Tackling a large family photo project

by Sally J.

in * How to ORGANIZE Your Photos, Free Articles / Blog


You can do this.
Seriously, you can.


Here are a few tips to keep you on track:

  1. Your entire collection does not need to survive 200+ years. That means you don’t have to give all of it the Cadillac treatment. Invest only in the shots that mean the most to you. And by invest I mean invest real money in high quality enclosures, and invest time to write the stories behind your photographs.
  2. Lose the dreck. Don’t be afraid to edit. You’re not doing future generations any favors by leaving the editing up to them.
  3. Big projects are scary. Just remember: “Baby steps, baby steps, baby steps.”
  4. Break your project into chunks (see #3) but keep in mind that the smaller the chunks, the longer it will take to complete your project. Rope off a half day every and you’ll see real progress. And real progress is the BEST motivator.
  5. The more fun you have doing it, the more often you will work on your project. Crank your favorite music while you work. Or take advantage of the buddy system and schedule a monthly photo date with a friend who lives in town but who you don’t see often enough. Or host a brunch and call it a photo bee. Whatever works best for you. FIND THE FUN.


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