This post on ways to store and organize family photos is in partnership with Clever Girls. Content and opinions expressed here are all my own.
I don’t know about you, but my laptop has an overload of photos on it. Family photos, vacation photos, photos for blog projects, and pretty much any photo I take.
I’m terrible at organizing photos and a lot of them just sit there after I upload them. No more. I’m done with photo overload.
I’m ready to save space and search for photos easier, especially with a slow laptop that I’m pretty sure is owed to the amount of photos I have stored on it.
Ways to Store and Organize
A few weeks ago, I got the chance to chat with National Geographic Photography Annie Griffiths. During the chat, I got inspired to get my photo overload under control.
It’s actually not hard to do using these ways to store and organize family photos. Going forward, they will save space and make it easy to search for photos!
Delete Right Away
I’m really bad about this! I take several shots of pretty much everything I’m taking a photo of. Then they just sit in the folder.
Now when I upload, I’m going through and doing a once over to delete any unwanted shots. If you delete photos you don’t want right away, it can save a lot of space in the long run.
Fun Photo Tidbit: Getting rid of junk photos is what photographers call “editing”. Editing is not the use of Photoshop, or other software that enhances photos.
Label Photo Folders
If you’re like me, you put your camera SD card in your laptop, or connect your phone to upload your photos. Those photos go into a folder and you go about you busy day. The bad thing?
They get uploaded into a folder by date. I don’t upload my photos on a daily basis so one upload has lots of various photos over the course of several days.
Searching is no fun when I need a photo. When you upload, label folders based on the event or trip, and date, so you can quickly locate the photos you need.
I have to hang my head in shame on this one because I haven’t been doing this, and it’s FREE! Seriously.
There is no reason for me to have my photos taking up space on my laptop when I have an Amazon Prime Membership. Why?
Amazon Prime Members have access to Amazon Cloud Drive with Prime Photos! That means unlimited photo storage is part of the Prime membership! Boom. You’re welcome.
Not gonna lie, I was a little nervous about using Amazon Cloud Drive and transferring my photos, videos and documents over. This was a first for me, and I figured I would break or lose my something.
Nope. It was SO easy to set up Amazon Cloud Drive and the Amazon Photo App. I decided what to transfer over and it happened.
It’s not just photos that you can store on Amazon Cloud Drive. Amazon Prime members get 5 GB of additional storage space for videos, movies, music, and files.
You know you need somewhere to put all your Whip Nae Nae videos of the family.
For now, I’ve moved over all videos and music, as well as some photos. I’m moving photo folders over as I organized them.
I started to move everything, and it was over 32,000 photos + documents + videos + music to transfer, and a lot of its junk. Yeah, see why I need work on storing and organizing my family photos?
Use a Photo App
A photo app for storing and sharing photos can save space on your device and make it easier to upload photos. Because I’m loving Amazon Cloud Drive, I have to tell you how wonderful your life will be with the Amazon Photo App.
If you have an Android or iOS device, the Amazon Photo App will back up your camera roll. Score for freeing up space on your device so you can snap more awesomesauce photos!
The Amazon Photo App isn’t just for back up though. You to access your photos and personal videos across devices!
That means those family photos you may have uploaded via the web you can access them on your phone too! Want to share them?
Photos and files can be shared via private links from within the Amazon Photo app, or via your computer. That made it easy for me to send my sister all her wedding photos I still had from 2012!
I know your brain is probably still stuck on Whip Nae Nae so I will give you a quick recap of these ways to store and organize family photos.
- Delete junk photos right away to save space.
- Label folders when you upload for easier searching.
- Use secure storage, like Amazon Cloud Drive, to store your photos and save space on your device.
- Back up the camera roll on your phone with the Amazon Photo App to save space.
If you are looking for a way to store and organize your photos, videos, music, and documents, you can do that securely with Amazon Cloud Drive. Not only does it help you out with existing content, but you can also automatically upload endless amounts too!
Amazon recently announced two unlimited storage plans, both start with a free 3-month trial:
- Unlimited Everything Plan ($59.99 per year—the equivalent of less than $5 per month): Store an infinite number of new and existing photos, videos, files, documents, movies, and music in Cloud Drive.
- Unlimited Photos Plan ($11.99 per year—the equivalent of less than $1 per month): Similar to the Prime member benefit – non-Prime members can also store an infinite number of photos in Cloud Drive without worrying about taking up space on phones, cameras, or other devices. This plan also includes 5 GB of additional storage for videos or other documents and files.
Learn more about Amazon Cloud Drive at Amazon.com/clouddrive
What are your tips for storing and organizing family photos?