3 Strategies for a Successful Photo Project

3 Strategies for a Successful Photo Project

Spring is a great time to clean out your closets. Who knows what forgotten treasures you will find?

I’ve seen closets filled to the ceiling with boxes of slide carousels. Other closets have had boxes of loose photos, or wall-to-wall photo albums.

It’s true that a dark, climate-controlled location is the best place to store photos – but, really, how often do you go in there to look at and enjoy the photos?

So, what do you do with all those photos and slides?

If you have unlimited time and patience, you could purchase or rent the necessary scanners, and do the job yourself.

If you have unlimited means, you could turn the whole mess over to a Photo Organizer.

If you’re like most people, you’re very busy with a job and family and friends and various other activities. Your time is limited and you have to work within a budget.

Is it possible to hire a Photo Organizer with these restrictions?

Think of your photo or slide collection as a project. Then apply project management principles to get it done.

    1. Prioritize: Is there an occasion for which you would like to have a photo project completed? These occasions could include weddings, special birthdays, or family reunions.
      a. When planning a photo project for a special occasion allow plenty of time for the Photo Organizer to get the work done for you. I would suggest to give the Photo Organizer two weeks for every 3,000 prints, or 500 slides.
    2.  Create subprojects: Sometimes there is no particular occasion, and no particular deadline. But the amount of material is so huge, it’s hard to wrap your head around where to begin.
      a. You can determine a budget and ask the Photo Organizer to only work up to a certain dollar amount, within a certain timeframe. For instance, $500 per month.
      b. You can choose a container and work from that. So, the large boxes or containers would be one project each; several smaller containers could be another project; several boxes of slide carousels could be yet another subproject.
      c. Another option is to work by medium – especially if you have loose photos, photos in albums, and slides. Each of these could be a different subproject.
      d. The last option I can think of is to work by the source of the pictures. Your grandmother’s photos could be one project; photos from your aunt could be another, etc.
      e. Whatever categorization works for you!
    3. Work backwards: Decide what you would like the end product to be, and gather the materials to get that subproject done. For instance, if you would like to create a book for your mom about her childhood, you could gather the childhood pictures from whatever source or medium to create that special book.

I hope you find these tips helpful, and they inspire you to start a photo project so you could get your closets back!

If you need any guidance, please don’t hesitate to contact us at www.PreciousMems.com.

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