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Hi!  I'm Sejal.  I love all things health, fitness, girly, and now mama related.  Thanks for reading!

Photo Albums are my Jam

Photo Albums are my Jam

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I'm really good at making photo albums.  I always have been.  I have photo albums for every significant part of my life, every school, every trip.  It's seriously my thing.  I wish I could make money off this somehow.  :)  But seriously, I just love looking back through the years with photo albums. 

It's not easy though.  It takes a ton of time.  Especially now that everything is digital it makes it even harder because you have so many pictures.  I knew this would be a challenge, especially after Ruby, because I feel the need to take 17 pics of her a day.  That said, because photo albums are a priority for me I needed a way to stay organized.  The hardest part of any photo project is picking the best pictures....and the hardest part of picking pictures is when your pictures are a mess and all over the place.  That's probably the number 1 reason why people don't do anything with pictures most of the time.  So I make sure my pictures are pretty much always organized.  This way, when I get to album or movie making time (usually at the end of the year) it isn't so overwhelming.  Here are my tips to stay on top of it!

  • Weekly cleanup of photos on your phone - I delete all the crap ones right away and probably do a weekly review that takes like 5 minutes.
  • Store/backup all my pictures in Dropbox - Every time I connect my phone to my computer the pictures automatically sync to a folder called "Camera Uploads".
  • Organize my Dropbox folders - A few times a year I take the pictures from "Camera Uploads" and organize into a folder and subfolders.  For example, I create a 2017 folder with smaller sub folders for big events/trips like Ruby's Birthday, Father's Day etc.

That's it!  All my organized Dropbox folders contain good pictures organized by event so when I get to the photo projects I can easily upload/edit.  FYI, I have tried Google Photos and iPhotos but I always come back to Dropbox because it allows me the most flexibility and best folder management.

When it comes to the photo projects, these are my favorite tools/services:

  • Mixbook for photo albums.  There are a ton of great services out there - Blurb, Shutterfly but I just like Mixbook.
  • iPhoto/iMovie for videos.  I created Ruby's 1 year movie with iPhoto/iMovie.  I was surprised at how easy it was.  It even lets you upload and edit music to go with the images.
  • Minted and Shutterfly for Holiday cards.  You can even get addressed envelopes and return labels.  It makes everything so easy!

Hope these tips help.  Happy photo booking!  :)

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