The Filing Fairies is a partnership between friends Mara Morrison and Jo Myers, who met working for an event management company. It was there that they discovered their shared passion for order, lists and getting things done. In 2008 as part of a 150th Anniversary Tour for NAB they organised close to 200 events over an 8 month period. It was during that time they recognised their excellence as a team. Now as The Filing Fairies they hope to realise a vision of giving you peace of mind by helping you to organise your photo collection so you can utilise and enjoy it.
My love of photos and preserving my family history through photos started at a young age, when I voluntarily sorted and organised shoe boxes of my parents photos into albums. Following this I was the family member responsible for scanning old photographs and slides and creating slideshows for milestone Birthdays and celebrations.
Before starting The Filing Fairies with Mara, I completed a Bachelor of Business Administration (majoring in Event Management) followed by an 11 year career as an Event Manager organising corporate, sporting and charity events, where I was able to utilise my love of organising (and list making!).
So combining my love of organising with preserving precious memories as a Personal Photo Organiser is my perfect occupation. I gain satisfaction from creating order in my life and those of others, so that we all have more time to enjoy the simple things in life, which for me is spending time with my family.
The 1994 Sydney Bush Fires was one of the first times I truly recognised how important it was to protect my family photos. I remember being asked by an equally terrified young police officer to evacuate the area. I was 20yrs young, home alone and my first thought after rescuing the cat from under the bed was ‘THE PHOTOS’ and I proceeded to rush madly about collecting numerous heavy albums to put in the car. Today with technologies (not available back in the 90’s) at my disposal I am privileged with the opportunity to help people modernise, organise and protect their photo collections so that they can readily preserve their family story.
Organising is something I have always loved. It is the way I think. It is who I am. I organise the pegs on the washing line and was even heckled during a speech at my own wedding because I gave the bridal party a run sheet and check list. With 20 years’ experience in various roles where I organised people as a PA, data as a data administrator and eventually events (where I met Jo) as an event manager, I realised my organising skills together with a passion for family history and photos could become a rewarding business venture.
Recently someone told me they were envious of my vocation because I got to search for buried treasure all day. Just like a Pirate, I love to dig for treasure. In my case the treasures are precious photo memories (often long lost) and the sand is a digital disaster zone or a dusty old shoe box.
With my Scottish Irish heritage I love a good yarn and I always enjoy teaching one on one and presenting to small groups. It is with great satisfaction and pleasure that through The Filing Fairies I share our knowledge and skills and help people to learn effective ways to navigate and maintain their most cherished memories – their photos!