Seattle Photo Organizing Brings New Life to Old Pics

How a whip-smart, tech-savvy organizer can tame your online and print photo chaos
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Somewhere in our attics or basements lurk dusty boxes containing old family photos, newspaper clippings, marriage licenses, death certificates, maybe even an 8-mm movie taken long ago—remnants of the past and orphans of the digital age. It’s a shame to abandon those precious personal effects, but a daunting task to organize them in a meaningful way. North Seattle–based Molly Bullard, owner of Seattle Photo Organizing (seattlephotoorganizing.com), understands that completely. “People can’t make a photo album until they deal with the boxes and boxes,” she says, “which is an intense and personal experience. They want to share the photos, but feel guilty for not doing anything with them for so long.”

As part of her business, Bullard, a former data analyst, gently shepherds clients through the process of sorting, saving, scanning or tossing those paper memories, readying them for a slideshow or photo book, or more frequently, creating a digital archive of them. After preserving the originals, Bullard neatly and precisely organizes the scans into well-labeled files, by subject or date or family member, into an easily accessible virtual filing cabinet on both the client’s computer and in a secure spot online, such as Dropbox.com or in the cloud on iPhoto. She also helps people who have perhaps only ever taken a digital picture—new parents, for example, and those whose iPhoto libraries are a disorganized and confusing mess.

The core of her business, however, is ensuring that her clients understand their computers and how to protect their digital life. “I’m passionate about teaching people how their computer works and how changing their preferences can help to make their digital life more successful,” says the mother of three who is always mindful of personal security and the threat of identity theft. “Photos are a good lead-in to the rest of it.” Bullard charges an average of $125 per hour for on-site organizing and digital photo training, and 70 cents per scanned photo as large as 8 by 10 inches.

The Must List: Angel Olsen, A Moveable Feast, The Pajama Game

The Must List: Angel Olsen, A Moveable Feast, The Pajama Game

What to do in Seattle in the weeks ahead
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Singer/songwriter Angel Olsen plays the Neptune this Saturday

Must Get Tickets
Angel Olsen
(2/18, 9 p.m.) Asheville, North Carolina-based Angel Olsen’s 2016 third album, My Woman, was recorded as an experiment, the singer/songwriter told Spin, a response to “the complicated mess of being a woman.” A composite of styles ranging from gritty, lo-fi, Kinks-esque pop to somber country noir to the Lana Del Rey-indebted “Intern,” the album was well received by critics, many calling it her best yet. But it’s her voice that occupies the biggest spotlight on it: aching, smoldering vocals somewhere between Sharon Von Etten and Deborah Harry, just as distinctive, just as captivating. Likely SOLD OUT. Neptune Theatre, stgpresents.org

Must Love Paris
A Moveable Feast
(Through April 2, 8 p.m.) Two theatrical venues both alike in vision, full of sound and fury, signifying a delectably entertaining evening of spectacle and dining. And each actor and waiter plays their part. Café Nordo joins forces for the first time with Book-it Repertory Theatre to transport audiences back to 1920s Paris, where Ernest Hemingway’s memoir A Moveable Feast comes to life. Audiences will have a dinner date with struggling young Hemingway as he rubs elbows in the salon of Gertrude Stein at 27 rue de Fleurus with the likes of Sylvia Beach, Aleister Crowley, F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, James Joyce and Ezra Pound. Watch the literary drama unfold while a four-course meal underscores the action onstage. Prices vary. Book-It Repertory Theatre, book-it.org 

Must Get Fit
JAG x Fitcode Denim Fit Lab
(2/18, 12 p.m.-5 p.m.) A good pair of jeans is hard to find! Enter styling and consulting experts, Styled Seattle, who are partnering with JAG Jeans and Fitcode at Westfield Southcenter’s My Style Suite (Level 1, next to Aveda) to help you find your best fitting pair yet. JAG Jeans offers sizes from petite 0–24W in a variety of cuts, while Fitcode technology helps women find their best fit with a short questionnaire, measurements need not apply. The event includes discounts on JAG Jeans, as well as a chance to schedule a session with a Styled Seattle professional. Best of all, it’s free! westfield.com/southcenter/events/all-events

Must Remember
Year of Remembrance: Glimpses of a Forever Foreigner
(2/17 through 2018) On February 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066 authorizing the Secretary of War to prescribe certain areas as military zones. This cleared the way for the forced removal and internment of 120,000 Japanese and Japanese Americans. The Wing Luke Museum’s new exhibit, Year of Remembrance: Glimpses of a Forever Foreigner, examines the historic and contemporary issues of racism, discrimination and human rights through the artwork of Roger Shimomura and the poetry of Lawrence Matsuda. The show’s goal is to shed a light on injustice that’s inflicted upon American groups who are ethnically, religiously or racially diverse. The time and the players are different but the events of yesterday are eerily similar to today. Times and prices vary. Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, wingluke.org/year-remembrance

Must Pillow Fight
The Pajama Game
(Through 3/5, times vary) A 7.5-cent pay raise is at the center of a conflict between management and the workers in the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory in this triple Tony Award winner. A sensational Seattle cast stars in the musical that defined Bob Fosse’s signature style with seductive dance numbers like “Steam Heat” and “Hey There.” You’ll have stars in your eyes. Prices vary. 5th Avenue Theatre, 5thavenue.org