I meet new people every month and invariably the conversation turns to work. When I mention that I’m known as the Photo Detective, a puzzled look is the response.
“What do you do?”
I explain. Your grandmother (or other relative) gives you a box of family photos some with names and others unlabeled. I help you tell the story of your family using those pictures.
I usually share this simple message about pictures and stories. See the picture. Study the clues. Insert the family history. Tell the story. But the fact is, the process is much more complicated. Clients that meet with me know that I bring to the table a lifetime of picture knowledge and decades of family history expertise. Pictures are my passion and history my hobby. It all comes together in photo mysteries.
If you have a single photo or a box load of unidentified images, I can help. Really!
Consultation and Coaching
For years I’ve used “consultation” as a one word descriptor for private meetings with clients to discuss their mystery pictures. In fact, these consultations are a lot more than a conversation. They’re part photo analysis and part forensic family history.
I began my career as a genealogical librarian working in a reference capacity assisting with both image and information research. I cut my baby teeth at the Rhode Island Historical Society and my molars at the New England Historic Genealogical Society. Knowing what questions to ask and how to utilize forensic techniques means that I’m extremely well-suited for solving these mysteries.
Picture interpretation and analysis consists of more than costume clues and photographer’s evidence.
Photo consultations almost always include my suggestions about other types of research avenues worth considering. Picture evidence often extends into unexplored family history. I’ll provide real details and concrete suggestions to push your genealogical research forward.
Why sign up for a consultation?
Those fifteen minutes can change your research. Literally. Here are stories from my client files.
Your grandmother told you who was in a picture BUT the picture clues add up differently. Suddenly you realize that picture is of a great-great grandparent you don’t know and it was taken overseas! I’ll discuss the clues and action steps for finding out new information.
A cousin told you that the family photo they found online is definitely a certain relative. The evidence suggests otherwise. Life dates for that relative don’t add up to the photo evidence. I’ll double-check your research, study the photo and provide guidance on who might be depicted.
The box of pictures you inherited came from your mother, but what side of the family posed for all these pictures and who are they. We’ll work on them one by one.
The pictures are just the beginning. Learn more here. More in-depth coaching is available by request. (If you have more than three pictures, ask about my discount package.)
You Pick When and How We Meet
You pick a time slot that works for your schedule on my website AND every consultation is recorded.
Phone: We both call my conference line.
Skype: If you have access to Skype we can meet in a virtual face to face and if you haven’t had time to scan your images and send them to me, you can hold them up to your webcam. This really works. When all the flights from my home city to a lecture got canceled, I was still able to see photos that attendees brought with them.
FaceTime: Do you have an iPad or iPhone? We can talk face to face using this technology as well. I had a great time chatting with a woman in Australia last year. The time difference was tough, but it was great to say hello to a person in another part of the world.