A New Home for Picture This Organized

Our New Home – Take a Look Inside and Meet Our Team

Nobel Prize-winning writer George Bernard Shaw once said, “Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”

We’ve seen a number of changes at Picture This Organized since May. We believe each one represents progress, but more importantly, each action benefits our current and future clients.

You may have already noticed our new logo and redesigned website. But that’s not all that’s new.

Earlier this month, we moved our offices from my home into a spacious, corporate building in the Denver Tech Center. This new office suite will help our expanding team meet the needs of our clients.

In this post, I’ll share some details (and some photos!) of our new location, and introduce you to our newest team members. (more…)

Understanding the Basics of Apple Photos

Understanding the Basics of Apple Photos

If you’re a Mac user like me and take pictures with your iPhone, then you probably have some of your photos stored on your computer in the Photos app.

Photos for macOS, or Apple Photos, is the photo library for Mac users. When you upload your photos to Apple Photos, you can view, edit, organize, and share them — all in one place.

When I’m working with my own photos, I prefer using the Apple Photos app over any other photo library system. It’s my favorite app because:

  • Apple Photos is a convenient library system that stores everything in one place.
  • Your photos reside in a closed environment, housed within your own account. No one can mine your photo data containing your personal information to use in marketing and advertising.
  • Apple Photos syncs with all of your devices. You can use it on your phones, tablets, and computers.
  • Photos for macOS is a secure system. You can set up two-factor authentication to control which devices have approval to access your iCloud account.

If you feel like your knowledge of Apple Photos is limited, read on for some tips on understanding what’s inside this powerful app. (more…)

Simple Strategies for Organizing & Maintaining Your Photo Collection

Simple Strategies for Organizing and Maintaining Your Photo Collection

This is Part Three of a series on gathering all your photos into a Digital Photo Hub.
Read Part One (How to Corral Your Digital Photos) here.
Read Part Two (The 3-Step Process for Finding and Eliminating Your Duplicate Photos) here.

We all know that feeling of relief when our house is cleaned and organized, and excess clutter is thrown away. There is freedom in knowing exactly where to find what you’re looking for, and motivation to keep things organized.

Cleaning up a cluttered photo collection provides that same sense of satisfaction. It can feel like a weight is lifted when you remove duplicate and unwanted images.   

Perhaps you already keep all of your digital photos in one central location, or you’ve been organizing photos using the steps from our previous posts in this series. In either case, now is a good time to take another look at your photo collection and name your file folders, set up a backup system, and then learn how to maintain your hub moving forward.  (more…)

From Overwhelmed to Empowered: How One Couple Mastered Two Large Photo Collections

From Overwhelmed to Empowered: How One Couple Mastered Two Large Photo Collections

What does a man do with 10 plastic bins full of family photographs, history and memorabilia? Jim Grange wasn’t sure, but he knew he needed help.

When Jim and his wife Pam moved his dad and mom into an independent living community, they brought home all of his parents’ photos and memorabilia. Jim wanted to organize the photos and create keepsake gifts for his parents and siblings, but didn’t know where to start.

Our team helped Jim and Pam with the step-by-step process of organizing their parents’ photos and videos, as well as their own family photo collection. This is the story of how these determined clients went from overwhelmed to empowered.

A Team Effort To Assess and Strategize a Plan

At first, the Granges couldn’t see past the enormity of their projects. Pam describes their feelings as they faced the stacks of bins in their basement, “We were so overwhelmed at the start and had no clue how to begin to categorize all of the thousands of photos.” (more…)

The 3-Step Process for Finding and Eliminating Your Duplicate Photos

The 3-Step Process for Finding and Eliminating Your Duplicate Photos

This is Part Two of a series on gathering all your photos into a Digital Photo Hub.
Read Part One (How to Corral Your Digital Photos) here.
Read Part Three (Simple Strategies for Organizing and Maintaining Your Photo Collection) here.

Got your photos all gathered into one place? Great! You can breathe a little easier knowing you’re on your way to having any photo available at your fingertips in just a few seconds.

Now it’s time to sift through your photos and find out exactly what you’ve got. This second part of our series provides tips to quickly scan and compare your images in order to remove duplicates.

In this process, you will take a bird’s eye review of your photos, learn how to use duplicate cleaning software, and identify which photos to keep. (more…)

How to Corral Your Photos So You Can Share and Secure Them

This is Part One of a series on gathering all your photos into a Digital Photo Hub.
Read Part Two (The 3-Step Process for Finding and Eliminating Your Duplicate Photos) here.
Read Part Three (Simple Strategies for Organizing and Maintaining Your Photo Collection) here.

If you’ve got photos stored in many different locations, it can feel overwhelming and chaotic.

Most of us have photos stored:

  • On multiple devices (like your phone, tablet, computer, or social media accounts).
  • In “the cloud” (a backup system run on the Internet).
  • In Dropbox or Google Photos.
  • On social media accounts like Facebook and Instagram.

It’s easy to lose track of the images in your collection. You’re not sure what you have, and you’re reluctant to add more photos to online storage sites. Some call this “cloud fatigue.”

There is a system that can help! In the same way we gather our financial information to make it easier to file our taxes, we can consolidate our photos into one place, so we know what we have and keep our images safe. Having our photos gathered in one location also makes it easier to find and share images when we need them. (more…)

Dealing with Difficult Photos

A Photo Organizer’s Best Tips for Dealing with Difficult Photos

Most of us have a few photos in our collection that are difficult to look at.

They could be photos of a former spouse or partner, a friend you’ve drifted away from, or even a house that held painful memories for you.

Photos are a vital part of your life story – your entire life story, even the difficult parts.

Your photos may include faces, spaces, or events you don’t want to view – yet those same images tell your story, at that particular a moment in time. That includes your hairstyle, the size and shape of glasses, your beloved dog, or how you wore your shirt tucked into jeans that sat way, way above your waistline.

But inevitably, you’ll come across photos in a frame, on your computer, or on your phone that are no longer relevant or are just too painful to keep.

What do you do with those pictures? Here are a few crucial guidelines for those times when you’re trying to decide what to do with difficult photos.

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