Photos have always been important to me but it has become an obsession since having kids.
Memories are so precious and although it is a pain to sort through thousands (and I mean THOUSANDS) of photos every year, I’m glad I took every single shot and proud of the fact that I am preserving so many special moments. I’ve become a well oiled machine when it comes to cranking out photobooks, organizing my photo files and keeping things backed up. Here’s how I do it:
1. Get those pictures OFF the camera. You know you are guilty of letting your pictures sit in your camera until the light flashes that there is no more room. Get them out of there! What if you loose your camera?! What if your toddler decides it needs a bath in the toilet?! Please get those pictures off your camera and onto your computer where it is safe. Right now!
2. Get rid of the trash. It takes a few extra minutes but by sorting through and deleting all the blurry, dark or just plain ugly photos when you first upload them…you are saving TONS of time in your future.
3. Organize those puppies. I have folders for folders to hold more folders on my desktop. I create a yearly folder for our pictures and within that have our pictures organized by month. Within the monthly folders I may even create event folders (think “Christmas” or “L’s Birthday”…etc).
4. Back ’em up Momma. I can’t describe the horror of pushing the power button on your computer for it to flash a white screen. The heartache of loosing pictures to me is indescribable. I go a little over board with my backup…I have my pictures on 2 different computers AND an external hard drive like this one from Amazon. You can also subscribe to an online back up service through sites like Carbonite.com where you don’t have to do a thing…the site backs up your files in a cloud that you can access anywhere.
5. Good grief…USE YOUR PICTURES!! Print them off to display around the house, make photo books, put them on your refrigerator, look at them when you kids are being horrible and you need to remember there was a time when they once loved you (is that only me?)…just do SOMETHING with them.
I do yearly photo books for my kids. Check back Wednesday with ideas on how to do this quickly and on a budget while still getting GREAT books.
Are you guilty of not using your photos? Or do you go overboard like me?