Cathi Nelson, Personal Photo Organizer – West Hartford, CT – www.personal-photo-organizer.com
1) What is a PPO?
We call ourselves Personal Photo Organizers because the personal is key. This is a new industry that did not exist until recently. Two and a half years ago I started to realize that people were becoming lost and overwhelmed by the changing technology. Almost overnight we went from film cameras to digital and the ability to snap hundreds of photos in an instant. While the desire to take photos hasn’t changed the ability to manage them has. I have started a network of PPO’s to address this growing need.
We can help people with all of their photo needs whether digital or traditional. We offer services such as scanning, computer training, album making etc.
2) How long have you been a personal photo organizer?
I have been helping people with their photos for over 15 years.
3) What inspired you to become a PPO?
I believe that as human beings we connect with one another through stories. Today the most common way we tell stories is through our photos but we quickly become overwhelmed with the sheer number of photos we take. I love to help people sort and organize their photos and then help them tell a story using just a few of the photos they have taken. I find this work very meaningful and inspiring. Whether I am helping a new mom share photos of her baby, a couple getting married or seniors downsizing, everyone has photos and a story to tell.
4) What is the most common organizing project you’re hired to do?
Most people hire me initially to help them sort through the boxes and boxes of photos they have collected over the years.
5) What is the most common organizing challenge people have?
Realizing that they can throw photos away and that they do not need to sort them in chronological order.
6) If you had to pick ‘your’ biggest organizing challenge, what would it be?
It can be very emotional for people to look at photos since they bring up lots of memories. Thus it is not something you can hurry through. I find it helps if I just sit and listen and then help them throw the photos away.
7) What one tip would you give to people who are trying to get organized?
Do not worry about putting photos in order by time but rather use themes. Such as Days at the Beach and include all your photos over the years at the beach. It doesn’t matter is someone is 5, 10 or 15 in a photo at the beach.
8) How can potential clients get in touch with you?
Call or email and I will happily discuss in detail how I can help them get started. I also train new organizers on how to help people with their photos.