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Our friends over at Sparefoot have created the most awesome infographic (see it below) on our relationships with our photos and we can deal with them. The statistics are mind-boggling!

That’s a Lot of Photos

Every month people take more than 10 billion photos and in 2017 that number is estimated to grow to over 1.3 trillion. That’s trillion with a “T”. No wonder we are all overwhelmed by our pictures.

By 2017 we will take over 1.3 Trillion pictures every month. via @sparefoot #saveyourphotos Click To Tweet

Do You Know Where Your Photos Are?

The average consumer has between 10,000 and 15,000 photos, both print and digital. It’s no wonder that we don’t know where to start.  All together more than 1.7 trillion paper photos are stored in albums (that can be bad), attics (no, don’t do it!) or shoeboxes (not good). Aren’t your family photos worth more to you than that?

The average person has between 10,000 & 15,000 photos. Yikes! via @sparefoot #saveyourphotos Click To Tweet

Have a Digital Backup (or 2 or 3)

Some people have no backups of their digital photos. Other people have only one back-up which is scary when you realize that 22% of hard drives fail in 4 years and the average lifespan of a DVD or CD is 2 to 10 years.  The 3-2-1 method is a good place to start. The idea is to have 3 different copies of important files (1 primary, 2 backups) in at least 2 different kinds of media and to keep 1 backup offsite (i.e. not at your home.).

Have multiple backups of your digital photos. 22% of hard drives fail in 4 years. via @sparefoot #saveyourphotos Click To Tweet

So Many Choices

Two years ago there were over 10,000 photo-related apps available. I’m sure many of those have disappeared, while many more have come into the market. The same is true with photo storage services. Once more, are you surprised you are so overwhelmed? I’m overwhelmed and I’m a photo organizer!

What You Can Do Right Now

Just hop over to the Save Your Photos website and check out their blog (or visit The Photo Organizers blog. It’s a great one too.). 

If you are just to overwhelmed to do it yourself, visit the Association of Personal Photo Organizers website and contact a Photo Organizer (like me) near you.


September is Save Your Photos Month, and SpareFoot partnered with the Association of Personal Photo Organizers (APPO), by creating this infographic to help you organize and store your photo collection.


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