One door closes, another opens.
And happily, the door that has opened is a natural extension of what I've been doing for so many years.
For as long as I can remember, I've been taking photos and telling the stories that go along with them. Our photos tell our stories...they capture the moments that define our lives. But if you don't write those stories down, they get lost along the way. So for years, I have been creating albums for myself, and later my family, documenting both the visual piece and the story.
For many years, I was a direct seller for a company specializing in memory preservation. It was an amazing experience. This allowed me, a stay at home soccer mom with three very active kids, to work around my own schedule and earn some extra income. In the beginning, it was definitely out of my comfort zone. But I found I genuinely enjoying meeting people, hearing their stories and helping them choose the right products to meet their needs. I met many women (and men) along the way who feel as strongly about preserving their memories as I do. I made close friends that I never would have met otherwise, from across the country to my own backyard. And I gained invaluable experience.
For the last couple of years, I've belonged to APPO, the Association of Personal Photo Organizers. This organization has members across the US and Canada (and even some members in Europe, Australia, and New Zealand!) who help people who are overwhelmed by their printed and digital photos. Our clients truly want to get their memories organized into formats they can enjoy, whether its simply getting those printed photos into a box, or creating a photo book or slide show, or even a piece of wall art! However, they simply don't have the time to do it themselves, or the thought of doing it paralyzes them. This too has been an amazing experience. Its an honor to be allowed into the most precious moments of my clients' lives. I've had the opportunity to work with people on everything from getting their loose pictures sorted into photo safe boxes to creating photo books to photo slide shows set to music and much more!
And now I have yet another opportunity to continue working in this industry, in a completely new way. APPO is now sponsored by a new start-up company called Linea Photosharing, a technology company offering products to store and share digital images securely with family and friends. I've been offered a position in this new venture involving these two companies. I'll be sharing more in weeks and months to come, but if you'd like to see more about what APPO is all about, you can always check out our site at www.appo.org. I'm excited about whats to come...and I love that feeling of walking through a new door!