Remember, way back in the olden days, when you had to take the film from your camera to a store to be developed? And you’d have to wait at least an hour to see what images you’d ended up with? And it was exciting and fun and you had scads of photos and piles of negatives in boxes in your basement?
I have always enjoyed photography and have a far too well-documented adolescence and now that we’ve all been in the digital age for a while, I take tonnes of picture of our family. I post them on my blog, on Facebook, file them on my computer, and….welll, most of them just sit there. I try to develop them with some decent regularity but have recently let it slide and have a year’s worth of photos on my external hard-drive waiting to be dealt with.
I used to scrapbook, but you can chalk that up to another hobby that fell by the wayside now that I have three children (like showering and recreational reading) since it takes too much effort to haul out of my supplies, spend an evening working on ONE PAGE, then have to clean up the mess and put the supplies away again.
This year I jumped on the “let’s make a photobook!” bandwagon and used Tiny Prints to make an album for my eldest daughter. I was really pleased with the quality and the finished product and swore that I would make a book for each girl, each year, chronicling their lives, and that I’d work on them as the year went on so I wouldn’t fall behind. Yeah, hasn’t happened. I’ll probably get the photobook bug again around the Christmas season and stay up until three a.m. for a couple weeks getting them all finished in time. The best laid plans…
How do you manage your family photos? Are you an old school scrap booker, a diligent developer who places the images in albums, a photobook maker, or an “I have 13 years’ worth of photos on my computer and don’t know where to begin” kind of gal? Any recommendations for taking care of these precious pictures?