There is nothing worse than losing images that hold memories of those you love. The realization floods over you like a panic - something like when you get punched in the gut and all of the air gets knocked out of you. It’s nauseating.
Pictures, Pictures EVERYWHERE!
Ok, listen up my friends. I’m going to talk about a real issue here: How many of you have storage cards either on your camera or phone that is just about bursting at the seams? It’s a real problem. I can totally relate. You’d think that as a photographer, I’d have a grip on this. Haha yeah right! I may be the worst offender here!
If you don't do anything with your photographs, they are just taking up a whole lot of space and you run the risk of losing the images.
Which brings me to my point.
Parents of kids or fur-babies - get the images off your devices and onto your laptop/computer AND a backup source.
Seriously. I back up ALL my photographs!
Personally, I prefer to use an external hard-drive. I back up images of my kids, pets, trips as well as my client galleries. Occasionally, I will get a message from a client saying their computer crashed or they have misplaced their USB. Luckily, I always have my work backed up for a few years in case this happens, and I can resend them their images.
External Hard Drive or "the Cloud"
PRO TIP: Delete Repeat Frames & Categorize Your Pics
To make things a little simpler for you, I recommend deleting repeated frames. I know this may be hard because sometimes just a change in your child’s expression can make you feel a whole other set of feelings, but do your best.
Also, categorize them. I’m sitting here on my laptop right now thinking about how it would be best to organize my personal photos and I decided I will do them "by child". It’s not really necessary to organize them by date as that information is already stored in the file and can easily be sorted that way if needed.. You can, however, organize them by year for each child. That may make it easier for you to find them down the road.
Print. Those. Pictures.
Enlarge Your Faves
Enlarge your pictures. Pick a few of your favourites and get them up on the wall. Already have pictures up from the last few years? Consider switching them out with new ones! Hanging your favourite photos (whether of your family, vacation spot or your fur babies) personalizes your space and uplifts the energy (including your mood) when you have pictures of the people and places you love all around you.
And above all else, your loved ones will appreciate this effort…when they’re older of course ;)