Photo Archaeology

A comprehensive masterclass in creating a sustainable digital, physical and heritage photo organization system

Tell me friend,

  • Are your photos a hot mess?
  • Do you find it near impossible to find a favorite photo on your computer?
  • Are you overwhelmed by thousands of photos in various folders on your hard drive? Or maybe they're spread across multiple devices, like CD's, external hard drives and flash drives?
  • Do you have boxes of photo prints hiding in a closet, waiting for you to organize and digitize them?
  • Did you inherit a box full of old family photos and you have no idea where to start?

******* If you answered "YES" to any of the above questions, I can help! *******

With Photo Archaeology you'll tame the mess, and will quickly be able to find photos you're looking for so you can create scrapbooks, photo books, wall art.

Your life is not all digital. Let me help you organize your ENTIRE photo library.

Most of the photo organization resources currently available only address one aspect of photography -- digital files. While the abundance and resulting paralysis from overwhelm of digital photos is a real issue, there is another elephant in the room. Your physical prints.

Photo Archaeology is a COMPLETE photo management system designed to maintain ALL your physical and digital photos in a SINGLE PHOTO LIBRARY.

Imagine needing to put together a photo collage or create table centerpieces for your child's graduation or a loved ones birthday or anniversary. How long would it take you?

What You'll Get

  • Freedom from photo chaos
  • The ability to celebrate your life and tell your stories with ease
  • Immediate access to 8 modules of instruction covering the entire life cycle of photo organization
  • PDF handouts recapping all course concepts and action steps
  • Multiple printables to help you along your journey, including a Family Timeline Worksheet and a Photo Triage Checklist
  • Email access to me for questions and support
  • An invitation to join our Photo Archaeology Facebook community, where I will be hosting live chats weekly, and interacting with students on a regular basis (Monday through Friday)

Your Instructor

Diane Downs
Diane Downs

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Hi! My name is Diane. I am a photographer and chronic organizer.

The Photo Archaeology System was born at the same time as my first son, 21 years ago. As most new parents do, we took a ton of photos of our adorable new baby. Because of course we did! He was the cutest baby in the whole world! Our childcare plans included my mom sitting for him on Wednesdays. As most new grandparents do, she took a ton of photos of her adorable new grandson. To the tune of 3 rolls of film a week, of which I got all the doubles. It quickly became apparent to me that I needed a system to maintain all of those photos.

Fast forward 8 years to the birth of my third baby, and the birth of the digital age. No longer constrained to 36 exposures - armed with a camera that conceivably had no limit, and a girl after two boys, I took thousands of photos. The amount of photos I took of Eric in 1996 paled in comparison to how many I took of Makenna in 2004. It became apparent to me that I needed a more comprehensive system. Building on my physical system, I created a complete photo library, that considers all photos, whether physical, digital or heritage.

18 years after my first son was born this system allowed me to celebrate his life in photos at his high school graduation. After 90 minutes of selecting, I had 200+ of the best photos of him printed for table centerpieces at his graduation party. Without the Photo Archaeology System, I never would have found those photos spanning pre-digital and post-digital years, or it would have taken me weeks and the photos would have included a fair number of mediocre shots.

This system has also allowed me to preserve family heritage photos when I inherited them from my grandmother on her passing. With the Photo Archaeology system in place, I can easily share those heritage photos with other family members and begin to piece together our extended family's story.

I'm glad you're here.

What You'll Learn

  • A system for organizing your complete photo library - including digital, physical and heritage photos
  • The Life Cycle of a Photo and how to manage new photos coming into the library, regardless of their origin

Class Dates:

Photo Archaeology is a self-paced e-course. Once payment has been made you’ll get a receipt and a link to the private class page. On that page you’ll find all the videos, transcripts, MP3s, PDFs and the link to the private Facebook group. You’ll be getting everything in one hit but obviously it’s best to work through the videos and content at a pace that suits you. Make yourself a coffee, grab your notebook and settle in to watch a video — one module a week is ideal.

Class Curriculum

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much does the course cost?
The total cost of the course is $179
Do you offer a payment plan?
Not at this time.
Do I have to be in class at certain times?
No, there are no set times when you have to be in class. My workshops are set up so that you can participate when its convenient for you. You'll have 24 hour access to the classroom. The time needed to complete the lessons is dependent on how many photos you have and the current state they are in.
How long do I have access to the course?
A personal copy of the workshop materials, including handouts and worksheets are yours to keep indefinitely. You will have access to the online classroom for as long as Photo Archaeology is alive (and I expect it to live a long, happy, healthy life).
Will you be teaching a specific photo organizing software?
The short answer is no. The principals you will be learning transcend the nuances of the software program of your choice. The Photo Archaeology system is the foundation on which the software runs. There are many photo organizing software products to choose from, ranging from free to a couple hundred dollars. Since programs come and go and are updated regularly, I am not well versed in the specific functioning of every program available. However, I am fluent in Lightroom, and am more than happy to provide in-depth assistance as requested for that particular program.
What is your refund policy?
I want you to be completely saitisfied with your purchase. If for any reason you are not, a full refund will be given within the first 30 days, no questions asked.
How do I contact you during class if I have questions?
Included with the course is access to a PRIVATE facebook group. Members of the group can be seen by anyone, but only those in the group can see what you post. I will be active in the group and answer all questions. Please tag me @dianedowns to ensure I am alerted to your question. I will also do one Facebook Live session per week where you can ask questions. If you prefer, you can always contact me via email at diane {at} dianedownsphotography {dot} com

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