Services


Maureen Taylor at work


I know photography — from daguerreotypes to digital imaging, the technology, the history, it’s my bag.  I also know that picture predicaments come in all sizes. Whether it’s a single mystery photo to boxes full of pictures, there’s a story waiting to be discovered.
My diverse background in archives, research, writing, , photo detecting and publishing brings a unique perspective to photo woes.  The Wall Street Journal said my skills live at the junction of history, genealogy and photography. We can start today to identify your photos, preserve them, organize and share them with your family.  As a former genealogical reference librarian and curator, creative problem solving is a challenge I love. Here are a few ways we could work together:

Photo Identification Consultation

Perhaps you’ve inherited mystery photos you’d like to know more about.  A personal consultation can help you learn more about the who, when, where and why of those pictures.  Even if you know who’s depicted you’ll learn new things about the people and the photo. Each consult is 15 minutes in length for up to 3 photos per session.   Telephone, Skype, Facetime and Google+ options are available. It’s a perfect gift for the genealogist in your family.  Ask about gift certificates.

Photo Research for Authors

You’re writing a book—genealogical or otherwise—and need images to illustrate what you’ve written.  The Photo Detective can help!  I’ve found photos for my own publications and worked for years in book and magazine publishing. I can help you understand the dos and don’ts of picture publishing and photo research – and keep you from going bonkers with getting permission to use them.

Want to find more family photos?  I’ll teach you how to make the most of online search techniques such as Google and eBay to discover new techniques to find them.   Sign up for a 30-minute private class.    We’ll cover everything from locating a photo to how to obtain permission to publish. 

Illustrated Family Histories

Every picture tells a story.  And each one you own is a piece of your family history.  Put them all together and you’ll end up with an entertaining tale of your ancestors.   Add genealogical information and you’ve got a keepsake to last for generations..

Whether you just want publishing advice or you want me to compile and write the book, there’s a price package to suit your budget.   Contact me with details about your project and I’ll send you an estimate.

Want to write and publish your book instead?   Try my individual book coaching sessions. You’ll go from idea to finished product in no time.