Are they still in your camera on the memory stick or on your phone? Have you downloaded them to your computer? If you have, great! If not, now would be a good time to go do that.
Are you using some type of photo organizing software on your computer? Are the photos on your computer in folders by date or do you have them organized by subject and/or person?
Have you backed up your photos on your computer? Have you printed your photos? Did you know that one of the best ways to back up your photos is to print them? And, by the way, you should back them up at least 3 different ways, but that’s a subject for another blog.
With all the electronic gadgets and gizmos we have today along with FaceBook and Twitter, I don’t think we really take the time to sort through our photos anymore to share and preserve their stories or to display them for friends and family to enjoy. Do you know that every 2 minutes today, we snap as many photos as the whole of humanity took in the 1800s? Quite a staggering statistic! As wonderful as technology is, it has its downside as we are taking more photos than we know what to do with and we are, therefore, taking our photos for granted.
Have you ever stopped to think about why you take the photos you do? Is it to remember or savor the moment so that we can share it and the story that goes along with it later? Are you sharing those moments or are they locked up in your camera or phone? Those memories documented in those photos are important to us, to our children, and to future generations. We need to preserve them in a way that will let that happen.
If you are the story teller in your family creating scrapbooks and photo books and keeping your photos organized, then I applaud you and thank you for your family. If you are not, then perhaps you need some help getting started or having someone do it for you. That is where I come in. As a personal photo organizer I can help you organize printed and digital photo collections; setup backup systems; scan and digitize photos, memorabilia, slides and other media; and I can create photo books and albums or teach you how to do it yourself. Please let me know how I can help you. Or if you know of someone who may need my help, please let me know.
It’s time to get those photos out of the camera, out of boxes and back into your life!