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Let’s be honest: We’re all guilty of snap-happy tendencies. After that long-awaited trip or afternoon birthday celebration — you realize you’re left with an overflowing camera roll. We’re big believers that a life well lived is a life well documented, but what happens when documenting leaves you feeling overwhelmed? Well, we’ve got you covered — follow along with four everyday photographers (with enviable photo habits) to hear their best-kept-secrets. Hello, organized photo life.
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With Jenna Graham
When taking pictures of my three busy babies, it’s not always easy to get the perfect shot, so shooting multiple shots of one event helps me maximize my chances of getting "the one". The key to this, though, is to choose your favorites right after shooting. The first thing I do is cull them — deleting any and all images that are blurry, accidental bursts, closed eyes or poorly lit. This helps me spend time editing the photos that are the ones I love the most, and it also helps me feel less overwhelmed when it’s time to choose what images I want to share to social media or print. Once I have narrowed a batch down, I use the favorites feature to quickly put all of my favorites into one folder. (When you press the star button below the photo, it goes into the already-set-up favorites folder). I edit those few which best represent the moment I was trying to capture.
With Tania Kolesnik
I love using the albums tool on my phone to organize our most cherished memories. I create albums based on both the year & occasion so I have a place for every picture that is meaningful to me. I add photos into their corresponding album as I go — it’s so much easier to find them in there than in the depths of my camera roll. Since becoming a mom, I’ve learned to organize our best shots intentionally to easily make gifts for our loved ones. I’ve found that creating an album for all of the wonderful people in our lives at the beginning of the year (grandma + grandpa, aunts + uncles, friends, etc.) helps me accumulate photos that relate to them so I can conveniently make a meaningful gift for them! (Photos of our babies are our go-to gifts). I’ll also make an album ahead of time for a gift and then I am reminded to gather photos for that gift as I go.
2017: At the Beach
2017: Days at Home
Images for Father’s Day
With Scott Snyder
I take an incredible amount of photos on a daily basis, so I keep coming back to a few apps to help me stay organized. First, I use the iCloud photo sharing (which is already on my phone with iOS). Here, I make different collections and allow others to contribute (perfect for making a shared book for a friend or family member!) I also use Google PhotoScan to scan in all of the old photos of my family so that all of my photos are in one place — on my phone. Also, Google Photos is a great tool for backing up / auto-organizing your photos. At the end of every few months, I upload all of my photos there.
With Bev Weidner
I’ve discovered that creating stylish and minimal photo books straight from my phone is a breeze. So easy that I make one every year for the fam! And myself. I do this for birthdays, milestones, holidays — anything that gives me an excuse to print out my images. Because, hi, I’m obsessed. I pop onto the AU App, upload straight from the albums on my phone, and ba-da-bing! Tangible memories. Also known as: your excuse to weep for a straight month. I rest easy at night knowing that my photos exist — in real life. But, they ultimately end up on an external hard drive, in case of the apocalypse. You know.
Follow along with the Contributors
Tip 01: Jenna Graham
Tip 02: Tania Kolesnik
Tip 03: Scott Snyder
Tip 04: Bev Weidner
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