Photo Albums are my Jam
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! :)