My name is Peter Bennett and I love to help my clients restore and preserve their family history by organizing their photo collections and scanning and digitizing their older prints, slides and family movies. I've been working in the photographic business for over 25 years as a professional photographer, teacher, photo editor and retoucher as well as a consultant in digital asset management (or DAM for short), which is a fancy way of saying professional photo organizer.
Here’s the funny thing - while I had managed my own professional photo library for years as well as run a photo agency representing over 30 photographers and almost 50,000 images, all of them meticulously categorized, organized, labeled and captioned - I realized that my own collection of personal and family photos was a mess, no, it was a complete disaster.
I had simply let things go for so long and I didn’t want to deal with it. And I knew that if it was happening to me, it was happening to others. So I decided to start Fotoflow Solutions, to take my years of experience, knowledge and resources of photo organizing to the people who really needed it. I want to help people organize their personal and family photos and teach them how to keep it organized. Most importantly I wanted to help people understand that they need to start being the editors of their own life story so they can enjoy and share their rich family history.
Preserving and organizing your photo collection is not something we simply do for the sake of being organized, who has time for that? Preserving your collection is a means to an end, to help bring your life into focus, to explore, enjoy and pass on your family’s history, and to make sure it is safe for years to come.
We are living in a constant state of digital acquisition and accumulation, and nowhere is that more evident than with our photos. Last year it is estimated that over one trillion photos were taken.
How many did you take last year? How many photos you will have in 5 years? 10 years? 20 years? And what about video? Yikes!
Digital photography and especially our smartphones have changed the world, but it has also given us a photo mess.
Every person, every family’s situation is different. Of course it is important to know if you are on a Mac or Windows platform, how may devices you and your family use to take pictures, things like that. But it is also important to know how comfortable or uncomfortable you are with digital technology, and most importantly what you want or plan to do with your photos. If you don’t know where you’re going, you won’t know where to begin.
There are solutions, the important thing is to find one that works for you. But the longer you wait, the harder it will be.