I have the privilege of speaking at The Photo Managers Conference, which is happening in Denver, CO from March 24th-26th! I put together a class that will help professional photo organizers (and really anyone) get motivated to create high quality, digital archives for their clients and families. Once you take the class I am sure you will be eager to get started digitizing your photos with a professional or helping someone else, such as a client, do this. Simply start by creating a account and then check out the resources below where you will find marketing tips, family tree organizers, and more! There is also a link to the slide deck leading to our Public Archive from the in-person portion of this class where we discussed archives in more detail.

Class Description

You tackle complex photo management problems every day. But you don’t have to start completely from scratch! The best practices from a related professional field, archival science, are very much applicable to photo workflows, processes, and professional offerings. Understanding them will add to your expertise and enhance your business. Learn how to connect with VIP clients who will pay for this expertise and the white-glove services you can implement with them. Watch the class below!

This virtual class includes an interview by Amberly Russell with Laura Woolsey, owner of Memory Forward in Austin, Texas and her colleague Tom Hensle. Memory Forward is a leader in the photo organization industry, helping Austin-area families and businesses create order from their photo chaos for almost 15 years.

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In Person and Virtual Class Resources

Slide Deck for In Person Class

Organizing the Archivist Way: Blog Series by Tia Stenson for Permanent

  1. Family History with Part 1 of 4: Organizing the Archivist Way
  2. Family History with Part 2 of 4: Organizing the Archivist Way
  3. Family History with Part 3 of 4: Organizing the Archivist Way
  4. Family History with Part 4 of 4: Organizing the Archivist Way

Primary Sources Blog 

Society of American Archivists  

Chaos to Memories Index Scanning by Laura Woolsey and Adam Pratt

Photo Organizing Made Easy by Cathi Nelson 

Principles and Standards 

International Council of Museums Code of Ethics 


NARA Mission and Values


George A. Smathers Libraries Archival Processing Introduction 

Harvard Library Processing Guidelines 


Disaster Planning and Response 

FEMA Flood Map

Vital Records Protection Plan

Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative 

The Online Disaster-Planning Tool for Cultural & Civic Institutions


Family History Metadata working Group Facebook 

Family History Metadata Working Group GitHub

Library of Congress Table of Core Metadata Elements 

Comprehensive List and Descriptions of Metadata Standards

Dublin Core

Digital Public Library of America aggregates metadata from America’s libraries, archives, and museums, providing an open access portal.

National Science Digital Library is an open-access digital library of learning collections for the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education community.

Open Language Archives Community is an international partnership of institutions and individuals, aggregates metadata from participating archives to create a worldwide virtual library of language resources.

Portal to Texas History aggregates metadata from partners across Texas to provide a gateway to rare, historical, and primary source materials from or about Texas. The Portal is also a service hub for The Digital Public Library of America.

Check out our page for professional photo organizers here!

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