All the talk about Graduation and the end of school has made me think about the next year for me!
Even if your school days are over, we still look forward to a change of pace in the summer! As several of my mom friends have been talking about graduation, it made me think of all the big life events I have coming in the next year. Caleb and his fiancée, Kasey, will be graduating from college in December and getting married in January. Emily will be graduating from high school in May. That's going to make for a busy senior year!
Summer is a great time for those of you who are teachers to work on some personal projects like your photos. I know you don't really get a three-month break, but I hope you'll have a little time off to work on something you enjoy or would just like to get done.
If you'd like to time to talk about how we can work together to make your photo dreams come true, we can do that, too. Set up your time HERE
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This week I spent some time getting ready for a Grief support group that is hosted by Hospice of the South Plains. It's coming up on Tuesday, May 21 at 1:30 p.m. at their office near 82nd and Quaker. It's open to anyone, so if you'd like to come, you are welcome.
I was asked to talk about journaling and photos, so I thought I would share a little here as well about how I got started with recording the stories that go along with our photos and why that is meaningful to me.
When I was a young mom busy raising a toddler we found that another baby was on the way. But about halfway through my pregnancy, we found out that we wouldn't be bringing this little girl home. She had a fatal birth defect, anencephaly, where her brain had not fully developed and would only live a short time after birth.
One thing that I could do to prepare for our short time with our daughter was to be ready to take photos and videos of our time with her. We had that 12 hours with her, and then as we grieved over her loss, we had those photos to look at and remember. As it got close to her first birthday, I found out about a company that taught other people how to preserve their memories in photo safe albums and that's when my photo business began. I knew how meaningful those photos were to me and through the nearly 24 years since then, God has brought many people into my life through my business that have lost a child.
Photos are a very personal thing and people have photos of happy and sad occasions in their life. People want to record their history because they don't want that history lost. When you are grieving, there is a fear that the person you lost will be forgotten. Recording those stories is a way to keep those stories safe.
So why do you want to share your photos and stories? I'd love to hear from you as you think about why your story matters. If you want to hear more about our story and how it can help with loss, come join us on Tuesday. It might be just what you need to hear in your season of life.
Do you have trouble making decisions?
I usually read a chapter of this book in the morning, and the chapter today made me think about how sometimes people don't know where to start with their photos and put it off until someday.
Even if you don't have it all figured out about what you'd like to do with your photos, that's OK. Just pick one thing you'd like to have done and see how it grows. If you'd like to chat about what that first step might be, we can do that, too. Set up your time HERE
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So many of you have told me how much you really do want to get to your photos, but there's always so much else to do. You know what, it's true! There is so much else to do. I get behind on my photos, too, because although they are very important to me, they aren't really urgent. At the conference recently I learned more about online scheduling. This allows you to look at the dates and times I have available on my calendar and pick something that works for you.
There are several different types of sessions available, but the one I want to focus on today is the "Introduction to Captured Memories Call." This is a 20-minute call just for us to talk more about how we can work together.
Here is a link to the scheduling page: Schedule a Photo Chat.
If you get it on your calendar today, it's a lot more likely to happen. This is your chance to make your photo dreams come true.
If we've already worked together on your digital photos and you just need a check-up, I am also offering free 20-minute Digital Checkup session for the next few weeks. These can be scheduled HERE and will be done remotely through Zoom so be sure and pick a time you can be in front of your computer.
Your memories are important ... set a time today to take the next step!
I'm back from our Association of Personal Photo Organizers National Conference in Albuquerque with lots of new ideas.
I made some new friends and saw many from past years. This was my fifth conference to attend (out of seven) and I think it was the best yet. This year my business has grown to the point that I was accepted into the Masterclass! In addition to learning lots and having a plan to meet over the next year, we also bonded over "tattoos". I bet you never thought you'd see that in an email from me!
I'll be adding some new options to my business including online scheduling for appointments and also remote sessions-- perfect for getting your digital photos organized. My favorite vendor was Collectionnaire -- an online index of all your family's memories. After I get my account started, I'll be sharing more about it with you. Have a great weekend!
It's time for our Annual Conference!
I'm leaving Tuesday to go to the Association of Personal Photo Organizers National Conference in Albuquerque and I'm so excited!! We stayed at this resort a few years ago and it's a beautiful place. I'm signed up for a sunrise photo walk to try out Sony's mirrorless camera.
I love seeing my like-minded friends, meeting new people and learning more than my brain can possibly hold in five days. This year my business has grown to the point that I was accepted into the Masterclass! This is an extra couple of days brainstorming with others in my stage of business so I've excited to have this opportunity to learn even more.
When I go to these events, I'm always looking for new techniques and products that I can use to help you enjoy your photos more than ever. Can you send me a quick email back and tell me what is your biggest obstacle when it comes to organizing your photos? I want to be looking for a solution for you!
This week I had a phone call with the facilitator of the Masterclass that I having coming up in March. The purpose of the call was to get acquainted so that she would be ready to work with our small group at the Association of Professional Photo Organizers conference in Albuquerque.
As we chatted about my business and what I hoped to learn at the class, she asked an interesting question -- "What keeps you up at night?" My first thought was the dog, but I knew the answer she was looking for was about my business. After thinking about it a minute, I answered that sometimes I was thinking about my clients' photos. Did we get everything just right? Are they ready to get back to work on an unfinished project? Or have they had a family emergency because I haven't heard from them lately? Your photos matter to me and if I check in with you a little too often, forgive me! But do let me know if I do and when you do want me to check in again. I never want you to say you lost some photos and wish we had worked together sooner.
I know we are all busy, but I hope you'll take a little time this weekend to just enjoy your photos. I'm planning to enjoy mine and next week I'll think about yours again!
Have you seen the new Netflix show "Tidying Up with Marie Kondo"? Lots of people have been talking about it with the organizing that always happens in the new year. She believes sorting photos is probably the happiest tidying job ever. But it can also be the hardest job because it's easy to get bogged down.
If you have boxes of photos like these, don't give up! Setting aside time regularly will turn this mess into a treasure. For more ideas, visit The Photo Organizers Blog!
While I am doing other things like taking a walk or working around the house, I like to listen to podcasts. Here's a link to one I listened to recently about Weeding Your Garden. She talked about getting rid of things that are filling up your calendar and stealing your peace. She even talks about how that can be your photos! If you have photos filling up your phone that you don't want to keep, could you weed some of those out?
Just by setting aside a few minutes, you can clean out those extra photos and enjoy the ones that do bring you happiness. Try it today and see what you can weed out!
Last weekend there was a special historical event in Amarillo that I thought would be fun to attend. The event was held at a science museum to commemorate the opening of a time capsule that was sealed 50 years ago. It was part of a helium plant, and along with the time capsule contents being displayed, they were also collecting artifacts from the helium plant. People who had worked there brought photos, time cards and other documents and the Texas Historical Commission was there scanning and collecting stories.
The time capsule was sealed in 1968, the year I was born. So my family planned an early birthday celebration for me! Those of you with adult kids know how busy everyone's schedules can be. They knew that more than anything getting us all together would be the best gift of all. I tried to gather everyone together for a photo, but I didn't know that a professional photographer was waiting for us in the botanical garden nearby. I'll have those photos to share soon.
It was a perfect birthday weekend for me since I'm all about photos and family, especially mine!
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