Curating your Photography Collection

Feeling overwhelmed by the thought of organising all your photos?

Perhaps you have boxes of old prints and negatives in your cupboards that need sorting?

Or do you need help to preserve and share a lifetime of memories?

An immediate solution could be annabel’s in-house photographic consultant who is on-hand (or currently on-Zoom) to guide you step-by-step from how to digitise your photography collection to establishing archiving solutions and curating beautiful photobooks.

Step One | Project Management

It is common to feel overwhelmed at the start of a new project, especially one that has been on the “to-do list” for a while, but we can help navigate you through the early planning stages including addressing the “Where do I start?” question.

By setting up a system to sort and organise your photographs, slides and negatives you will have a clear plan on how to achieve your end-goal in the timescales available whilst maintaining the feeling of being in control throughout the process.

Step Two | Digitisation

Digitisation, the conversion of negatives or prints into a digital form that can be processed by a computer, is a hotly debated topic with a minefield of information available on the best way to do this.

Let us maximise your time most efficiently by researching the options available for digitising your collection including the best “at-home” scanners, smart phone apps or, more traditionally, tried and tested outsourcing services. We can also advise on the best file format and sizing whilst de-busting all the jargon along the way including what DPI’s, KB’s and TIFF’s actually mean!

Step Three | Image Storage (online)

Once you have selected your preferred digitisation option, we can then help you to decide how to name, file and store the digital images. Often it is near impossible to date photos (especially if you have inherited them along the way), and one solution could be to classify into decades first, followed by years for more recent images, providing as much detail as possible along the way (family, work, personal life etc.) Once organised and stored, a backup strategy is very important.

Step Four | Archiving Solutions

We can research and advise on the best ways to store your original negatives and prints and explain the importance of using acid free materials to prevent damage regardless of your chosen solution.

Step Five | Curating Photobooks

The final, and perhaps most-rewarding stage in the process, is to look at sample photo books (both online and offline options); discuss style and design preferences and the associated price options. Should you wish, we can then create a storyline by analysing all your selected photos and build a layout that will best illustrate them on each page. We can produce any kind of photo book including:

  • Holidays
  • Weddings
  • Milestone occasions; including lockdown life!
  • Reunions
  • Memories of family life
  • Reproduction of old family archives and albums
  • Events
  • Marketing & Advertising

annabel offer

annabel is offering an initial one-hour online consultation for £50 + VAT on how to curate your photography collection. To find out more, or to book your consultation, please contact help@annabel.co.uk or Annabel Bunch on 07808 578260.



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