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Picture Pages, Picture Pages (Plus a GIVEAWAY! For You!)

Posted December 07, 2012

One project I really wanted to do for the wedding was a photo slideshow to show at the rehearsal dinner. I always love seeing the pictures of the bride and groom as babies and little kids. And making slideshows in iDVD is super easy. I make one for Raj twice a year, on our anniversary and Valentines Day. No problem.

This project turned into a bit of a monster. What I hadn't taken into account was all of the scanning of photos from before we were using digital cameras. Just sorting through my pictures was an undertaking. A couple of moves ago, I decided to get rid of my many bulky and mismatched photo albums. I put all of my picures into plastic photo storage boxes. Which did make moving and storing them much easier. But also made looking through them a giant pain in the butt. In part, this had to do with the sheer number, many of which I don't even care about. I decided that at some point, I should definitely sort through them, throw a lot of them away, and put what was left into organized albums.

You know, sometime. In the future.

Raj's photos already are organized in albums, but the digital photos presented a bit of a challenge for both of us. A lot of his are on an external drive. Some of mine are on a flash drive. Many were lost when my computer were stolen, so the few I have from the era between backing up on a flash drive and getting Paolo is sparsely covered by photos nabbed from the blog and from Facebook, once I'd started using it. The ones of Raj and me were easy since they're all here in my iPhoto, not backed up on anything because I NEVER LEARN.

I also got some pictures printed so I can update our scrapbooks since we plan to put those out at the wedding for people to look through. These are the only pictures I print anymore and that's usually only a couple per trip or event. I usually end up printing a few more than I need, which get stuck into one of my photo boxes.

So I am wondering, Internet, if any of you have any photo solutions. What do you do with your pictures, new and old? Do you print them anymore? Organize them on your computer or online? Put the ones where you look particularly thin up on Facebook?

Because I am not above bribing you to respond to me, but also mostly because the nice folks at Printcopia offered us the opportunity, I will give a free 8x10 canvas photo print to one person who leaves a comment between now and oh, let's say 6:00pm Central on Tuesday, December 11. Just leave a comment telling me what you do with photos, or whether you take them at all, to be entered for a chance to win. I'll put the comment numbers into a randomizer and the winner gets a free canvas. Make sure you use a valid email address for your comment so I can contact you about your print.

The rest of you might consider purchasing canvas prints for your loved ones as holiday gifts. Or maybe you need some car magnets, vinyl banners, or lawn signs? I don't know what you people do with your free time.

Disclosure: In addition to the free print for one of you, I received a free (awesome) print in exchange for mentioning Printcopia. Mine is of the waterfall where we got engaged!

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Amy says:

December 07, 2012 at 05:51 AM

All my pictures are in folders labeled with the date on my computer and I back up my computer once a month (since I almost lost all my pictures one year, good thing I have a computer nerdy hubby that saved them all for me)!! I also make a yearly dvd of pictures of the kids for their birthdays! At some point, in the future, I will be making DVD's of all of our pictures just to make sure they don't disappear if something happens to my computer!

MargieK says:

December 07, 2012 at 06:14 AM

Let's start by saying that I'm 54 and my kids are 27, 24, and 22. I was probably a late converter to digital (I took the first two kids' high school graduation pictures with my last film camera, a Minolta Maxxum SLR), so I have about 10 plastic boxes of photos, organized in more-or-less chronological order, plus maybe 3 albums of photos from before kids -- or before when having 3 kids made keeping albums too much to keep up with.

Sorry this is so long -- just a lot of components to my answer/situation.

Over the years I've taken a LOT of photos, and after transitioning to digital, I've taken a LOT more. It's bittersweet to look at the quality of the old photos I took when my kids were little, compared to what I take today. Fortunately by scanning the old prints, I can crop and enhance them.

With each kid's high school or college graduation, I've put together poster collages of photos to display at their graduation party, which means I've scanned plenty of photos (we used to have a scanner, but when it became incompatible with our computers, we got rid of it, so now I scan at work). Alas, these scanned photos now reside on old hard drives (we have probably half a dozen -- not necessarily full of photos, but enough to make hooking them up more of a pain than it's worth), so I'm in the process of whipping through the boxes of old prints to find a few cute ones to use for the 22 year-old's graduation party next week. I'm probably about 1/3 way through that job, but plan to put another dent in it this evening while watching the Broncos-Raiders game tonight.

The last graduation (middle kid graduated from college this past May) featured a slide show of the old scanned photos, but that that option isn't going to be available at our daughter's house, so old-fashioned poster collages it is!

I don't profess to be well-organized, but what I've been doing the last few years is skimming the digital photos near the end of the year, and copying what I consider the best to a "Best of year X" folder. These "Best of" photos then become candidates for Snapfish calendars I give to our kids and parents. Plus I make prints for our parents (who, as newly minted octogenarians much prefer prints -- a couple of them NEVER touch a computer), and send them a photo album as part of their Christmas gift. Finally, I make prints of these "Best of" photos for myself, because computers crash when you least expect it, and it's nice to be able to grab an album to show someone without having to boot a computer, and click, click, load, and possibly drag them to where the computer is.

Rosie says:

December 07, 2012 at 07:17 AM

I take lots and lots of pictures, and then I...do nothing with them. Occasionally, when the card fills up, I copy them to a computer, and then occasionally to an external drive. For a while, I was at least sorting them into separate folders by year and month or event name. But I haven't had time to go through them, so I never pick out my favorites, so I never print them anymore. Someday! Oh yes, someday, in that mythical future when I have lots of time.

As for old-school prints, they are all in boxes somewhere in a back storage room. For me to sort and scan (someday!)

Do not let them get away from you. They are rather like gremlins.

December 07, 2012 at 07:58 AM

Hi! I am a blog stalker!

Okay, about the photos. I print up a few from each occasion because I scrapbook (but I am WAY behind). The rest stay in a file on my computer, external hard drive, blog and sometimes snapfish/shutterfly. Not the best method, I know.

Tina says:

December 07, 2012 at 11:45 AM

I have digital pictures from 2003 on...and those are all stored and we have an off site back up (now, after almost losing them). And they are organized by month/year (a folder for each month with all the pictures in it). But I need to go through and delete all the duplicates (we don't need 20 various ones of the same thing as I tried to get the perfect one) and back up the last few months, thanks for the reminder.

I started making photo books for each year, because I realized the kids never saw the pictures. And then I hope to scrapbook but I'm so ultra behind on that, the digital books are becoming more our scrapbooks.

Alisa says:

December 07, 2012 at 01:47 PM

All of our photos are in our respective iPhoto libraries, but we've also set our computers to back up to the cloud once daily. So somewhere out there in the ether you can find all of E's childhood intermixed with client files.

But... Since E was born, I've done an annual iPhoto book of his growth and adventures. So even if all of the digital copies vanish, we at least have the highlight books through 2011.

Alisa says:

December 07, 2012 at 01:47 PM

All of our photos are in our respective iPhoto libraries, but we've also set our computers to back up to the cloud once daily. So somewhere out there in the ether you can find all of E's childhood intermixed with client files.

But... Since E was born, I've done an annual iPhoto book of his growth and adventures. So even if all of the digital copies vanish, we at least have the highlight books through 2011.

Alisa says:

December 07, 2012 at 01:47 PM

All of our photos are in our respective iPhoto libraries, but we've also set our computers to back up to the cloud once daily. So somewhere out there in the ether you can find all of E's childhood intermixed with client files.

But... Since E was born, I've done an annual iPhoto book of his growth and adventures. So even if all of the digital copies vanish, we at least have the highlight books through 2011.

Alisa says:

December 07, 2012 at 01:50 PM

And I hit "post" before I was done. Pre-iPhoto? No clue where those are. There are a smattering of scrapbooks, the proofs from our wedding. Before that, we just have whatever his parents have stored and whatever my father hasn't tossed. I'll probably never have any reason to look at either.

Alisa says:

December 07, 2012 at 01:50 PM

And I hit "post" before I was done. Pre-iPhoto? No clue where those are. There are a smattering of scrapbooks, the proofs from our wedding. Before that, we just have whatever his parents have stored and whatever my father hasn't tossed. I'll probably never have any reason to look at either.

LaughingMouse says:

December 07, 2012 at 03:35 PM

I have prints from prior to 2007 in a creative memories large storage box. I have most of 2007-2009ish on CDs I burned for the sole reason of being a backup. Most everything since then is on one of my computers. Having said all that, I also just started uploading everything to Shutterfly for a secondary backup. Not necessarily the bestest for poster sizes, but if worst comes to worst it'll do to get new prints if I ever need them. :)

SMM says:

December 07, 2012 at 10:42 PM

Mine are a chaotic disaster on my computer and in several albums/scrapbooks in several locations. I am disorganized and since I've put on weight, I hate getting my picture taken as it is, so recent pictures are few and far between. I like your idea of a plastic tub for all--but that would be a huge undertaking for me...maybe this summer!!! :)

Maren says:

December 08, 2012 at 05:01 AM

I...Intend. I intend to print them, to make canvases, to make photo yearbooks for us and for each child, I intend to upload them to flickr, facebook, anywhere! I intend to play with them in Photoshop. Thankfully thankfully I do actually back them up - to three separate drives. I guess it is my only saving grace. Someday I intend to take a week off work and edit, upload, etc, etc and get this giat weight off my shoulders...

Amy J says:

December 08, 2012 at 05:35 AM

My older pictures (printed ones) are in a drawer in a combo box/album/photo envelope situation. Digitals are on iPhoto, an external hard drive, iCloud and on ZenFolio (zenfolio only if they are of my daughter.) I think I am photo anal retentive.

Sarahd says:

December 08, 2012 at 07:12 AM

My photo hygiene is TERRIBLE. You don't even want to know! But I'd love a canvas print of my boys:). Then I can feel better about not even BUYING the awful school pictures that were taken this year.

Sharon says:

December 08, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Eili and I made photo books when we were young and in love. Of course we had a wedding album, and I compiled the honeymoon pictures into a small album. And I think we did one more, but then it all ended. I printed some pictures of Noa when she was born with the intention of making an album, but never got around to it. And there are no pictures of Yonit to print because she is a second child so we don't take pictures of her.

Chaya says:

December 10, 2012 at 02:28 AM

I almost never print pictures, but everything is digital so everything just gets sent to all the grandparents. My mom actually has made albums of the kids, which thrill them, but I don't really have the energy for that. However, on my to-do list for this week was to try to get some good portrait shots of the kids so I could order a canvas print for my mom. Seriously.

Jesabes says:

December 11, 2012 at 03:45 AM

I normally make yearly photo books with our pictures (though I'm a couple years behind), but I really should make prints of a few...

Lisa says:

December 12, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Sharon, I cannot wait to meet you because I am so happy that someone else is as lax as me where it comes to the baby pictures. I started an album for Allie, which is 2/3 empty. And then.... the rest of them are stored in the cloud. I have grand plans of making them each a photo book for each year of their lives. Grand plans that never turn into action because now it just seems like too big an undertaking to start!

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