You can do this through the year as the month arrives or if you like to plan ahead just do it all now so the folders are all ready for you. You will be more likely to store them correctly if you have everything set up.
2. Where to Store Your Photos
We all know pictures take up a lot of room. When I started using my MacBook for editing professional photos I never even thought that it would run out of space. Huge mistake on my part! My computer filled and it was a mess to go back and reorganize it. But, I did.
Now, I store photos on an external hard drive that has a ton of storage. It is a Seagate with 4TB. Which if you don't know what that means, like I didn't, just know it's huge. My laptop has a storage of 500GB and it took me 4 years to max out and this external hard drive has eight times that space.
I don't this yet (but hope to soon) is to store another copy of your photos on-line. Google photos has free storage as well does Shutterfly. Amazon Prime members can store their photos with them for free as well but the downside to that is that if you don't renew prime every year you would have to get the pictures off of there.
For my personal photos I leave them on my computer for the year and then at the end of the year they get moved to the external hard drive. All professional photos go immediately to the external as they take up lots of room.
3. Delete Your Photos
Yes, I know we are talking about storage but do you really need 10,000 pictures of baby Suzie? or in my case, Speedy? The answer is no. So here is my plan: if a picture is very similar in pose and look I go through and pick my favorite and delete the rest.
In January of this year I will go back to January of 2017 and go through those photos. It's been a year so I am not as attached to them emotionally and have an easier time deleting some of them. I'll do the same thing in February and each subsequent month. This should help with decluttering my digital photos. It's also good to do this with phone pictures as well. Go through last year's photos and delete one month at a time.
4. Phone Photos
I'll admit, I'm so bad with phone photos. I think I have about 7,000+. And that isn't a think, I know I do. I have pictures all the way back from Korea (2012). I do have most of them backed up on a computer but here is my plan: this year, each month I will add a folder to my monthly folder saying 'phone photos'. I will download pictures into that folder so they are permanently saved. I will delete previous years but not this years. Then in 2019 I can delete 2018's photos.
I also know you can save your phone photos using Google photos so that might be a good way to save them where they are easily accessible.
5. Print your Photos!
I can't stress this one enough. Print your photos!!! Your kids aren't going to want to look through 10 external hard drives when you are gone. They want to see pictures that they can look at and touch. It's important.
Here are just a few places to print:
Chatbooks - This company will take your Instagram or Facebook photos and turn them into a book for you. It's super easy and convenient for those of you that are busy. They have lots of other options too so check them out.
Artifact Uprising - You can order a set of 10 prints and they come in a pretty box that you can store them in. I used this last year and loved it.
Picture Perfect - This is a local place in Wichita, with a west and east side location. They prints are affordable and they do a great job. I print a few pictures through the year and put them in a photography box.
AdoramaPix - If I am ordering prints online this is my go to place. Their quality is excellent.
Lastly, please don't print at Walgreens or Walmart. Their quality is terrible and after getting professional photos taken the last thing you need is to have ugly prints.
That is my advice for you on storing your photos. I'm still learning as I go to but I sure wish I would have known all of this years before. Everyone has a method that works for them so if you have a system, please comment and let us know. If you have any questions please comment, e-mail or message me. I'd be happy to do my best to answer your questions.
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