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Meet Rachel Arbuckle of 2000 Paces Photo Organizing in North County

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rachel Arbuckle.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Rachel. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
In 2014, a series of fierce fires ripped through San Diego County, the largest of which started on the mountain just behind my home. I had only minutes to grab a few items. My instinct was to gather all of our photos, but I panicked when I realized my precious memories were all over our home in boxes, picture frames, albums and various digital formats. I grabbed what I could and our family headed to safety. After many days of worry, we were able to return home to the memories we had to leave behind. Thankfully, our home was spared, but others in our community were not as fortunate. This experience not only solidified my commitment to protect my family’s collection of photos but prompted me to found 2000 Paces Photo Organizing, encouraging others to organize and protect their important memories.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Photo organizing is still a very new industry and there are often more questions than there are answers! Learning techniques and developing processes to organize and protect memories captured using older technology, while simultaneously trying to keep up with today’s rapidly changing photo and video environment is certainly a challenge. When clients approach me for help, they often have feelings of anxiety or guilt regarding the state of their photo collection. They want to know that the services we are providing have been carefully evaluated and tested. One resource that has been invaluable is the Association of Personal Photo Organizers (www.appo.org). I recently attended my third annual conference in North Carolina where I collaborated with business owners throughout the United States and Canada discussing best practices and new ideas.

Please tell us about 2000 Paces Photo Organizing.
2000 Paces, in ancient times, represented a day’s journey.

We help our clients organize, protect and share the memories of their journey so they can focus on making more memories. We provide a variety of services to achieve that goal.

Imagine typing your child’s name into a search bar and all of his or her photos appeared on your computer screen, enabling you to share them with relatives in other states or make a photo book highlighting a volleyball season or create a video slideshow displaying photos from each year at a graduation celebration. What if all your photos and videos were not only organized and easy to find, but were also safely backed up and protected in the event of a fire, flood or other disasters? We provide comprehensive and unique services and solutions to gather, organize, digitize, convert, share and protect your photos, videos, and memorabilia.

Our business provides services that were previously unavailable but desired by many people too overwhelmed to tackle their collection of memories alone. We differentiate ourselves because we strive to create an exclusive, “boutique” experience for each of our clients, recognizing and respecting the importance of their memories.

I am truly passionate about what we are doing. I am reminded every day that we provide something beyond simply organizing, whether it be the smiles and tears of someone perusing through photos they hadn’t seen in years or the relief seen in their expression when they know their photos are finally safe.

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Nick Kelsh, Cassie Bauckman

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