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Organized photographs are the best way to keep your memories in order

10 Tips for Organizing Photos Fast


Today’s post is by Janice Russell, a professional organizer in Cary, N.C. who has been helping people find order at home and work for more than 15 years. Learn more at


Photos are a wonderful invention, and we’re all glad to have images to help us remember moments in our lives. But the number of digital and printed images can easily get out of hand. Soon, you’re stuck with thousands of photos and no way to enjoy them. Get your photo stash organized fast with these 10 tips.


  1. Start with the new. You might have boxes of old photos (or even slides!) hanging around, but getting organized starts with today’s images. You can address the backlog later.


  1. Create an easy system. The keyword is “easy.” There are many ways to organize photos. Which way works for you? What will you remember? One good way to start is to sort the photos into folders by date — or at least by year. So to follow Tip No. 1, grab any photos you’ve taken this year and put them into a folder with the year on it. (This applies to both digital and printed images.) If you’re feeling motivated, sort those photos into folders by month.


  1. Name every digital photo. Anything is better than DSC0456. Change the file name to “momsbirthday” or “ride_at_thepark_051717″ (date) or whatever you want! Use people’s names if you can. You may want to consider establishing standard naming structures. For instance, if it is a family event: event_person’s name, if applicable_date. So it might be” anniversary_mom and dad_2017.” Or if it is a vacation: city_state or country_specific location_date. So it might be “Madrid_Spain_Royal Palace_051816” (date).


  1. Consider software to help. One example is Forever Historian, which helps you sort and tag images on your computer.


  1. Set up a backup system. You might try Picture Keeper, but there are many others. The point is to make sure your photos are stored in more than one location. If there is a fire or your computer is lost or damaged, you may lose all your images.


  1. Figure out a process for getting photos off your phone/camera and onto your computer. It’s easy to end up with hundreds of photos on your phone, but not sorted in a meaningful way. Decide how you will do this. Examples:
  • Automatically have the images upload to an app called Dropbox from your phone. Set a time to sort through the images
  • Once a week sit down and transfer the images. The key is to set a time/day to do this.


  1. Don’t be shy about deleting. Whether you’re attacking an old box of crinkled prints or going through your phone, delete ruthlessly. Get rid of the photos with thumbs, the ones that are blurry. Get rid of the images you don’t care about, the ones you took just to post an image of your lunch on Facebook. (Learn more about understanding the purpose of your picture.)


  1. Schedule a time to manage the backlog, but do so in short stints. For example, you might spend five minutes each day after dinner on the task. Or complete one box per week.


  1. Make a pile of any slides you have and set up a time to get those converted to a digital format. There are services where you can send them to have this done. Memories Renewed, DigMyPix, and LegacyBox are just a few options.


  1. Make sure to store printed images in a temperature controlled environment. Even if you haven’t gotten around to sorting and labeling them, at least move them out of the attic.


Organizing photos can feel like a monumental task, but if you take it one step at a time, you will be able to find and enjoy your memories.

Women Entrepreneurs make for amazing photo shoots!

Strong, confident women

Empower! Connect! Control! Fulfill!  That is just some of the words that I think of when I define how it feels to be a woman entrepreneur.  Women entrepreneurs make for amazing photo shoots!  I would have never guessed that almost 10 years ago, I would become the owner of a very successful digital and art company.  Yes, Tesh is the artist, he is the Master photographer, but I am the face of the company and I ROCK!   I was thinking about what my absolute favorite type of client is the other day and it came to me that although I love all of my clients, I am especially drawn to the woman entrepreneur.  When women make up their minds to do something, consider it done and I love the energy they put out.  I feed off of it actually.  There is something about meeting them right as they have decided that they are going off on their own, or finally, after taking care of everyone else, they are going to do something for themselves.  They are diverse, surprising, scared, unsure, strong, confident, from one side of the spectrum to the other ~ their senses heightened and the surge is undeniable.

Women entrepreneurs want to be successful and I love how it shows in their photos.

Successful, engaging, strong

I have always fed off of energy.  I can walk into a room and know that someone is sad or angry or there is someone nervous.  Being the keeper of the peace child, I was able to diffuse situations by being whatever I needed to be to calm the situation down.  When I am with strong women, confident women, excited and nervous at the same time women, I am their calm and when they come to my studio, they know that we will take the time to capture mostly what they want the world to see but sometimes, we capture them as who they never thought they could be and THAT is what fills and fuels  my passion.


Empowering Women Campaign

I want to photograph you all!  All of the women that want to start a business, grow a business, or re-brand a business. I want to help you be a success as you are creating your vision and image for your company.  I want to help empower you through photography.  THIS is how I give back. Call me to discuss your empowerment photo shoot today!  919-270-2510


A beautiful Sangeet and Menhdi style shoot

Join us for a Sangeet that will heighten your senses, and transport you into an event where the bride is being celebrated by her family and everything is a celebration during an Indian wedding ~ down to the clothes.

Preeti Waas, Creative Director of Mehar Events, showcases her talent at this event by bringing out all of the elements necessary to produce a fun, interactive celebration that leaves out no detail, or anyone wanting for more.

Tesh Parekh, Owner of IWP Photography & Video and Tesh’s Fine Art, was chosen for the photography because Tesh is a leader in the Indian Wedding Photography market,  in and around the Southeast.  Tesh has been photographing Indian weddings and events since 1996.  Tesh was born in India, and he understands all the cultural and religious aspects of these beautiful events!  His artist flair comes through in the images that he captures throughout the event, details that can’t be recreated or moments that must be preserved.

The Stockroom at 230 is simply perfect for this size event.  It has the charm of historic Raleigh and is in the center of downtown which breathes an electric air into the venue that brings an additional excitement level to your event.  A blank canvas but not really, The Stockroom has exposed brick and wood floors, and offers a view onto Fayetteville Street.  Your guests will be impressed with how any décor you choose will “pop” in this venue and the staff is amazing to work with!  MollyAnne and Alexandria worked closely with Preeti to make sure that all elements were highlighted in this shoot ~ they were very hands on.

Poonam Henna Arts, owned by the beautiful Poonam, an expert in Henna, the art of temporary tattooing that has been around since antiquity, is our go-to for creating the bride and her attendants’ henna.  Her work is straight from the heart and she loves to showcase the energy of the event through her art and enhances everyone’s experience by creating beautiful Henna Art for every guest that would like to experience it.

The food, prepared for this event by Zayka Indian Cuisine, is traditional Indian food for this type of event that the staff took great pride in serving.  The food is a mix of vegetarian and meat dishes and there are the traditional naan, rice and chutneys to accompany the food.  This food radiates off the plates and calls to the guests to come and enjoy while celebrating this wonderful event.  The colors, flavors and aroma have taken on a life of their own and the taste… is exquisite.

No bridal party is completely ready without the help of a wonderful woman, by the name of Margo Codd-Williams.  Her company is Belloviso, and her passion is making you as beautiful as you think you can be and then some.  She wanted a very warm, romantic, and traditional look for this bridal party and in a matter of minutes had the whole party laughing and relaxing and feeling good about their hair and makeup – it really was effortless.   She has a passion for this business and it truly can be seen at every angle.

To complete our event, we had Jeetu Singh play the traditional dhol for the party to help the mood get festive.  What a talent this player has.  He will make anyone get up and move with the music he plays.  He has a wonderful smile and really enjoys seeing your guest come to life on the dance floor.  He will play at any event, and you will love it!

So many beautiful photos were created for this event, so we will showcase on a few of them here on the blog, but you can see all of the photos from the event HERE


Brides hair being style by Belloviso

Brides hair being style by Belloviso


Bridal portrait by IWP Photography & Video


Beautiful Henna


Bridal Portrait


Henna portrait


Group of gentleman dancing


The Bridal dance


The Bride and her Bridal party


Music by G2 Singh Music


Dancing along with G2


The Bride and her brother


Dancing in motion


Dancing in motion


The Bride receiving her henna.


The Bride and her bridal party


beautiful display of Bride’s outfit


Henna being applied


Bride with her maids and their henna art


Bride and her maids

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This was an opportunity of a lifetime – Photographing Roger Daltry & Joan Jett in Philadelphia

WOW WOW WOW…..that is still all I can say, even after a week.   I have so much to say about this event, but for now, I will share some images that we took of these amazing musicians and music icons! Look for a full blog coming soon about this event and definitely more photos!  We were beyond honored to photograph them and they were amazing to work with!!!

Roger Daltrey of the The Who performing for a fundraiser for TCA

Roger Daltrey of the The Who performing for a fundraiser for TCA

Roger Daltrey of The Who

Roger Daltrey of The Who

The Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, PA

The Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, PA

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts performing at the Kimmel Center

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts performing at the Kimmel Center

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

Joan Jett

Joan Jett

Roger Daltrey and Joan Jett

Roger Daltrey and Joan Jett

The Who - Roger Daltrey

Roger Daltrey performing at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia

North Carolina Photographer: 3 alarm e-session and more…

We were in Southport NC this weekend to photograph Arti & Mitesh’s e-session. We love Southport! The session was fun- I will be posting a preview soon. I enjoyed working with Arti & Mitesh and look forward to photographing their wedding in 2013. We stayed at a hotel in Wilmington. Well, someone broke the sprinkler off in their room causing multiple fire alarms to go off between 1 and 3 am (it was Saturday night now wasn’t it?!). So we had to move! My 4 y/o son’s dream of staying up all night came true! Here is one of my favorite images from the session:


Seems like month of July brings early morning excitement each year. Here is an image of 3 AM wedding from last year (you can see more images of this unique wedding here):


Earlier in the week we photographed Chefs of Umstead Hotel & Spa. That session was for a magazine cover. We will be posting more of those images after the magazine gets published.


This week we will be previewing Prutha and Veeral’s wedding events…


– Tesh Parekh

IWP Photography



Press release for our big news!!!! IWP has been nominated for Best Event Photography by ISES!



PRESS RELEASE                                                                                       

Contact: Mica Parekh @

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International Special Events Society

Tesh Parekh, Owner of IWP Photography & Video, Raleigh, NC is an award recipient for the prestigious ISES Esprit Awards from the International Special Events Society (ISES) in the categories of Best Event Photography for Rakhee and Hiten’s Magnificent Indian Wedding.  Tesh has been a special event professional for 10 plus years.  In that time, Tesh has also won Best Entertainment for Weddings, presented to him by NACE for his other talent of LIVE Watercolor Paintings.

The Best Event Photography event nominated for a 2012 ISES Esprit was a beautiful multiple day Indian wedding that captured all the glamour and grandeur of Rakhee and Hiten’s special day.  They wanted a photographer that would capture the details of their event, and the depth of their love, artistically.

Tesh Parekh  says” “Quote”

ISES honors industry excellence through its prestigious awards program, the ISES Esprit Awards which fuel a spirit of competition within designated categories. ISES Esprit Awards gain global visibility and recognition for ISES members. It honors special event professionals who exhibit a “spirit of excellence” in their work. The importance of global industry recognition helps improve industry standards internationally and further promote our professionalism. ISES is dedicated to recognizing excellence in events and rewarding those individuals whose vision and creativity make their events “Special.” (

Memorial Service for the Fallen North Carolina Firefighters – by Raleigh Commercial and Editorial Photographer

I have to admit that I complain a lot. About almost everything- business, bills, insurance, weather, health, government, traffic, social media, internet, smartphones, f-stops, shutter speeds, ISO- the list goes on… And then I find myself photographing the memorial service for fallen firefighters. I am in a room (a big one- ballroom at the Raleigh Convention Center) full of these brave firefighters, their families and friends. And candles which are symbolic of the fallen firefighters. And there are many candles. Each fallen firefighter will be remembered. Each candle will be lit. Loved ones of the fallen firefighter will stand up (some more than once). It is quiet in the room, except for the announcement of names. This brotherhood is strong. I salute the ones who are present in the room and pray for the ones who are being remembered. Thank you for your sacrifices. Thank you for risking your lives and everything else to save others. At end of the service, loved ones will find candles of their fallen ones. I have friends who are firefighters. And I have friends who were saved by the firefighters. Just looking at these images brings tears to my eyes…

– Tesh Parekh

IWP Photography




Bill Cowher (ex-Pittsburgh Steelers coach) delivered the keynote address earlier in the day.


Lotus Survival Foundation: St. Petersburg, Florida Retreat (Day 4 Seminars) by Raleigh Corporate Events Photographer

Our last day of the photo and video assignment for the Lotus Survival Foundation. We will leave St. Petersburg, Florida tomorrow and head home to Raleigh. We were honored to be part of this retreat. We have met many wonderful participants, speakers and Lotus team members. Claudia and Jose Aguirre continue to amaze us! We thank them for this wonderful opportunity. Today’s featured speakers were Amy Sear, and Scott Phillips. Amy gave a seminar on Asian secrets of self-healing. Scott, who is with Oncology at the Heritage hospital, gave a seminar on Patient Navigation. Very useful information. Lotus Foundation will be sharing information that can benefit both survivors and caregivers. Please check Foundation’s website: in next few days.

This concludes our photography posts on the retreat. We will be posting video clips in next few days. Tesh is working on Tina and Divakar’s Wedding images and will be posting Ceremony and Reception preview soon.

– Tesh & Mica Parekh

IWP Photography

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Lotus Survival Foundation: St. Petersburg, Florida Retreat (Day 3 seminars) by Raleigh Commercial Photographer

The Day 3 of the retreat featured many speakers who educated participants on variety of topics. Featured here are Susan McHugh, Xiomara Boyce, Tania Fabela and Get REAL & HEEL team from UNC- Amber, DJ, and Jean. All the sessions are very interactive with everyone sharing their life experiences. If one thing I will take away from this retreat is that I should never complaint- there are some amazing folks here who have overcome incredible odds to not only survive, but, thrive! And Audrey Giron was there to make everyone laugh! Mica had photographed Audrey’s Laughing Yoga session couple of days ago. Tomorrow morning I will be off to video her another session in the morning!

– Tesh & Mica Parekh

IWP Photography

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Lotus Survival Foundation: St. Petersburg, Florida Retreat (Day 2 Seminars) – by Raleigh Commercial Photographer

Mica and I are in St. Petersburg, Florida to capture Lotus Survival Foundation’s first retreat. We are doing both photography and video for this event. We had published highlight images yesterday and have also started publishing video clips to our YouTube channel:

What can be a better way to start the day than with laughing yoga?! The day was full of fun and educational seminars. Audrey Giron had everyone laughing on the beach, early in the morning. Breakfast was followed by Susan McHugh‘s session on dealing with difficult feelings. Areanne Breedlove provided Tax advice. Lori Ovitz did an amazing make over session! Lori will be doing this session for all the participants. There was even a birthday celebration for one of the participants!

We will continue our assignment tomorrow. Here are some of the highlight images from today.

– Tesh and Mica Parekh

IWP Photography

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