With FileMaker 13, you can insert images into container fields and set up a table with one container field for each image with text and date fields used to document the image.
You shouldn't need to do a second scan to get a lower res copy of the same image as there is a GetTHumbNail function that can downsample the image for you.
FileMaker does some things very differently from MS Access so be prepared to invest some time into learning how FileMaker does things.
And this really sounds like a project where you can probably already do this with "off the shelf" software...
Thanks for your suggestion.. What I can't do with off the shelf software is include everyone's names in a separate field.
Do you think it's wise to store directly in the container field? ( due to bloat)
There are definitely some differences between access and fm! I'm so used to queries!
I'm surprised that an OTS product can't do that.
I'd probably use the External Storage option if using FileMaker 12 or newer instead of embedding the files into the container fields.