Last year I began a ‘Project 365’. I started this not only to improve my work in some areas, but also to just document my everyday life with my family. Each day, I take at least one photo of something that has happened in my day. Some days are more creative than others, but everyday I have at least one memory, saved forever, on something other than my ever increasing forgetful Mum brain!
At the end of each month, I have a template, where I place my photo from each day in its corresponding spot, as a sort of overview.
But then what would I do when it came to the end of the year and I had all these memories, just sitting on my hard drive getting lost, just like they do in my head as time goes on.
I have always loved sitting down looking through photo’s. My Grandma would always get photo’s out and would tell me the stories attached to each one, and my Mum had boxes and boxes of photo albums all organised with their date and the event on them. This was easily done when photo’s were taken on film because we were all regularly printing, eagerly anticipating delivery of the prints, excited to remind ourselves what we had shot on that particular roll. With digital, taking photo’s is more readily available, but with the mass, comes the overwhelming task of organisation! Unless photography is your career or a hobby you are extremely enthusiastic about, I imagine you take photo’s on your phone, maybe upload them to your computer when your phone gets full, and then never look through them. And heaven help us if we need a particular photo for a birthday memory or worse… a funeral.
Tip 1: Upload your images regularly – This is probably the most important tip when it comes to keeping on top of photo storage. These days, phones can store a huge amount of data; everything from photos to music to videos and even movies. Some even come with memory cards, so when your internal storage is full, you can start on the memory card! It’s insane how many phone quality images these things hold. When we are photographing our children, our pets and even our food, 20 photo’s quickly turns into 200 and then 2000. Imagine trying to find that picture of your Grandad in amongst those 400 you took of your avocado on toast!!!
Bonus tip: If you are photographing something to quickly show someone, DELETE IT STRAIGHT AFTER YOU SEND IT. That way, in three years time when you’ve plucked up the courage to sort through your photo’s, you aren’t wondering why you took photo’s of that crack in the ceiling or that you were wearing one sheep sock and one Wednesday sock that day.
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Keep an eye on my Instagram stories, as I will be sharing my Family Yearbook that I just sent to print soon!