Become a Professional

Photo Manager

Turn your love of photos into a business.

You’ve daydreamed about the flexibility of a home-based business that actually helps people and makes a difference.

One that could begin as a side hustle and eventually replace your corporate job.

Today, people are snapping a trillion photos annually. And the photos are stored on all different devices. It’s a digital disaster.

The professional photo organizing industry is booming because people need help, and demand is growing every year.

It’s officially a thing.

What Does a Professional Photo Manager Do?

> Organizes printed photos and memorabilia

> Scans photos, negatives, and slides

> Digitizes audio and video media

> Backs up memories to keep them safe, preserved, and easy to share

> Delivers photos in searchable online galleries so that people can easily find them

> Designs photo books to tell unique family stories

> Trains clients to manage their photos for easy access

You know you have the knack for this if…

> You have a blend of right brain project management and organization know-how with a strong creative style that loves telling stories with pictures


> You’re a bit of detective and you love searching older family photos to discover the family history


> You love learning and are open to exploring new technology

Learn More with this FREE Webinar

The Growing Need for Professional Photo Managers

Free 20-Minute Webinar with Cathi Nelson, Founder of The Photo Managers

Watch this webinar to learn how you can turn your love of photos into a successful business and how you can save $399 by joining now!

The Growing Need for Professional Photo Managers

Now You Can Turn Your Love of Photos, Storytelling, and Organizing Into a Business


When you join The Photo Managers, you become part of a global community of photo organizers, family storytellers, and business owners doing work they love.

You’ll learn a step-by-step process laid out for you to be up and running with your first project, within your first year of membership.

Take courses that teach everything from organizing digital photos to understanding finances and targeting your ideal customer.

Become part of an uber-supportive community of thriving business owners who help you get started and share information along the way.

Join The Photo Managers certification program for extra credibility, best practices, and a code of ethics.

And attend an annual conference to connect with your community, meet vendors, learn from experts as well as from your photo organizing peers.

The value is in the years of experience and education shared by professionals and the community resources.

Nancy McFarland

SoCal Photo Solutions

The Photo Manager courses will explain specifically what you need to know, which saves you a huge amount of time. And that’s why they’re worth it. And I think I’ve taken pretty much every course they have!

Nicole Olds

Enjoy Your Photos

It’s the only industry that I can think of where they open the doors for you. They show you a path and give you the tools. You can’t go wrong.

Ana Carvajal

Posterity Pro

All this training and support comes with your membership in The Photo Managers…


✅ Virtual training library with forms, checklists and presentation templates

✅ A crazy supportive private Facebook community that responds with help and advice whenever you need it (We know… another Facebook group… but this one is really special)

✅ Online forum to give you answers to all your technical questions

✅ Access to trainings that take you from your first steps to completing a final client organizing project

✅ New member orientation and a four- week onboarding roadmap

✅ A place in our member directory where potential clients and peers can find your information

✅ Calendar of events highlighting upcoming speakers, exclusive training webinars, regional meetings, and more

✅ Option to add the certification program, available exclusively to members of The Photo Managers

✅ Member discounts and benefits with our vendor partners such as SmugMug, Archival Methods and Nixplay

What Does a Professional Photo Manager Do?

& Documents

photo books
& slideshows

digitize various
types of
analog media

set up
backup systems

create online
& websites

photo editing
& restoration

& preserve
family history

photo management
education & instruction

This Bonus ONLY Comes with the Annual Certified Membership

When you sign up for The Photo Managers annual membership with certification you’ll also receive this essential course FREE – a $399 value!

The Building Blocks of Digital Photo Organizing

The need for an in-depth understanding of digital photo organizing is critical to a Photo Manager’s success. We’ve partnered with Peter Bennet, a professional photographer, photo organizer, and instructor to create a course that walks you step-by-step through everything you need to know to complete your first professional project. So you can feel like a pro from the start. 

You’ll discover the best software and hardware options and discuss how to accurately diagnose your client’s situation. Peter will teach you digital imaging basics, metadata, and how to strategize a job from beginning to end.

This course will give you the confidence and knowledge to brainstorm any challenges that come up and provide unique solutions for a stellar client experience.

Building Blocks of Digital Photo Organizing

Here are Two Easy Ways to Pay When You Join Today

Option 1: Pay for Membership + Certification

BEST VALUE! Save 50% on the Certification course when you join The Photo Managers.
Your first payment, either quarterly or annual, will include the certification course fee.*

Pay Quarterly


First payment is $237.50 and includes the quarterly membership payment and the Certification course at half price.

Remaining payments are $125 per quarter from the date you joined.

Pay Annually


First payment is $531.50 and includes the annual membership payment and the Certification course at half price.

Remaining payments are $419 per year from the date you joined.

*This offer only available with initial membership purchase.
View Member Terms & Conditions

Option 2: Pay for Membership Only

You can purchase the Certification course separately at another time for $225.

Pay Quarterly


Receive all the benefits of membership except the Certification course.

This can be purchased separately at another time for $225.

Pay Annually


Receive all the benefits of membership except the Certification course.

This can be purchased separately at another time for $225.

About Our Founder, Cathi

Cathi Nelson is the leader of a global photo organizing movement. A cutting-edge entrepreneur and speaker, in 2009 she founded The Photo Managers, the leading organization serving entrepreneurs through training, a professional certification program, best practices, and a code of ethics that sets high standards for the rapidly growing photo management industry. She’s built a worldwide community and organization around supporting people in creating thriving businesses doing work they love. She’s been featured in the New York Times, The Atlantic, Real Simple Magazine, and The Wall Street Journal about how to organize and preserve the legacy of your family heritage through photos.

Meet the rest of the team here.

Building Blocks of Digital Photo Organizing

100% Money-Back Guarantee

Give us a try for a full 30 days 100% risk-free. If you’re not happy with your Photo Managers membership (but I’m sure you will be!) we have a 30-day money-back guarantee.

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