Remember when we used to have to wait to get pictures developed? Sometimes I long for that era. If you’re like me, you have over a thousand photos on your phone right now. Here are some ways to deal.
#1 Take less pictures– Okay, I know this seems obvious, but hear me out. I find myself looking at photos of my baby while my baby is sitting and staring at me. Sometimes I have to remind myself to put down the phone and just enjoy my life, rather than trying to capture it all the time.
#2 Facebook Scrapbook Feature-I had no idea this existed! Perhaps you are a bit wary of putting your child’s pictures on social media. No worries, you can create a scrapbook that only you and people you select can view. This feature allows me to tag photos of my baby, without having to create a separate account for her. Here is a facebook help page to guide you through the steps of setting up your child’s facebook scrapbook. https://www.facebook.com/help/595357237266594?helpref=faq_content
#3 Use Snapchat– If you’re an 80s baby like me, you may have only just gotten on the Snapchat train. Snapchat got a bad rap initially for being able to post promiscuous photos that could disappear. Like any technology, it’s all in how you use it. With Snapchat, I get the satisfaction of showing my kid’s sweet cheeks, or newest outfit, without having to add it to the other thousands of photos on my phone. Are you afraid of snapping that perfect photo and then not being able to save it? No worries, Snapchat has a memories option where you can save photos you particularly like. Plus, the “lenses” are just too much fun. What’s cuter than a newborn? A newborn that looks like they are wearing a crown of flowers.
#4 Cull the Herd– It’s okay to delete photos! At least once a week, I go through my photos and delete as many as I can. Otherwise, how am I going to enjoy them later on? At my current rate of photo taking, it will take a day and a half for my kid to look at all the photos of herself by the time she is 18. That is if she only spends 3 seconds on each photo. That’s ridiculous. Tips for deleting:
- You know you have 6 photos of pretty much the same shot. Just choose the best one.
- Choose the best photo of the week.
- Choose the best photo of the event.
#5 Chatbooks– This service automatically sends you a printed book once you reach 60 photos. You can connect it to your instagram, facebook, or iPhoto. It even includes the captions, dates, and locations. I have a lot of family members that have been really satisfied with this low maintenance option. Plus, at $8 per book and free shipping, it’s budget friendly. https://chatbooks.com/
#6 Scrapbook– Let out your inner Crafty McCrafterson with the old fashioned paper, glue, and scissors method. Five Christmases ago, my husband presented me with a scrapbook of our year. Each year, we take turns passing the scrapbook back and forth. As it turns out, my husband is a better scrapbooker than I am!
I get too stressed around the holidays and started opting to create the thing digitally using Shutterfly. https://www.shutterfly.com/ Shutterfly always has great deals and is less time-consuming than the traditional scrapbook. Whether you create a scrapbook digitally or with your own two hands, I also recommend having a box in an easily accessible place. I keep those little scraps I want to include (programs, ticket stubs, special notes, etc.) It makes it easy to assemble at the end of the year when I have it all in one place.
#7 External Hard Drive– At least once a year, we dump all our photos on here to make sure we don’t lose them! Organize your photos by year and event, or by child. Whatever works for your brain!
In the end, what a great problem to have. I have so many wonderful memories to capture. How do you deal with your photo overload?