When it comes to preserving memories, there’s probably nothing more popular than photographs. Who doesn’t have boxes, drawers and albums full of photos?
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg…
I read a Globe and Mail article that said we snap as many pictures every two minutes as were taken in the entire 19th century! That article was written in 2013, and with more and more people using smartphones, I’m sure the number’s even higher now.
If you want your photos to have an important role in telling your family story, you have to get them out of their hiding places and organize them in a meaningful way. To help you with this process, I’ve gathered tips from a few Professional Photo Organizers. Yes, that’s a thing!
The Insider’s Guide to Photo Organizing from the Association of Personal Photo Organizers outlines five steps, which I’m going to share with you today. If you read The B Spot regularly, they’ll probably sound a bit familiar, because they’re basically the same steps we follow for all of our organizing projects.
1 – Hunt and gather
Identify all the boxes, bins, drawers, and closets where your photos are stored, and collect them all in one location. Download digital photos from cameras, memory sticks and cell phones into a photo management program on your computer.
2 – Sort and organize
Sort printed photos into shoe boxes, with a box for each decade. Next, go through each box and sort by category, e.g. Holidays, Travel/Vacations, Sporting Events, School Days, Celebrations, etc.
For digital photos, create folders on your computer for vacations, holidays, birthdays, and everyday life. Label folders by year-month-occasion, so you can sort them chronologically in any software, making it easy to find specific photos.
3 – Archive and backup
Preserve printed photos by scanning them. Save time and make your collection more interesting by scanning only the best photos of each occasion, rather than every single one.
Back up any digital photos you’d be devastated to lose on an external hard drive or secure photo storage site.
4 – Celebrate and share
The internet makes it fast and easy to share photos with your friends and family. Simply upload them to Dropbox or Linea and give access to anyone you wish. To share with a broader audience, post them on Facebook or Instagram.
For keepsakes and gift-giving, photo books or scrapbooks full of family photos and stories are great!
If displaying treasured photos on the wall is more your style, check out my Gallery and Salon Walls Pinterest board.
5 – Maintenance
Develop the habit of transferring pictures from your camera to your computer on a regular basis. At the same time, erase your memory card to make room for new pictures.
Photo Organizers recommend creating two backups of your digital photo: one in the cloud, and one on an external hard drive. If you don’t like the cloud, store them on external hard drives from two different manufacturers to minimize the chance of them both failing at the same time.
Wow! Who knew there were so many things to think about? But wouldn’t a photo organizing project be a great way to pass away the cold winter months?
How many different places are your photos right now?