I have a zillion photos saved on my laptop, phone, and on my camera’s SD card. Yes, a zillion. In this digital age, it’s possible to take a hundred photos and weed out only one that is frame-worthy. Then there’s the question of what to do with all those other pictures. Even if they aren’t the “best” photos, they might still be good. As a first-time mom, it’s really hard to delete any picture of my kid. But truly, I can’t save all of them and who (besides me) will want to look at them anyway? I realized several months after Evelyn was born, and I had managed to accumulate 1,000 photos of her on my phone, that I needed an intervention of some kind. Or I just needed to figure out what to do with all of them. So, I’ve come up with my own little method for saving pictures. For her first year, I reserved the right to take as many darn pictures as I want…and save as many as I want. Since her first birthday, I’ve been trying to come up with a system that is manageable. Here’s what’s been working so far.
Each time we have an outing, event or other photo opportunity, I take as many pictures as I please. When I have some time to myself, I plug the SD card into my laptop and begin the pruning process. I get rid of photos that are blurry, have bad composition, or duplicates (often created when I use the rapid-fire setting).
Once I’ve chosen the photos I want to keep, I save them into a folder on my computer. At this point, I have folders labeled by the season and year (for example, Summer 2013). After they are saved, I highlight all of the new pictures and then rename them based on the date or event. Renaming them in a batch will give all the files the same name, but with a number after it (for example, Memorial Day (5)) so that they will all stay together within the folder.
Now, all the photos are saved on my computer, but what if it crashes and I lose everything? For that, I use flickr. For $25 a year, I can have unlimited storage of my photos. I suppose if the fit hits the shan and the internet no longer exists, well, my pictures will be gone. But if that happens, I’m thinking we’ll all have much bigger problems to worry about. So, I save them in sets labeled by the event or season, depending on how many pictures I have. I’m still working on dumping all the pictures from my phone onto flickr. It’s a tedious process, but once I have it done, it should be pretty easy to just dump them on a weekly basis.
Call me old-fashioned, but I still like to have some of my pictures printed out so that I can physically hold them in my hand. So, each year, I will be creating a family yearbook of sorts with the highlights and best pictures from the past 12 months. Last year I created one that was basically Evelyn’s first year. I used one of the more popular online scrap-booking sites, but was very disappointed to find that after spending literally HOURS working on the book, it disappeared after I ordered a copy of it. So, if I ever wanted to order another copy, for whatever reason, I would not be able to do so…and that really ticks me off. So, this year, I will be looking for a different program to use. I have downloaded a few to try and will play around with them to see which one I like the best.
So, that brings me to the reason for this post in the first place, to feature some of the best from this summer. I can’t believe how quickly this summer has passed by! We just completed our final camping trip of the season and Fall is in the air. Time to say goodbye to Summer 2013…
Memorial Day – She loves marching bands!
Aww…there’s nothing quite so cute as daddies and daughters.
Can’t take credit for this one. My friend Lisa, of Charlie the Cavalier, took this one of a brief moment when our cherubs (along with Sarah of The Clerical Error‘s little girl) were not crying or stealing food from one another. Why is the song “Ebony and Ivory” running through my head?
A trip to Knoebel’s
Much to my chagrin, she LOVED this group of singers/performers at the park. We watched the ENTIRE show.
Evelyn and her great-grandma
4th of July, baby!
Evelyn loves to go for walks in our neighborhood, and she especially loves searching for gnomes in this neighbor’s landscaping.
Fun on the lake…
Before you start talking smack, just know that I do realize how pasty white I am. I’m ok with it. This is my year-round color. And when I’m old and gray, I’ll be less wrinkly than all you sun-worshippers. ;)
Camping with the family…
Summer, we had a good run, but bring on the Fall!