Personal Training

We offer local and remote personal training. If you want to tackle the photo organization project yourself but need some guidance on software, have questions about workflows to accomplish the best results or want to learn the ABCs of photo organization from a pro, Personal Training may be right for you.

Personal Training Services We Provide

All of our one-on-one personal training services are provided by a Certified Personal Photo Organizer.  We create a customized Photo Fitness Plan for you based on your unique needs and goals.  Whether it is a one-time session or a series, you will have the opportunity to ask questions and get the support, guidance and encouragement you need to feel confident and comfortable in the preservation and protection of your photo collection.  Most personal training sessions can be done remotely via video conferencing if you prefer it or are not local to us.

Below are typical services we are asked to provide.  If you need personal training on a photo-related subject that isn’t listed, get in touch and find out if we can help!

Organization Training

If your print or digital photo collection(s) are in complete chaos and you don’t have any clue where to begin, Foundation Training is the place to begin.  We will work one-on-one to learn the basic processes, tools and best practices for getting your photo collection in order so you can enjoy the memories of your life’s story.

Some areas we have helped clients with in the past:

  • How to organize print and/or digital photos into logical groupings by date or theme.
  • Learning to scan prints, slides or negatives to preserve them before they are damaged or lost.
  • Setting up a backup system that protects your photos without you having to lift a finger.
  • How to use tools to make identifying and removing duplicates easy and fast.
  • Consolidating photos into a central location (print or digital) so you know how and where to find them.
  • Creating and implementing a naming system so your photos are more easily found and enjoyed.
  • Metatagging and keywording to help find specific photos or groups of photos.
  • Understanding how to use Apple Icloud Photo Library to share your photos on multiple devices.
  • Using Smugmug for storing and sharing photos and videos with distant friends and family.
  • Software tutoring (Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, Windows OS, Scanner-specific software, Deduplication, Advanced Renaming, etc.)

Scanning Training

Do you have your own scanner but need some help understanding how to use it to get the best possible quality for your photos?  Maybe you have slides or negatives but aren’t sure how to use the masks or software?  Whether you are completely new to scanning and want a “getting acquainted” session with your equipment or software or are working on a specific type of photo and need help finding a solution to digitize it, we are able to offer our 50+ combined years of experience to help you.

As with all of our personal training sessions, we will assess where you are and build a plan to get you where you want to be so you can successfully preserve and protect your photos and the stories they tell.

Photo Book Training

If you are interested in learning how to create a photo book of your most cherished memories but need some help learning your way around the software or figuring out where to print and how to get your photo book transferred to the printer, we can help!  We are experienced with many current photo book creation applications (ie. Forever Artisan, Adobe InDesign, Picaboo, Memento, FotoFusion and more) and can structure training that is geared to helping you learn exactly what you need to know to successfully design and print your own books.  You can decide if you just need a refresher or want to schedule regular sessions to learn something new from the ground up!

Sharing Training

Maybe you have a pretty good system in place for protecting and preserving and you are ready to set up an easy-to-use and maintain system for sharing your memories with friends and family.  Web-based sharing options can be overwhelming!  How do you know where you can put your photos safely?  What will you do if the provider decides to take down their website and your photos along with it?  We will help by offering solutions for those situations and more.

Some ways we have helped our clients share their photos online:

 

  • Understanding how to use Apple Icloud Photo Library to share your photos on multiple devices.
  • Using Smugmug for storing and sharing photos and videos with distant friends and family.
  • Creating albums on Forever for you to share and enjoy and future generations to inherit.
  • Creating video slideshows and montages using web-based tools, quickly and easily.

Local?

Schedule an appointment that’s convienient for you and meet with a Pro at the Gym.  You tell us what you want to accomplish and we tell you how to do it.  You will receive instruction, hands-on demonstration (if necessary) and a photo fitness plan with complete information to keep you on the right track.

Remote?

If you aren’t local, don’t worry, we can still help!  Using remote access and screen sharing while communicating with you via phone, email or skype, you can get the help you need to get your photos fit from the comfort of your own home!

Get Started Today!

Personal Training Sessions are $60 per hour.

To schedule your first session, click the link below.   We’ll contact you to confirm the date/time within 24 hours.

Kathy Baldridge

Kathy Baldridge

Certified Personal Photo Organizer

I love working with people to preserve, protect and enjoy their memories. My greatest satisfaction is seeing the shine in a person’s eyes, unlocked by a discovered memory from a photo or video that was previously forgotten or unable to be accessed.

I am a Certified Personal Photo Organizer. After working for over 25 years in technology and design for organizations such as Sungard Higher Education, IBM and the State Historical Society of Missouri, I Co-Founded Photo Gym in 2017 with my husband, Dan.  I learned a lot about storytelling in my corporate career and now I focus my knowledge and experience on helping you tell your story.

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