Our photos are the keepers of our most precious memories and the tellers of our most cherished stories. But in the digital age, and when it feels like “free time” is nonexistent, organizing your photos - the thousands stored in shoeboxes under your bed, in fading photo albums, and on your phone – can be overwhelming!
In Photo Organizing Made Easy: Going from Overwhelmed to Overjoyed, Cathi Nelson, founder of APPO (Association of Personal Photo Organizers) shares her doable steps and insider secrets to help you organize, maintain, and most importantly, enjoy your photos.
In each chapter you’ll learn how to tackle the challenges of time and technology, receive access to trusted resources when you need a helping hand, and benefit from expert advice.
We capture our life stories through photos. Taking the time to organize and preserve them is a priceless investment. It is a gift your loved ones will treasure for generations to come.
It is an honor and privilege to walk alongside people as they explore their family history through their photographs.
I’m the founder of a new and growing profession, Personal Photo Organizing, and also of the Association of Personal Photo Organizers. But that’s far from the whole story. My first job was selling time for a start-up TV station. For ten years, I excelled at listening to my customers, identifying their needs, and providing them with solutions.
My passion for photos and storytelling led to fifteen years of success in direct sales. I taught hundreds of women how to create meaningful family scrapbooks while teaching hundreds of independent consultants how to build profitable businesses selling the scrapbooks. In 2009, I sensed a change coming as people stopped printing photos, so I began offering my expertise as a photo organizer.
Now, I help train and support independent business owners as CEO of the Association of Personal Photo Organizers, a professional organization with close to 1000 members around the world.
My biggest joy? That I created a profession that’s taken on a life of its own. Photo organizing is a career that provides people with meaningful work and a good income, and this work brings comfort and joy to clients. Family stories are being told and preserved, making the world a better place.
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“This is a rarity: an inspiring how-to book! Yes, it’s possible, you can make something timeless and beautiful out of that mess you've been avoiding.
Sharing and preserving family photographs is an act that requires a big heart—and so does writing a book about it. Fortunately, Cathi Nelson has one that’s up to the task."
Photographer and Author,
How to Photograph Your Life
New York Times Best-Selling Author, Consultant, and Speaker
“No organizing project is more daunting than photographs, and no one is better equipped to walk you through the process than Cathi Nelson!
This book is warm, systematic, and insightful. You'll conquer years’ worth of photos across multiple mediums, while honoring the emotions that go along with unearthing and preserving priceless memories.”
"Organizing a life’s worth of photo memories is a daunting process for most of us. That's probably why we have piles of old photos buried in drawers and a zillion unorganized digital images on our camera rolls.
Now in her straightforward, no-nonsense way, Cathi Nelson cuts through the clutter to make the task not only manageable but enjoyable. If you want to get your photos together so you can preserve, enjoy and share a lifetime of memories, Photo Organizing Made Easy is just what you need."
#1 New York Times
Cathi is a warm, engaging, and authentic speaker. She has spoken at numerous conference focused on all aspects of the art and business of photo organizing. Her life experiences that include working in a high energy, bottom line driven sales culture, the joy and challenges of adoption and the tenacity needed to start and grow a company, give her a unique perspective that audiences find motivating and practical.
Some of Cathi’s presentations include NAPO (National Association of Professional Organizers), NASMM (National Association of Sr. Move Managers), PMA @ CES (Photographic Marketing Association @Consumer Electronics Show), and more. She has also spoken at webinars, libraries, historical centers, and networking events; she is even on the preaching team at her local church.