Spring cleaning your photos

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It’s time for spring cleaning around my house, how about you!?  I have finally gotten around to a few projects that have not only freed up space but has gotten my family more organized and it feels wonderful!! But this blog post isn’t about the spring clean we usually do around the house. This is about cleaning and organizing your photos. Yes, all of those photos you have on your computer and your phone and haven’t done anything with. Sound familiar?  Read on!

It may feel like a monstrous task that you just really don’t have time for, but when you break down the tasks and commit to just 10 minutes a day, it will get done! Everyone has just 10 minutes each day they can reallocate, like substituting 10 minutes of social media scrolling for 10 minutes working on organizing your personal photos so you can actually print and enjoy them! Here are some tips to get our started.

1 – Let’s start with images on your phone. Go through and start deleting. Yes, delete! You don’t need 5 images that are almost all exactly the same. So often, we are taking several photos of the same moment in hopes to catch one that’s good and then we never delete the bad ones. So go through and delete anything that you wouldn’t print in an album. It’s easier to go through older images once the moment has passed and you can better choose the best ones to keep and delete all the rest. For any images you want to keep on your phone, for whatever reason, make folders to store those so you have them organized and easier to get back to view or share them.

2 – The next step is to get those photos onto your computer. Plug that baby in and transfer those images over to your computer. Put them in a temporary folder to organize later. Then delete them off your phone.

3 – Now that the photos from your phone are on your computer, make sure photos from any other cameras that you use are on your computer too.

4 – It’s folder time. Decide what folder organization system you want to use and create those folders today. Personally, I have a folder for every year and then I have subfolders for each quarter and within those might be a folder for a vacation or special event. You might want a folder for each month or folders for photo type like nature/wildlife, landscapes, sunsets, etc.

5 –  This next step is optional but it’s something I like to do to help me keep everything organized better. I go through at add the date to the front of the filename of each image. So if the filename is xyz123 and it was taken on August 3, 2017 (when you click on the image you will see the date created in the file information), I will change it to 20170803-xyz123. You might just want to do the year and month, or label it with it’s category or location, it’s totally up to you. This is the most tedious and time consuming step if you don’t have a program that will allow you to export them with the date and filename. Remember, 10 minutes a day. You’ll be amazed at how much you can get done in 10 minutes!

6 – Next, move those files into the appropriate folders that you have created. This will be the easiest step if you’ve renamed your files.

7 – Go back through your images and delete any duplicates or not-so-great photos that you may have missed or that were from your camera instead of your phone.

8 – Now that you’re organized, it’s time to print! Everyone can enjoy them once they’re printed into an album and off the computer.  I recommend using a quality print lab such as Nations Photo Lab for best results.

9 – Stay organized by taking time once a week to go through your photos on your phone and delete the ones you don’t need to keep. Then, at least once a month, upload photos from your phone and/or camera to your computer and rename them and put them into folders.

I hope this helps you get your photos organized!  Don’t forget to print!

Oliver | Fresh 48 Session

I am so overjoyed that I was able to capture these first precious hours for this family.  Baby Oliver was just a mere 48 hours old and already had his parents wrapped around his tiny but perfect little fingers.   With his soft dark hair to his adorable little toes, this little guy could sure melt any heart.  Enjoy a few of my black and white favorites from this Fresh 48 session.

Mr C’s Cake Smash Session

I cannot believe it’s been a whole year already since I met this sweet little boy.  I can still remember when his mom reached out to me (months before he was even born) inquiring about newborn photos and now he’s a toddler!  It’s been so fun seeing him every 3 months for his milestone sessions and I must honestly say I am going to miss it!  Enjoy a few of my favorite photos from Mr. C’s first birthday cake smash session!

In-home Newborn Sessions | Twin Cities Newborn Photographer

DSC_4660.jpgWhat’s so great about in-home newborn photography sessions you ask?  As a mother of four, I can tell you that trying to get out of the house during those first few days is TOUGH! That’s why I make it easy for my clients and travel to you!  I want you to spend more time snuggling that precious little bundle rather than having to spend hours trying to pack up and drive somewhere.  With my in-home newborn photography sessions, you don’t need to do a thing other than make sure baby is nice and tired when I get there!  A feeding and good burping right before tends to do the trick.

Worried because your house is a mess?  Don’t be!  You just had a baby and some clutter is definitely expected.  Rest assured that right outside the frame of many of my beautiful photos is a pile of laundry that didn’t get put away, or some toys strewn about.  There is no need to tidy up as I don’t need much space and can shoot around any problem areas. All I need is some natural light, so by a large window or sliding glass door is perfect!
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Do you have other children that you would like to be a part of the session?  No problem! Little ones tend to feel more comfortable in their familiar surroundings and will usually perform better for photos in their own home rather than an unfamiliar studio.  Whether it’s snuggling their little sibling on the bed or holding them next to mom and dad, I will make sure to get some precious first photos of your child and the new baby that you will treasure forever!  Interested in hearing more? Contact me today and I’ll send you my welcome guide!

 

Miss H’s Cake Smash

Another one of my sweet little newborns turned toddler!  I remember taking photos of this little cutie while she was still in mom’s belly!  It is so fun to see how she has grown over the last year.  Enjoy a few of my favorites from her cake smash session!

Miss P – Cake Smash

The winter months aren’t going to stop us from celebrating a first birthday with a fun cake smash session!  In fact, I just love doing indoor smashes!  Children are usually most comfortable in their own homes so I gladly bring my setup to them!  Enjoy a few of my favorites from Miss P’s session.  She was such a joy to work with! <3

Miss K – 6 days new | Twin Cities Newborn Photographer

Meet Miss K!  She was such a sweetheart and I’m so grateful that I was able to take her photos.  I know I have said this before, but I just love photographing newborns.  There isn’t anything as wonderful as meeting a new life and being able to document the first beautiful moments for the new parents to cherish forever.  I just love my job and I’m so blessed to have been given this gift, so that I can bless others with it <3

Mr. C’s 9 Month Milestone Session

It has been such a joy to watch this little guy grow over the past 9+ months! I remember when his mom first reached out to me inquiring about a newborn session and now we are planning his first birthday cake smash!  It touches my heart to be able to be a part of my clients’ lives and this little boy right here is definitely no exception! Enjoy a few of my favorites from Mr. C’s 9 month milestone session!