If you like helping people, then becoming a photo coach holds possibilities of:
- Making additional income
- Earning a steady full-time income
- Adding a service to an existing professional business
For the past 26 years, I’ve been helping clients store and organize their photos and I’m glad to mentor those who would like to learn the business.
If you’re checking into the opportunity, then you want to know what the need is and how I go about helping others.
The need for organizing photos
We snap away with our phones and cameras, adding dozens of photos at a time from events like weddings, birthdays, sports events, and vacations. Taking the pictures is the easy part, but here’s what’s tough—figuring out what to save.
In our digital age, we can get overwhelmed by a flood of pictures that we’ll never see because we take too many photos and we can’t keep track of the ones that we consider most valuable.
Want a number to wrap your mind around? This figure on the number of photos taken is quoted on statista:
According to estimates by InfoTrends, a total of 1.2 trillion digital photos will be taken worldwide this year, that is roughly 160 pictures for every one of the roughly 7.5 billion people inhabiting planet earth.
There’s more: According to InfoTrends’ estimates, 85 percent of all pictures taken this year will be captured on smartphones.
Journaling vs. scrapbooking
In the early days, moms, aunts, and grandmothers would huddle together and focus more on the craft of making albums look artsy. It’s fun to do, but scrapbooking isn’t photo organizing.
I teach clients how to journal and tell a story with their pictures by answering:
- Who – is in the picture
- What – is happening
- Where – did this take place
- When – did this occur
- Why – is this important
I have them put on a “journalist” hat for a moment. It’s that last question that we should pay close attention to, “Why is this important?”
So many pictures look similar and we can snap dozens of images within seconds of each other because storage space is cheap.
Organizing photos is a way of clearing out the digital clutter and gaining peace of mind. If we don’t, then it’s like searching the closet floor for a pair of matching socks that are buried under shoes and old clothes.
Having an online digital album is a solution to deciding what we keep and how we share them with friends and family.
Finding the best digital storage solution
Now that people have more photos than ever, they need to know the best place to store those images for future generations. Not all companies are equal even if they claim to do the same work. Their method for moving old media like slide shows and videos to digital may mean that they ship the work out of the U.S. to get less expensive labor.
What about the big names?
These are reputable tech companies, but their platforms aren’t long-term storage solutions for your images and videos.
Read their Terms of Service to understand that your media is often at their mercy. This means your data is used for marketing purposes, and the images that you save today could become obsolete in the future if they change their business or if you get blocked from your account.
This also means that an opportunity exists for entrepreneurs who know that our photos are an invaluable slice of life for our families and even for small business owners.
This is why I named my company Safeguard Your Memories—because that’s what I show clients how to do.
And I can help them guard those memories for a lifetime, plus 100 years.
That’s what I’d like to share with you. The service that I work with reinvests the storage fees of customers into research and development so they can stay up with changes in technology.
This is a major difference.
My blueprint for success
Photo coaching has been a focus of mine for decades, so I know the industry quite well. And I continue learning again and again just how important photos are to families.
They’re moments in time that can’t be replaced, and family pictures really are the epitome of the adjective we’ve seen on the Mastercard commercials—priceless.
I’ll be glad to mentor you if you’re interested in having your own photo coaching business.
It’s a business that’s right for people who naturally enjoy helping others.
I came out of the banking industry when I started as a photo coach.
If you’re a professional like an accountant or insurance agent with an existing practice, then showing families how to organize and keep their pictures safe for generations to come could be a welcome addition to your current product line and service offerings.
I’m here to help
Photo coaching is a niche, in-demand business with plenty of promise.
Contact me and I’ll share more.
If you have an entrepreneurial bug, I’ll be glad to share more of my story. You can read more here in this blog post, Another anniversary of organizing and preserving your photos.
If you’re needing help keeping those images easily accessible, then let me know and I’ll be happy to help you and your family.