond, and you'd ideally like to have a group of about 4-6.

The class is free!  We can do it online or in person, depending on how you want to go about step 3.  We can chat more about that.

2021 UPDATE:  One high-quality memory-keeping solution we recommend is called Forever, and Forever currently offers a $20 coupon to each person who opens a new account (which is free).  Each person with an account has their own referral link, and anyone who opens their accounts using the referral link gets that $20 coupon and so does the referrer.  What that means is that during your class, your friends can use your referral link and you could get some Forever products or services for free--$80 from 4 friends or $120 from 6 friends.  

After having learned strategies for conquering your mountains of photos (or whatever class you choose) and the highest quality ways to preserve your photos, step 2 is to just spend some quality time with friends working on photos and your individual projects.  I will have given suggestions for high-quality memory-keeping methods during the class, so after the class we'll spend time actually making it happen!  We can start opening accounts, sorting pictures, uploading pictures (for digital methods), etc.  Let me know ahead of time if you'd like to talk about digital methods only at the class or digital and paper memory-keeping methods, too, because that will influence how we spend our work time.

These two steps--taking a free memory-keeping class with friends and getting started actually putting that knowledge to work--give you something WONDERFUL:  a tribe.  Yes, you get tips, directions, strategies, high-quality products, and solutions to make your goals reality.  But you also get a group of people you already know and love working towards the same goal.  Now you can set up regular times (I suggest monthly) to get together as friends so you continue to catch up and stay caught up preserving your photos and memories.  Digital is always my suggestion because it's simpler, and all you need is a laptop and internet.

If you'd really like to Solve Your Photo Problems Once and For All, give me a shout!  {contact me}

This is something just about everybody I know needs, so be sure to share this post via email or social media! 

Looking forward to hearing from you soon so we can start solving your photo problems once and for all.

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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Storing and Transporting Your Photos (with tips on just plain loving them)

Are you planning a move?  Do you know someone who is?  While it can be daunting enough to pack up pans and side tables and board games, it can be downright scary to consider moving the most precious thing you own:  your photos.

Amy from {Needed in the Home} has moved many times!  I consider her somewhat of an expert.  She always has lots of great moving tips on her website.  As it turns out, she considers me somewhat of an expert when it comes to photos, so I was thrilled when she asked me to write a guest post for her blog.  Amy wanted some pointers on moving your photos.  With so many options and opinions out there, photos these days can come in many forms, so my article addresses all of them.  I'm so excited to share it with you--and there are some helpful ideas for storing and loving photos even if you're not moving, too!

2021 UPDATE:  Since writing this original post, I have learned about a secure, private, permanent photo storage option called Forever.  Most cloud photo storage reserves rights to your photos (to use or sell) and has fine print that gives them the right to discontinue their services.  Forever guarantees your private, permanent photo storage for your lifetime + 100 years.  With Forever, you purchase the storage so you OWN it, and there are no maintenance fees.  You can store not only photo files but also video files, audio files, and PDF documents, too.  Click here to learn more about Forever Storage.  

Here is {How to Safely Transport the Most Precious Thing You Own:  Moving with Your Photos}.  You're going to love my very last tip at the end!

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