Odds are you’ve got at least a few hundred (if not a few thousand) photos in boxes, bags, albums, envelopes, frames, files, slide carousels…and that doesn’t even begin to address the thousands of image files you probably have since digital photography really got going about 10 years ago.
Do you have thousands of any other kind of important personal keepsake that you feel responsibility for preserving?
We know that somehow, if the photos are in our possession, we are responsible for caring for them. But we don’t often know what’s necessary to be the best caretakers for our photo memories.
I can help you take your photos from disaster to perfection. Disaster to joy. Disaster to Done.
I’ve worked in world-renown museums where I curated exhibitions, learned best practices to care for photographs, and made the history of photography come alive.
But my desire to preserve photos came long before that.
My grandmother kept all of her precious photos in an closet, just like I tell all my clients to do, but with one big difference. She had them next to her hot water heater. When it exploded one day, our family lost THOUSANDS of family memories, literally in the blink of an eye.
My grandma couldn’t even talk about what had happened for days. She was inconsolable. She threw away the photos without telling anyone. Birthdays? Gone. Holidays? Gone. Roughhousing with siblings? Gone.
In a little under two years, since I’ve started my business, I’ve worked with dozens of families and helped to safeguard nearly 100,000 images!
I know there are more photographs out there than I will ever touch in my lifetime. Which is why I created this course.
I want to teach you what I’ve learned to ensure your photos tell your family’s story for years to come.
- Visualize and work toward an organized, stress- and guilt-free family photo archive
- Remove photos from potentially harmful albums without damaging them
- Source appropriate archival storage for a variety of photo types
- Finally get rid of the piles of unorganized photos
- Finally get rid of the duplicate digital photos on your computer
- Create a regular routine of downloading photos from of your memory cards, phones, and devices
- Create a personalized digital organization system for all of your digital images
- Ask the right questions of a contractor who will be digitizing your precious photos
- Confidently locate any photo in your collection
- Share your family photos in beautiful heirloom products
- Prepare for the changes that ever more sophisticated cameras bring to your photo collection
- Become an active caretaker for your generations of printed and digital photos
- Lifetime access to 8 video instruction modules
- Downloadable slide decks of all trainings
- Checklists and worksheets to help you go through the content
- Self-paced, already-there videos, so you can watch anytime
- Unlimited updates! The field of personal archiving is constantly changing, so I’ll update the course as often as needed to keep up!
If you haven’t noticed yet, I think that getting to work on your photos is URGENT! Disaster to Done is designed to be quickly implemented.
No filler. No unnecessary modules, and no extraneous information to overwhelm you or sabotage your progress.The videos are direct and to the point. You could watch all of them in one evening if you like.
But the work falls to you.
Since this is a self-paced course, you can go as quickly (or as slowly) as you like. The size of each family archive differs, as does the amount of time that you have to devote to the project.
BUT in the videos I help give you strategies to keep your forward momentum! I WANT YOU TO SUCCEED! And I’ve provided proven tactics and techniques to keep you on track so you can meet your goal.
Not only do I make it super simple, but I go step-by-step to make sure you can complete your project with confidence.
Define Your Goals
Get it Together
Getting Started with Your Albums
Organizing Loose Photos
Digitizing Your Prints and Slides
Your Digital Workflow
Planning for Obsolescence
Ways to Share
Whenever I come across an unusual case, I make a video and put it here. The library is always expanding. Currently the library includes demonstrations of how to safely unstick negatives and photos from each other, how to care for 19th century photos and albums, and more.
Private Facebook Group
This is a group of motivated people JUST LIKE YOU who are committed to ensuring they are the best possible caretakers of their family photographs. Past, present, and future.
Honestly, this group is one of the things I’m most excited about. When I’m working on a challenging project, there’s nothing better than being surrounded by people who are doing the same thing!
In the group you will:
- Find kind support from people who know exactly what it’s like to undertake the project you’re committed to
- Tap into the collective knowledge, experience, and insight of people who have successfully completed their project
- Quickly troubleshoot any hang-up in a matter of minutes so you never get stuck
- Share your wins
- Be able to ask me questions about anything that isn’t covered in the course
Sometimes, you’ll have questions that aren’t easily answered in the Forum. I’m here to support you all along the way, so we’ll have 4 Q & A calls for you to ask your burning questions about working in your family archive. Each call will focus on a different topic from the course and will, of course, be recorded for you to watch again and again as needed.
Is Disaster to Done the right fit for you?
I’ll admit Disaster to Done may not be right for everyone. Its instruction is simple, but many of my tutorials assume that my students have a computer. While you can watch Disaster to Done on a tablet or phone, you must have a desktop or laptop for storage of your digital images.
If you find yourself nodding along with any of the following, then you are in a perfect Disaster to Done student and become the archivist and steward of your family photo memories!
- You have both physical printed photos and digital photos that you want to protect.
- You have thought about undertaking a large reorganization of your photos but have felt overwhelmed by the prospects.
- You want to create new photo heirlooms for your family’s enjoyment.
- You are comfortable moving files around on your computer or asking for help if you need it!
- You love the satisfaction and confidence of Doing it Yourself.
- You’re ready to jump in and get to work.
- You welcome the idea of engaging with a passionate community of like-minded photo-preservers
- You’re an action taker.
- You love learning new things!
If you’re on the fence…
I want to give you EVERY opportunity to put the advice in Disaster to Done into action and begin actively caring for and safeguarding your family photo archive.
Disaster to Done is for people who are committed to implementing the advice within the course, and NOT for tire kickers only interested in collecting more information and digital dust on their hard drives.
If you’ve watched the video instruction and you feel that Disaster to Done is not for you, then I’ll fully refund your investment.