Turn your love of photos into a business.

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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.

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.

Become a Photo Manager

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

We have three ways for you to learn more

Take Our Quiz

Professional photo organizers come from a wide variety of backgrounds, but there are traits they have in common. Is this the right career for you?

Schedule A Call

You know this is the right career for you but you have questions and would like to speak with a real person? We understand and agree, and encourage you to schedule a call!

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Watch this webinar to learn how you can turn your love of photos into a successful business and how The Photo Managers can support your journey!

What Does a Professional Photo Manager Do?









Learn More with this FREE Webinar

The Dream Job You Never Knew Existed

Free 15-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 The Photo Managers can support your journey!

The Growing Need for Professional Photo Managers

The Photo Managers provides a business-in-a-box solution

Your membership includes the following

1. Core Foundation

Anyone over 30 years of age still has boxes, bins, and albums full of printed photos. Our core course, Organizing Your Client’s Printed Photos, walks you step-by-step through everything you need to know to complete your first professional project sorting printed photos.

“This course covers everything you need to know to organize a client’s print collection, from what issues to discuss with the client upfront, through all the sorting steps, to final storage and delivery.” ~Cheryl DiFrank, My Memory File

Normally available to purchase at The Photo Managers Academy for $399, but included with membership.

The Building Blocks of Digital Photo Organizing walks you step-by-step through everything you need to know to complete your first professional project. 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.

“This is the benchmark course that every new member needs to complete before venturing off into the bewildering world of our industry. I wish I had seen this years ago. This course is sufficient to kickstart a career by offering coverage of all aspects of digital photo management.” ~Sarah Macnaught, The Photo Curators

Normally available to purchase at The Photo Managers Academy for $399, but included with membership.

The step-by-step guide you need to start your business.

This course will dive in and share over a decade of knowledge on what you need to know to start and grow a profitable business.

“This course provides the list of what is needed to get you up and running, and also guides your determination of what you want to offer and how you want to offer it. I wish I had this when I started my business, it would have saved me a lot of time, energy, and frustration.” ~Allison Freedman, Arrange Wander Focus

This course is ONLY available through membership and is not available for sale on The Photo Managers Academy.

The Photo Managers certification course increases your knowledge and understanding of photo management practices and running a photo management business. It’s the only way to earn a place in the public directory of Certified Professional Photo Managers and you’ll receive a badge to display proudly on your website.

In order to receive your certification, you must:

> Be a member of The Photo Managers in good standing
> Complete 5 self-study modules
> Score 95 or higher on each review quiz
> Provide client reference and client project documentation
> Participate in an informational interview

2. Credibility

The Photo Managers is the leader in the photo management industry and has established best practices that result in optimal outcomes for both the photo manager and their clients.

In addition to Best Practices, it is important that The Photo Managers maintain its reputation for honesty, fairness, respect, responsibility, integrity, trust, and sound business judgment. As a member of The Photo Managers, you agree to conduct business honestly and ethically and agree to our Code of Ethics.

Photos and videos are amongst a family and business’s most cherished possessions. The Photo Managers established their certification program from the beginning to ensure that clients could feel confident when hiring a professional and that professionals feel confident in their work. In addition, certification demonstrates that you are committed to mastering your skills and knowledge in your field.

3. Community


Our community is the heart of The Photo Managers and the place to go for answers to your questions, to get feedback, to gain support or inspiration, or simply to get to know other professional photo managers.

We have a private members-only Facebook group for answers to your most challenging questions, regional groups that meet regularly, monthly networking meetings on a variety of topics, and our annual educational conference.

4. Competency

Best-selling book, Photo Organizing Made Easy: Going from Overwhelmed to Overjoyed, by The Photo Managers founder CEO Cathi Nelson is a must for any professional photo organizer library. Upon joining we’ll mail you a physical copy of the book.

“No organizing project is more daunting than photographs, and no one is better equipped to walk you through the process than Cathi Nelson!”—Julie Morgenstern, New York Times Best-selling Author

Each month we bring you training webinars, exclusively available to The Photo Managers members. We also have a vast library of past training webinars for you to access as soon as you join. Add a keyword such as printed photos, digital, or pricing, and any training on the topic is available to watch immediately. Our training topics range from photo organizing skills to business management to managing stress.

Our goal is to ensure you don’t have to “reinvent the wheel”. We provide all the resources to help you implement what you learn and make managing your business as easy as possible. Our business resources include:

> Client needs assessments

> Gathering photos checklists

> Sample contracts

> A community presentation so you can offer a photo organizing class in you community

> And much more

Systems are the way you do things. They are the procedures that can be replicated and are essential to a business’s success, yet most business owners have no experience setting up systems. The Photo Managers teamed up with strategy & systems design expert, Erin Taylor of Lunimae for a series of workshops focused on action-oriented training to eliminate the scary from systems.

Erin uses a strategic process to bring clarity to your work, your goals, and a clear path to reach them. You will work on bringing honesty to your business processes: what works and what doesn’t. Once operations flow without effort, you’ll have the headspace and confidence to take the next steps in your business.

5. Collaboration

Every September, professional photo managers volunteer to share their expertise through short courses, live discussions, and tutorials during Save Your Photos Month. We provide all the materials for our professional members to join the fun and build their reputation as the expert in their community through social media posts, pre-designed graphics, press releases, and presentation templates.

Plus, as a member of The Photo Managers, you also receive 1 year access to Save Your Photos Month mini-classes, while the public can only view them for two months.

Many companies are excited to connect with you by offering you whole sale pricing on their products and services. These discounts are an additional revenue stream in your business by saving the profit from the discount. Discounts range from 3 months free of Backblaze cloud storage to 20% OFF all Nixplay digital photo frames.

Focus groups are sometimes established as well to provide product feedback to our partners who seek the insight from professional photo managers.

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

Here’s What People Are Saying
About The Photo Managers

The Photo Managers is the leading educational community supporting photo management professionals around the world. With information on best practices and business basics, we provide a launchpad for new photo managers.

Once you’re up and running, count on The Photo Managers for advanced training, news about technology advancements, and creative marketing ideas. Along the way, you’ll be welcomed into The Photo Managers dynamic and engaging community, eager to provide support and encouragement.

Ready to get started?

Become a Professional Photo Manager Today




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