This course is for anyone overwhelmed with a lifetime of printed photos, memorabilia, home movies, and outdated media.

Are you buried in a lifetime of printed photos, slides, negatives, home movies, and memorabilia?

Do you wish you had the time or expertise to tackle this daunting problem once and for all?

Then this course is for you! 

This course takes you step-by-step through the process of organizing your family photo collection.

You’ll learn techniques and strategies developed by professional photo organizers and we’ll introduce you to tools designed to simplify the process.

Learning Objectives:

  • How to create a family timeline, take inventory and plan the project

  • Proven methods for sorting, organizing and curating your best photos

  • Best practices for archiving and storing your photos and memorabilia

  • How to prepare your photos, slides, and negatives for scanning

  • How to protect and back up your scanned prints and digitized media

  • Creative ways to share your organized collection

After you’ve completed the course, you will feel a huge sense of relief, knowing that all your precious family photos are organized, backed up, and safe to access for generations to come.

Printed Photo Organizing Made Easy includes:

  • 6 Lessons: Each lesson includes a step-by step walkthrough of exactly what you need to do to organize your photos. This includes video instruction, as well as transcripts.

  • Resource Guide: This valuable resource gives you product recommendations to help you organize your photos as well as services that will be helpful on your photo journey.

  • Super Savings: In this course, you will get some discounts and coupons you can use to help you when you’re looking to invest in other tools to help you organize your photos.

  • Private Facebook Group: This will be a terrific place for you to connect and interact with like-minded people as you’re all on the journey to organize your photos.

  • Bonus Section: Along with your lessons, there are other proven organizing resources you will have access to. For example: printable (or digitally editable) checklists, photo guides, spreadsheets and forms you might need.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome

    • Welcome

  • 2

    Lesson 1: Introduction

  • 3

    Lesson 2: Build the Foundation

    • 2.0 Create Structure

    • 2.1 Identify Your Goal

    • 2.2 Hunt And Gather

    • 2.3 Take An Inventory

    • 2.4 Divide And Conquer

    • 2.5 Create A Timeline

    • TRANSCRIPT

  • 4

    Lesson 3: Printed Photo Organizing

    • 3.0 Supplies For Organizing

    • 3.1 Solutions From The Experts

    • 3.2 The ABCs

    • 3.3 Breaking The Rules

    • 3.4 Memorabilia & Family Artifacts

    • 3.5 The Flow

    • TRANSCRIPT

  • 5

    Lesson 4: Scan & Digitize

    • 4.1 The Benefits Of Scanning

    • 4.2 Understanding Terms

    • 4.3 Choosing A Scanner

    • 4.4 A Word About Copyright

    • 4.5 Ready, Set, Scan!

    • 4.6 Memorabilia & Bulky Items

    • 4.7 Digitize Home Movies

    • TRANSCRIPT

  • 6

    Lesson 5: Archive & Store

    • 5.0 Protecting Your Physical Collection

    • 5.1 Why Back Up?

    • 5.2 The 3-2-1 Backup Strategy

    • 5.3 Cloud Backup And Cloud Sync

    • 5.4 Your Long Term Plan

    • TRANSCRIPT

  • 7

    Lesson 6: Celebrate & Share

    • 6.0 Introduction

    • 6.1 Photobook Ideas

    • 6.2 Video Slideshows & Montages

    • 6.3 Wall Displays, Digital Frames & Gifts

    • 6.4 Online Galleries

    • TRANSCRIPT

  • 8

    Bonus Section

    • Printable: Goal Worksheet

    • Printable: Preparation Checklist

    • Printable: Analog Inventory

    • Spreadsheet: Inventory Source Files

    • Printable: Cheat Sheet

    • Printable: Project Breakdown

    • Printable: Family Timeline

    • Printable: Individual Timeline

    • Video:The ABCs of Photo Organizing

    • Video: An inside look at a Photo Organizer's Chaos

    • Download: Amazing Album Ideas

    • Resource Guide: Product Recommendations

    • Super Savings: Discounts Codes & Special Offers

    • Download: Rare Format Slide Guide

    • Download: Standard & Rare Video Formats

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q: If I need help or have a question what should I do?
    One of the many benefits of investing in this course is you will have access to our Facebook community. We have thousands of like-minded folks like yourself who can help you answer questions, give you resources and connections.

  • Q: I am curious about becoming a professional photo organizer, can you tell more and will this course help?
    A Professional Photo Manager is someone who works one on one with folks to help them save, organize and access all their family photos. This is a growing opportunity to start your own business, with our help! It’s very meaningful work, helping people save and share their stories through their photos. This course is definitely a good first place to start to learn the skills, get some confidence, and see what it takes to get your own photo’s organized. If you want to discover more about our Photo Manager’s program - CLICK HERE.

Meet Your Instructor

Cathi Nelson

Cathi Nelson, best selling author of Photo Organizing Made Easy; Going from Overwhelmed to Overjoyed, and founder of The Photo Managers, a membership organization dedicated to helping thousands of entrepreneurs from around the globe build successful photo & video organizing businesses.

Course Reviews

5 star rating

This course is a must-have in your photo organizing toolkit!

Anne Blanton

If you have a closet full of photos and you don’t know where to start to get them organized, this course is for you! As someone who is easily overwhelmed, ...

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If you have a closet full of photos and you don’t know where to start to get them organized, this course is for you! As someone who is easily overwhelmed, Cathi and Lisa did a masterful job of alleviating my anxiety by breaking down a huge project into bite sized pieces that everyone can follow. There are checklists, worksheets and even family timelines that can help get you organized in no time. The bonus and resource sections give you product recommendations and discounts that you can use. This is a course you’ll refer back to again and again. Don’t try to tackle your photos without it!

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5 star rating

Printed Photo Organizing Made Easy

Judy Brusby

Not only did I enjoy this training, I learned so much about the fundamentals of protecting and organizing my printed photos. The presenters are engaging, and...

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Not only did I enjoy this training, I learned so much about the fundamentals of protecting and organizing my printed photos. The presenters are engaging, and the sequence of modules well organized. In this age of wildfires/natural disasters and the terrible risk of loss of precious possessions, I found learning the steps to protect and save our images (and stories) really impactful. This course also nudged me to take some more risks and “think out of the box” with my photo projects. Printed Photo Organizing Made Easy is well worth the investment of time and cost. Thanks for taking a complex topic and making it so user-friendly.

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5 star rating

Timely, clear and helpful!

Larry Nelson

This is was just the course that I needed. I have boxes of family photos that I've wanted to scan & share with my sisters who live in another state. Wi...

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This is was just the course that I needed. I have boxes of family photos that I've wanted to scan & share with my sisters who live in another state. With the process that was laid out and many practical tips, along with some inspiring thoughts along the way, I am on my way to having my photos organized. I would recommend this course to anyone who needs a "push" to finally getting something done with their printed photo collection.

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5 star rating

True to its name, this is SO easy.

Chelsey Young

I helped a friend a few months ago when her mom passed away, sort through her boxes of photos for the funeral. We were so overwhelmed and it was hard to know...

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I helped a friend a few months ago when her mom passed away, sort through her boxes of photos for the funeral. We were so overwhelmed and it was hard to know where to start. As I worked my way through this course, I found myself wishing I had known some of these tips when I helped my friend. If you have boxes of photos and memorabilia, especially those old heritage boxes (where everything is dumped in and disorganized) then you need this course!

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5 star rating

I cannot recommend this course highly enough!!!

Ellen Williams

This course saved my life! OK, "saved my life" might be an exaggeration but it has definitely saved my sanity! I've always felt so overwhelmed by the large ...

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This course saved my life! OK, "saved my life" might be an exaggeration but it has definitely saved my sanity! I've always felt so overwhelmed by the large number of photographs I've accumulated over the years that I've actually avoided looking at all but the most recent photos I've taken on my phone. I know I would enjoy all my family photos more if they were organized and easily accessible, but I've always felt like, "where do I even begin??" Well, thanks to "Printed Photo Organizing Made Easy," I now know exactly how to begin! This simple step-by-step plan to catalog and organize printed photographs and mementos breaks the whole process down into simple, logical, manageable steps. Instead of feeling paralyzed with anxiety over the size of the task, I now feel motivated to get started because I've finally got a game plan. It's so encouraging to know that even just an hour a day will get the job done over time, with this careful, thoughtful, methodical approach. I also found the excellent tips on proper storage of photographs for preservation and long-term safekeeping to be extremely helpful. As natural disasters increase in frequency and intensity, it's just smart to take the time to catalog, preserve, and safeguard precious (and irreplaceable) photographs and mementos, as well as important documents (or high quality copies) like birth certificates, social security cards, marriage licenses, passports, etc. - things that would be extremely difficult and time-consuming to replace in the aftermath of a natural disaster. But I think my favorite part "Printed Photo Organizing Made Easy" is the emphasis on the importance of storytelling. My mom took the time to write the names of people, places, and dates on most of her photographs, along with brief descriptions of the occasions. This is so helpful now that she's gone. (I also love having these brief snippets of her lovely old-school handwriting.) I took for granted all the family stories she was so fond of telling but now that she's gone, I often find myself wishing I had written stuff down. So now, as I sort through and catalog my family photographs, I'm going to take the time to add all the metadata I can remember to each photo or memento, as this course suggests. And can we just talk about the fact that it's OK to throw out, like, 80% of your photos?? Or that there's a way to safely remove photographs that were glued on back in the day? And to save photos you thought were otherwise ruined? (I mean, the freezer?? Who knew??) I could go on and on (obviously). But the bottom line is that, thanks to "Printed Photo Organizing Made Easy," I've now got the tools and knowledge I need to finally get my photos organized!!! So while this course might not have literally "saved my life," it is helping me to save the precious photographs, mementos, and stories that have documented my life and the life of my entire family. And that, as they say, is priceless!

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5 star rating

No Experience Needed!

Ann Cronin

This course allows someone like me, someone without any knowledge about preserving photos and documents and with only rudimentary technological skills, to or...

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This course allows someone like me, someone without any knowledge about preserving photos and documents and with only rudimentary technological skills, to organize bins of memories and create treasures with them. I feel as if I have a trusted friend, guiding me each step of the way. I always know exactly where I am in the process, how much time the instruction will take, and what the next steps are when I complete the one I am currently doing. I also like that I can go at my own pace and according to my own schedule because I can pause and resume as I want. The printed transcript at the end of each section lets me review the instructions, if I need to, as I work. I also find that the materials in the Bonus Sections make practical so many of the suggestions. I honestly can't believe how easy this course makes it to accomplish what I once thought was impossible. I would expect to pay much more for a course like this. I feel energized, creative, and so excited to share my family stories with others who lived them.

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5 star rating

Clear and to the Point!

Cindy Wagner

Took both courses. The information in "Digital" is excellent and taking it first helped me visualize the end product for both. Wrangling printed photos i...

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Took both courses. The information in "Digital" is excellent and taking it first helped me visualize the end product for both. Wrangling printed photos is what I needed! Well thought out and taught step-by-step. This course was clear and to the point. It spoke directly to me on how to get a bridle on my personal large and wild collection. I learn best from the live action "bonus" videos: Watching and listening like in a classroom. More of that would be amazing, but then I'd have to give the course 6 stars. Cindy Wagner

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5 star rating

Loved it!

Sarah Ivins

This class was fantastic! The material was very well presented and offered so many check lists, tips, product references and thematic ideas that I now feel ...

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This class was fantastic! The material was very well presented and offered so many check lists, tips, product references and thematic ideas that I now feel much less overwhelmed! As a result, I am thoroughly enjoying the process of this project and am thrilled by my results so far. The class was well worth the time and the cost!

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5 star rating

WORTH EVERY PENNY!

Eileen Gittens

I often joke with my friends telling them that we were the most photographed children in the United States!! But it was no joke! When my Dad passed away t...

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I often joke with my friends telling them that we were the most photographed children in the United States!! But it was no joke! When my Dad passed away three years ago, I became "the person" in my family who received 22 (!) carousel slide trays as well as three bags full of printed photos. I've been feeling guilty that I haven't done anything with these photos since... What finally got me off the dime is that I live in Sonoma County, CA where all the devastating fires were in 2017. I also have friends who live just outside Paradise, CA. -- the town that was basically incinerated a couple of months ago. We know people who have lost everything -- and if I ever needed a wake-up call for getting my act together with these photos... this was it. I AM SO GLAD I DID! The course was so easy to follow I ended up taking the course for digital photos too. I have digital files that are literally everywhere -- and I mean on my phone, my husband's phone, on each of our computers plus cloud storage. For the first time I feel I've got my arms around WHAT TO DO!! YAY! Many thanks Photo Organizing people! If I could give you 6 stars, I would.

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5 star rating

Thank you for helping put the pieces of the puzzle together

Lisa Griffis