Hey, everybody! How is everyone doing on your goals for 2018?? Anyone?Well, I know I’m definitely already slacking in a few of my own, so this is your encouragement to get back in the game! (If you recall, the big difference between success and utter failure in my personal goals has to do with one small detail. You can read about it here.)
Well, if you read my goals for 2018, one of them was to get back to organizing my photos. A former scrapbooker, I dealt quite a bit with print photos and all the stuff that scrapbooking entails. But now, I just don’t have the time to sit and work at it like I used to. Now, I try to keep up with a family digital scrapbook, one per year. Don’t worry, I’m very behind, but I’m hoping that some of these new tools and sites can help you get your photos organized too.
Personally, I have used Shutterfly for years. From Christmas photos, to birthday invitations, photo AND video storage and all sorts of photo gifts, Shutterfly has been a great resource for me. I love that all of these things are done within the same company.
First, I have the app. THIS IS AMAZING. Because, my husband and I can link our phones (and therefore all photos from our phones) to our Shutterfly account. They upload very easily, including your videos! Since no one really uses video cameras anymore, it is so hard to know how and where to store this short little snippets of your day. Plus, they take so much of your phone’s storage! Once photos and videos are uploaded, I delete them off my phone.
Second, once these photos and videos are uploaded, they are ready and accessible for making products or compiling into books. We have done photo albums, baby books, calendars and even magnets. Unlimited photo storage is free at Shutterfly, and video storage has a small annual fee.
Did you know that Amazon offers free photo storage? If you are a Prime member, you have unlimited photo storage and up to 5GB of video. Local Chicago photographer, Heidi Kalish uses this service to store all her photos, personal and work related. (She also notes that she backs up in a second location as well on an external hard drive.)
One other suggestion is using DropBox to store photos. It can be a quick and easy way to upload them and organize them and also accessible from multiple devices. If you use this for work or personal files, you know the ease of organizing and sharing files with other people.
Chatbooks: Oh my goodness, look at those covers!
Chatbooks–This idea is truly brilliant. For $10 per book ($15 for hard cover), this company takes your photos from your Instagram, Facebook account, or even your photo roll including dates, captions and locations. There is no monthly fee, just pay per book. You can even print photos in a book organized by hashtag! It will load all of them for you and just before shipping, they will notify you it is ready. Then you can go in, edit anything you don’t want in the book and then place your order. This gives you the chance to not only have your photos but to have them in your hand!
Groovebook: What fun spines and organization by date!
Groovebook–This is another similar concept, though this you pay a monthly fee of $3.99. You also select the photos to be included in each book. The bindings on these books are fun and colorful and even have perforated photos so you could tear them out and give to friends and family. If the company name sounds familiar, the owners were on Shark Tank and won a great partnership deal!
These are just a few suggestions (among many) to help you manage your digital photos. I highlighted these specific companies and products because of personal experience with them or the recommendation of someone who uses these frequently. I hope even just one of these could be valuable for you to get those precious photos back into your hands!
A big thank you to Heidi Kalish for her tips and suggestions for this post! If you are local to the Chicago suburbs, be sure to check her out for your next family photos. Her work has been blown up to hang on our wall or turned into Christmas cards. Her patience with my family and our squirrely toddlers has been fantastic (it might help that she has a few kids of her own!).
Have you tried any of these programs or products? How do you store and save your photos? Do you have a system that gets photos off your phone and computer and onto your walls or in your hands?