The purpose of this survey is to find out: (1) the current state of people's photo collections in this digital age; (2) the challenges faced in dealing with and managing the increasing number of photos we have and take; and (3) the solutions you and others need to overcome these challenges so you can interact with and enjoy your photos in a more satsifying and stress-free way.

Based on the results, I can then create and offer the best services, products, how-tos, tips, ideas, etc., to make photos a more pleasurable and managable experience for you and others! I will also be sharing the results with hundreds of other Personal Photo Organizers around the world so we can all better serve the photo-loving community.

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* 1. Are you male or female?

* 2. What is your age?

* 3. How much total combined money did all members of your HOUSEHOLD earn last year?

* 4. If you have printed photos (e.g., old family photos, your childhood photos or those of your kids) you know you should get scanned before they get lost or damaged, what are the reasons you haven't done it yet? (Select as many as apply.)

* 5. Imagine you decided to get your printed photos scanned so they'd be safely archived and ready to enjoy. Rate how you would consider each factor in your decision to move forward with the project . 1 = Not important. 3 = Somewhat important. 5 = Extremely important.

  1 2 3 4 5
Time investment. I would want to organize and purge my photos on my own first.
Attend a local photo organizing class for hands-on help.
Hire a photo organizing expert to organize my photos FOR ME first.
Hire a photo organizing expert to HELP ME organize and purge my photos first.
Cost involved to get them scanned.
Scanning business must be local. I WILL NOT send my photos through the mail.
I prefer to entrust my photos to a person that cares about them as much as I do and can accomodate my needs. I enjoy doing business with a person, not a company.
Options available such as: different scanning resolutions (300 dpi and 600 dpi); color correction; grouping photos into folders for easier organizing later; available for downloading from the Web.
How long the person/company has been in business.
I prefer to work with and support local, small business owners over big box stores.
Needs to be a store-front (retail) business. 

* 6. How well do you manage your digital photo collection? (Select as many as apply.)

* 7. How does your ever-growing digital photo collection make you feel? (Select as many as apply.)

* 8. You decide to get your digital photos organized. Based on the options below, rank them in the order in which would want to accomplish the task. For example, "1" would be your first choice, "2" would be your second choice, etc., with "8" being the last method you would want to use to get your photos organized.

* 9. In a perfect world in which all your photos are magically scanned and organized for you and are ready to enjoy, what do you see yourself doing or creating with them? (Select all that apply.)

* 10. In a few words, share your feelings as they relate to the questions below.