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Role As A Photo Organizer

The Life of a Photo Organizer: Jodi Bondy

Nixplay has partnered with The Photo Managers for the Save Your Photos initiative, a public service outreach campaign that teaches individuals how they can preserve life’s irreplaceable photos, videos, and documents in case of an unforeseen accident or disaster. 

As a Certified Professional Photo Organizer, I get to see some pretty cool things. Family memories on print or film, long lost memories buried in a box or trunk, and huge smiles when a project all comes together. I love mystery and, often, that’s exactly what I face when working with a client. This crazy pandemic that we’ve been dealing with for 6 months has caused many folks to start digging through those old boxes and storage bins they have harbored for years. 

So just what’s in there?

Certified Professional Photo Organizer

Many people are finding photos of their immediate family — fun 70’s bell bottoms, 80’s hairstyles, and the like. Others are uncovering the vintage photos they inherited from their parents or grandparents. They were always going to do something with those when they got them.

Role As A Photo Organizer

As a Photo Organizer, I’m able to coach or facilitate the process. Dealing with your own clutter can be overwhelming, so bringing in a neutral party will allow you some clarity to make decisions on what you can do with these newly discovered treasures. 

I met with a client once who probably had 6 big plastic storage totes, several cardboard bank boxes, a scattered mix of flash drives and even some old floppy disks! As I started to empty the boxes, I found there was no rhyme or reason as to what’s in the box. There were loose photos, framed photos, VHS tapes, partial scrapbooks and photo albums. You name it. First thing I assured my client was that whatever I found, I would protect her privacy and would not share with the world any items I may find that might be considered “sketchy”. Think HIPAA that you sign at your doctor’s office.

We started making piles of “like stuff”. If we knew which side of the family or which person was the main focus, we even separated out to that level. I had piles all over the floor and chairs! We emptied the boxes and took those out of the room, at least temporarily. 

Organizing loose photos, framed photos, VHS tapes, partial scrapbooks and photo albums

The ABC’s of Photo Organizing

Once the tubs and boxes were empty, we started with one pile and proceeded to follow the ABC’s method that most professionals use — “A” stands for photos that would be ALBUM worthy. These are the ones you would want to showcase. “B” stands for BOX. These items may have a very cool story attached to them and there may be no other evidence of the event (remember we basically took photos blindly back in the day and hoped we got some good shots). These will be stored in archival safe boxes in case there is ever a need for these in the future. “C” are the photos that can be put in the CAN. The trash can, that is.  Duplicates, blurry, no heads, etc. We all have them.  Even some landscape photos – if there are no people in these. I can tell you Google has a much better photo than the one you took! Then finally, we have the “S” which stands for the STORY. You need to have people write down the story that expands on why the photo is so important. Videos and other media take a little more time because you need to figure out what is on them, get them converted to digital and store them on a device that will be usable in the next several years. 

The ABC's of Photo Organizing

In fact, all of this takes time and effort. But the coolest thing is being able to watch a family gather around the table with the photos and memories and start sharing stories. This is a great time to have a paper and pencil handy, so you can write down the memories from everyone’s perspective. It also makes a great holiday activity when the family is all together, whether in person or via video conference. Share the photos and have a game of Guess Who. Look for family resemblances, check Uncle Harry’s cool car and his crazy plaid pants! 

Enjoy the stories with a Nixplay Frame

One of the options I typically give my clients is to buy a Nixplay (or two). They can send many of the photos to the frame and give it as a gift for another family member. How fun it can be to have a recent memory pop up followed by someone generations earlier who have the same nose. 

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I love what I do and I take great pride in my work. So if you have that unopened box hidden away, let a professional photo organizer help you sift through the items and, perhaps, you will find hidden treasure.

Jodi is a certified professional photo manager in Indiana.  She is also an educator and volunteer emergency medical technician.  She understands the importance of human connection and the telling of stories through image and print.  When she is not working on client projects, you can find her playing with grandkids and helping others to document their memories.

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Caren Osborne’s Latest Photo Organizing Project

It’s been a tough few months for everyone, but things are finally starting to reopen, and people are moving around a bit more. I drove down to North Carolina recently to spend ten days with my daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren. The drive was a bit surreal as there was no traffic, so I made it all the way from eastern Connecticut to Chapel Hill, North Carolina in 10 and a half hours! I had a wonderful visit and, while there, I found a beautiful new home close to my family. For the next few weeks, I will be putting my business on hold while I organize, pack up and move.

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Organizing and Digitizing my Late Husband’s Photos

My latest photo organizing project has been going through my late husband’s photos. There was a box stored under the pool table (that we don’t use) labeled “Rick’s photos”.  He and I had started going through it a couple of winters ago, but never finished. With his passing, I now wanted to take the time to sort and organize all of those photos to preserve them for myself and his family. It turned out that a lot of the photos were actually his mother’s and sister’s, so I put those aside and gave them to my sister-in-law to sort through herself. For my husband’s photos, I organized them by date when I could and the rest by subject – such as vehicles (he was into classic cars and restoring Jeeps and trucks), family, boats (he had a lot of those over the years too), pets, and photos of the two of us.

After I finished sorting and organizing the photos, I then digitized them so that they can be preserved and treasured for many years to come. To give our families the chance to re-live their memories, I’ll also be putting them into a Forever account so they can view them and add their own comments. I wish I had the opportunity to finish organizing the photos with Rick, because I’m sure there are some wonderful stories that go along with many of them. More emphatically than ever, I advise everyone to take the time to record the stories that go along with each photo – before they’re lost forever.

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Using a Nixplay frame to digitize and display photos

After spending some time looking back at all these special moments, , I went through the digital photos on my computer and phone, and identified all the special ones of Rick over the years. I have been very diligent over the past 15 years in organizing my digital photos, going back to the ones I took with my digital cameras, by date and subject, so it was easy to find the ones I wanted to pull out.

My next step in this photo organizing project was to go through my traditional paper scrapbook albums that I have created over the past 22 years, pull out the special photos of Rick during our many adventures, and digitize them to add to my collection.

Finally, I’ll be creating a few collages from the scanned photos to be used as memorial boards for his funeral and adding all of our photos to my Nixplay digital photo frame which will be on display after the funeral at our house for family and friends to view. My goal is to eventually create a book celebrating his life to be able to preserve his story for myself, his daughter and his grandchildren.

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Caren is passionate about preserving photos and stories for her daughter and grandchildren. It is this passion that she brings to her clients as she assists them with preserving their photos and their stories to enjoy now and for future generations.

Skills That Can Earn You Serious Cash

5 Skills That Can Earn You Serious Cash

In order to thrive and survive in today’s fast-paced, cutthroat corporate world, learning new skills is just as important as improving your existing ones. The good news is that there are several business skills that can give your resume a boost and open new opportunities for you to generate more income. By allotting the time and effort to learn these skills, you can easily gain an edge over your counterparts. 


Being fluent in another language can open the door to many opportunities. You can find full-time and part-time work as a translator or as a bilingual customer service agent–roles that can keep your language skills polished while paying you well.

Computer Programming

In the age of the internet, knowing a programming language like JavaScript or Python is a handy skill. The good news is that several programming resources are available on the internet, perfect for mastering the basics. When you’re more confident in your skills, invest in classes that offer certifications, which you can add to your resume to give it a boost.


If you have enough land, you can explore opportunities in agriculture. Growing your own plants is an essential skill that can save you lots of money and make you more cash in the process. You can focus on organic fruits and vegetables, which can command premium prices. If you don’t have a green thumb, you can try reselling herbs and ornamental plants in nice vases. It’s not easy money, but it’s definitely fulfilling.

Photo Organization

You probably have several photo albums and boxes at home filled with snapshots from times gone by. Have you ever thought about sorting the images, scanning them, and creating digital backups of your family’s memories? More importantly, have you considered doing this for others? By being a photo organizer, you can help people manage their printed and digital photo collections and tell their stories in the best way. The Photo Managers offers a certification course to get you started on this path.

Graphic Design

Artistic folks can monetize their talent by dabbling in graphic design. Mastery of essential design programs such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign can land you full-time or freelance work in several industries. There are several resources available online, both free and paid.

Marianne is Nixplay’s Web Content Editor. Her hobbies include exploring new places, playing table tennis, and cuddling puppies. Send her a message at marianne.salazar@nixplay.com.

Lisa Winningkoff

Meet A Photo Organizer: Lisa Winningkoff of Photos | Stories | Legacies

I’m Lisa Winningkoff, a wife, mother of two young adults, CPA, and professional photo organizer based in New Orleans. After working in a corporate role for more than 25 years, my position was eliminated as the result of a merger. Rather than mourn that loss, I looked at the experience as a gift that allowed me to design the next chapter of my life.

I knew I wanted to do something fun and creative that will delight others while making the most of my skills and background. I have been organized since childhood, and I really enjoyed creating photo albums of family vacations. It didn’t take long for me to realize that helping others preserve, share, and enjoy their photos was a dream come true. My next chapter had arrived.

As a professional photo organizer, I create libraries of memories to share and enjoy by managing lifetime collections of photos and stories. Most clients I work with have two main goals: (1) to know that their photos and memories are safe; and (2) to be able to enjoy and share them in a variety of ways. That might mean beautiful photo albums, lovely framed prints, or a digital display of their favorite moments. It’s so rewarding to see a client’s anxiety transform into relief and joy when they get the chance to see and appreciate their photos. It’s the best feeling in the world.

Since photo organizing as a career and an industry is relatively new, I had a lot to learn. I turned to trusted advisors Sherra Humphreys and Rita Norton from PPO Studio to help me hit the ground running. In addition to being trainers and business coaches, they are active professional photo organizers with VIP clients, making them an excellent resource of information. Their training proved to be invaluable in enhancing my business and technical skills.

What’s your favorite holiday photo? Can you tell us the story behind it?

One of my favorite holiday photos is of my sister and me on Christmas Eve in 1972. Christmas is such a magical time of the year, especially when you’re a child. At the time, I was five and my sister was three. There we were, standing in front of the tree in matching dresses and jumpers (and matching shoes and socks!) that our mother made for us. New Orleans weather in December is famously unpredictable—some years it’s freezing, and other years you need air conditioning to survive. It must have been on the warm side in 1972, because we were wearing short sleeves, above-the-knee dresses, and no tights.

What I like most about this vintage photo is the innocence and anticipation on our faces. If you look closely, you can see that there are few gifts under the tree. This indicates our eagerness to get on with Christmas Eve and go to sleep so that Santa could visit our home in the middle of the night to deliver our gifts. As soon as we’d wake up the next day, we’d jump out of bed, wake up our parents far too early, and rush to the tree to see what was under it.

Much has changed since 1972, but seeing this photo makes me pause, reminisce, and appreciate how sweet it is to hold on to that magical feeling.

That’s such a lovely story! We hope you’ve been able to share it on your Nixplay Frames.

Yes, and I absolutely love my Nixplay frames! I have one on my office desk and another in our living room. Sometimes when I’m working, a fun photo of my children will pop up on the frame and catch my eye. I’ll stop what I’m doing and take a little break to smile and enjoy the memories. Sometimes, if it’s a particularly silly photo, I’ll even laugh out loud.

What I love about the Nixplay frames is how the transition from one photo to the next grabs your attention in a way that a static framed photo does not. If I see a favorite photo when I walk through the living room, five or ten minutes can easily pass while I stand there just watching the show.

As a pro photo organizer, I really appreciate that I can manage the Nixplay frames remotely for my clients. I would create customized playlists for different family gatherings and occasions, and they would always attract a small crowd. One client experienced a death in her family, and she was planning a gathering at her home following the funeral. She called me to gather some photos of her loved one, but she was clearly distraught with grief and overwhelmed with everything else going on. So I told her I would handle this for her.

She was concerned it would take too long or be too much trouble, but in less than 30 minutes I was able to search her organized photo collection, select the best photos of her loved one, create a playlist, and publish it to her frame. I texted her to check if the photos were displaying, and she cried tears of joy. She was so happy to have a loving display that the rest of her family could enjoy, and I was happy to have helped her at such a difficult time.

Inevitably, people are drawn to the frames to see photos that they might not otherwise have an opportunity to view. It really is such a fun and flexible way to enjoy your photos!

Elevating Photo Organization With Nixplay

We (Sherra Humphreys and Rita Norton) are co-founders of PPO Studio, where we provide training for professional photo organizers. In addition to online courses and forms for photo organizers, we host an annual invitation-only Platinum Training event for professional photo organizers.

We started in Destin, FL and then hosted our second, third, and fourth years in Nashville, TN. This is our fifth year, and we’re back in Destin for a mastermind training, wherein we take a deep dive into photo organizing as a profitable business.

It’s a unique combination of smart businesswomen who want to connect with like-minded colleagues and bring their business to the next level. We focus on doing what it takes to build a profitable photo organizing business. Our small group training gives us the opportunity to dive deep with 1:1 conversations that uncover all sorts of business challenges that we can help them work through. We work closely with the ladies to elevate their businesses and provide them with tangible changes to implement, resulting in more profitability and increased passion for a business they already love.

As professional photo organizers, we’re always looking for ways to thrill our clients with their family photos. One of our favorite ways is through a digital frame. Once we have organized the best of the best of the client’s digital photos, loading those photos to the Nixplay website and creating a playlist for them is a beautiful way for them to enjoy their photos. Keeping a copy of digital photos on a family’s Nixplay website (cloud) is a great way to keep your photos safe. Plus, the Nixplay frame’s elegant design always impresses!

For the past two years, we have been thrilled to introduce Nixplay as our featured Premium sponsor. Nixplay gave a welcome reception, a live demonstration of their frames, and delivered a presentation of marketing ideas that taught the attendees how to “wow” their VIP clients with the Nixplay frame. We also love surprising our attendees with Nixplay Smart photo frames that they get to take home with them. The frames get better and better each year, and the HD screen quality of the frame we gave away this 2019 was no exception. Simply stunning!

With the holidays upon us, sorting through your family’s photo collection with the help of a professional photo organizer can really be magical. Those special holiday photos can all be put on one playlist in your Nixplay account and played throughout the holidays. It’s really fun to see photos in a theme and that’s how we often use the playlists for our clients. The frame sparks conversations and memories that help us all remember the stories that go with our photos. Remembering those we’ve lost and those we love…from babies to grandparents, our photos help us share stories for generations to come!

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