Happy Valentine’s Day. Last time I talked about your “Photographic Footprint” and gathering your photos all together into one core file structure. Most often once this is completed, my clients are amazed at the sheer volume of photos they have in their possession. According to the Association of Personal Photo Organizers (APPO), there are an estimated 1.7 trillion printed photos stored in albums and shoe boxes. These photos represent family’s legacy- milestone events like wedding, births, family vacations. The numbers of digital photos is also incredible. “Every 2 minutes today, we snap as many photos as the whole of humanity took in the 1800’s”- 1000memories.com.-
When I went through this process myself, I was shocked to discover that I had 117,000 digital photos in my collection. Honestly, who would ever “scroll” through 117,000 photos? The process of making sense of your photo collection can be overwhelming. One thing I discovered was that I had many duplicates of photos. It can easily happen, and while having duplicates can serve as a “backup” copy, it is only valuable if the backup is stored in a different location.
Once you have identified and removed your duplicates, you can begin the process of sorting through your photos.