I am very proud of my new photo organizing habits. It was a long time coming, but once I found the best approach for me, it was pretty smooth sailing from there. Before I go any further, let me share my disclaimer...the process is NOT perfect. Ok, now that I got that out of the way here it is.
Step 1. I first had to identify my "storage" format. I did not want to continue storing photos on my lap top. They take up too much memory and plus I run the rist of losing them, should my computer crash etc. After debating and pricing out exteral hard drives, I decided to go with jump drives as my "storage" format. The are inexpensive and easy to store.
Step 2. Next I had to upload/download all of my pictures from my phone, camera memory card and laptop. This was a very time consuming process. It took me a few days at about 2-3 hours each day.
Step 3. Probably better off if thought of as step 2b. Organizing photos by date/occasion etc. Since my son is only 17 months, we still count in months, so seperating photos by month seemed the most logical. This also makes it easy to share with family and friends along the way as he grows.
Step 4. Up keep, probably the most important step in the process. My goal is to uplaod pictures from my phone and camera once a month. At the end of the month, I create a new folder and name it the month and year and put alll the pictures taken that month in the folder. I typically create seperate folders for occassions, i.e. weddings or trips.
Bonus step. I have vowed to make photobooks for my son's first year and I am proud to say as of today, I have accomplished my goal. The book above is December 2011 of O's first year. It has been a lot of fun mkaing these books. I am going to continue making them. I typically wait until I have a coupon code. I never pay full price for the photo books. Today's book was actually free! All I paid for was shipping.
Hopefully, this will inspire you to organize your photos