I attempt to make a Family Yearbook every year so that we can have our memories organized and viewable. The kids love looking through them, and it makes me feel less guilty about always telling people to print their images! After years of getting questions from my photography clients about how to organize digital photos, I knew that I needed to share what I knew with more people.
Remember to take photos. I know that this might make some of you laugh, but even though I’m a photographer, I forget to take pictures of us! I have tried hard to get better at it this year! Sometimes I’m too busy enjoying the moment to remember to snap a few images.
Download your photos from your camera. I mostly use my iPhone for family photos. It fits in my purse, and I always have it. Plus my iPhone takes pretty amazing pictures. I use Amazon Photos to automatically upload my images from my iPhone when connected to wifi. There are lots of services you can use [dropbox, icloud, google photos, Shutterfly, etc.] but I use Amazon Photos & Amazon Drive because it syncs with my computer and I can access the images just like a hard drive. If you have a prime membership, you get free unlimited photos storage!
Once your images upload to your storage system, organize them by month. I create a folder for each year and then within that folder I make a folder for each month: “01 January”. The number system helps keep the folders in order. Then I sort the images by date created and move them into the month folders.
When I have downtime, I go back through each folder and try to delete any junk images. If you have children like mine, you may have a lot of pictures of your feet or the ceiling! Lol, This helps clear up storage space, so you’re not paying for storage you don’t need.
Well, there you have how I organize digital photos. Now that you are organized, you can pick your favorite printing site to create your Yearbook quickly. Some services will even populate your images by date so you can select your favorites from each month and it will put them in for you! I’m a nerd about this, so if you need help or have questions, I would love to help! I’m working on a post about my favorite sites that make Yearbooks so stay tuned for that!