Thank you everyone for your responses and great suggestions! Event though I haven’t posted images yet or been as active as I would Iike to be, I really am thankful for this group of photographers - everyone is so giving and caring. Thank you.
I need to make this project a priority. I want to cry at how I thought I was organized when the images were just considered fun and personal but now I face the envelopes, boxes and file drawers of slides and negatives of all sizes, DVD’s with contact sheets in notebooks and boxes and then there are the couple portable hard drives too. I wish I could just go into a time warp and concentrate on this because it is indeed becoming a part of my business - not just the personal images that don’t have a use.
The irony is- because it’s not income-producing yet my brain has not made this a priority, yet as it becoms more and more a part of my business then it IS a priority - I have to wrap my brain around that and set aside the time…but then it’s business as usual and I take care of the clients and weekly routines and there we are, the project gets pushed off and pushed off.
I am discontinuing Adobe CC in a week or so - they have ticked me off enough and I resent being held hostage to a subscription I have no control over. CS5 still runs on Windows 10 and LR4 as well. But I have bought Luminar which has a cataloging aspect I need to learn, plus I need to map out my hierarchy. The right images will be brought onto my server which has mirrored hard drives, so the back-up aspect is fine and I have a trustworthy tech guy who watches out for me and my equipment.
In the rare case that I need to access my server remotely, I use TeamViewer and transfer A copy of the files I need to my laptop to work on and then save on the laptop plus transfer back to the server remotely.
I’m relaunching my business on Monday actually and it has consumed all my time in redefining everything and now is the time I will need to start this project because I’m running out of my own brainpower trying to remember and find particular images I want, not to mention the amount of time I spend searching, simply to illustrate emails and blog posts.
Thank you all for taking the time to respond!