As a keen (but not very good) photographer who’s also a blogger and a mum of 2, you can well imagine just how many photos I have stored on my phone and on my laptop, can’t you?
(Just in case you can’t – I currently have 1500 on my phone and 6000 on my laptop. And that’s after a recent cull and sort out which I’ll explain more about below.)
Having so many photos can mean a couple of things:
a) it’s super easy for the good photos, the ones I look at and want to really remember taking to get mixed in with all of the other random photos that I take.
b) when I need to go back and find a specific photo to use in a blog post or to share on Instagram because it goes with what I’m trying to say then it can be difficult to find the one I want because there are so many photos to scroll through.
I feel like I’ve got a clever little system in place now though which helps with both of the above potential problems so today, I thought I’d tell you how I do it. It’s not exactly rocket science but it helps me so here we go…
Basically, I use iCloud to back all my phone photos up to my Macbook so anything I take on my phone, is auto uploaded to my Macbook meaning that my photos are available to me on whatever device I’m using. I think I pay about 79p a month to increase the amount of storage I have on there so I don’t have to worry about running out of space. I like doing this as my photos are backed up somewhere other than on my own devices so I will never lose them (I lost some photos a few years ago and was gutted).
I have a paid subscription to Adobe which I mentioned recently in one of my recent five frugal things posts. I pay just under £10 a month for this but… I use it for blogging as it lets me edit my photos and replaces an editing service I used to use and stopped because they increased their prices. What I pay for Adobe now is only a little more than what I would have been paying if I’d accepted the increase and I get so much more.
I now add all of my photos to Adobe (usually once a month) and as I add them, I sort them into folders. I set special folder on there for all photos from a special project, a day out somewhere or a trip we take so the photos are always easy to sort and to find when I need to go back to. I’m also a lot more brutal with deleting pictures – I’ve learned that I don’t really need 30 photos of a blog project from six months ago that I’ve already shared. 😉
One of the folders that I have set up is called ‘special photos’ which are the photos I mentioned above that I want to remember. My ultimate aim is to go back through each year’s photos and choose my favourite from that year so I can either print out all the good ones or get them made up into photo books.
I’ve found a great photo book site which shares some fantastic deals so it wouldn’t work out as expensive as you might think – it’s more the fact that I need the time to go through my photos year by year to choose the ones I want to include as I want the photo books to be for the whole family so they need to include memories that are relevant to all of us.
At one point, I used to buy the kids a photo book for Christmas each year and I remember spending ages choosing photos that I knew they’d love each year and loving seeing them watch them turn the pages and remember happy memories. I don’t know why I stopped although it was probably the mammoth task of sorting through my ever-growing photo collection that had something to do with it.
I think a family book is the way forward and I can keep them all on the bookshelf and in my head (I get easily carried away) I can see a shelf filled with family memories that my grandchildren can sit and look through when I’m looking after them in the future.
How cute would that be?
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