My OCD wouldn’t like the inconsistency, but you’d have to ask the client if it bugs them.
On one hand I agree that people don’t usually search for filenames, especially if the metadata is good, but I don’t agree it has to take many many hours. Two options:
- Rename an entire year of photos YYYY-MM-DD_SmithFamilyArchive_0001.jpg, etc. Better than nothing and literally takes a few seconds.
- I use Lightroom Classic to rename all files by batch, and their parent folder. With some macro software and Lightroom I can do that in literally one second per folder. That means that even for a years of photos with hundreds of subfolders, renaming a year of photos takes less than five minutes.
Do either of those approaches sound helpful?