Are you the kind of person who loves photos, cherishes memories, and enjoys bringing order to chaos? If you are, there’s an exciting career path that might be calling your name: Become a professional photo organizer.

In a recent webinar titled “Start a Career Helping People Save the Memories, Not the Mess,” Cathi Nelson, CEO and founder of The Photo Managers, revealed all the ins and outs of this rewarding profession.



In today’s digital age, nearly everyone has a treasure trove of photos scattered across various devices, hard drives, and outdated media formats. These cherished memories are at risk of being lost or forgotten. That’s where professional photo managers come in. They are the heroes who help individuals, families, and businesses curate, preserve, and organize their visual legacies.


Top 10 Reasons to Professional Photo Managers Get Hired


Cathi Nelson outlined the top 10 reasons people hire professional photo managers in the webinar. These include:

  1. Legacy Planning: Ensuring that visual legacies are well-organized and can be passed down to future generations.
  2. Busy Lifestyles: Many individuals and families are swamped with personal and professional commitments, leaving them with little time to manage their photo collections.
  3. Technology Challenges: The ever-evolving world of technology, software, and storage options can be daunting, making professional managers invaluable.
  4. Moving and Downsizing: Clients who are relocating or downsizing need help organizing and preserving their photo collections.
  5. Preserving Memorabilia: Photo collections often include letters, certificates, medals, and other keepsake items that professional organizers can curate and preserve.
  6. Transferring Outdated Media: With technologies like camcorders and VCR players becoming obsolete, photos and videos trapped in outdated media formats need rescue.
  7. Parental Loss or Empty Nesters: Clients in their 40s and 50s who want to ensure they don’t lose access to cherished items after a parent’s passing or when their children leave home.
  8. Digital Clutter: Professional photo managers help declutter digital photo libraries, making them more accessible.
  9. Creating Meaningful Photo Projects: Photo managers can transform their clients’ photo collections into beautiful photo books, gift items, or digital presentations.
  10. Preserving Memories and Stories: Photo managers help clients tell their unique stories through their visual history.


Characteristics of a Successful Photo Manager


Are you considering a career as a professional photo manager? If so, here are some key characteristics that can set you up for success:

  1. Passion for Photos and Stories: If words like storytelling, photos, memories, and legacies ignite a passion in you, this career might be perfect.
  2. Lifelong Learner: Openness to researching, learning, and staying up-to-date with industry trends is crucial.
  3. Community Builder: Becoming part of a supportive community provides invaluable guidance and camaraderie.

Cathi Nelson encourages aspiring photo managers to join the Photo Managers organization, which offers a plethora of benefits:

  1. Education: Access to monthly training webinars, self-paced courses, and best practices in the industry.
  2. Certification: Become a certified photo manager, gaining recognition and credibility in the field.
  3. Resource Discounts: Enjoy exclusive discounts on archival products and tools.
  4. Community: Connect with fellow members for networking, support, and collaboration.

Find out more about joining The Photo Managers here.


Intrigued by the idea of preserving memories and creating organized, meaningful, and accessible photo collections? Then start your journey as a professional photo manager today. To take the first steps, watch the webinar, become a member the Photo Managers, and embark on a fulfilling career that celebrates the art of storytelling through photos and memories.


Ready to dive deeper into the world of professional photo management? Then don’t miss the full webinar with Cathi Nelson on YouTube. Click here to watch the webinar now.