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!