Happy New Year! I hope 2017 is treating you well so far 🙂 2016 just seemed to fly by and this new year doesn’t seem to be slowing down any either.
New Years Eve marked our first wedding anniversary! We marked the occasion with a steak dinner, a bite of our freezer-burnt wedding cake (ew), and a NYE celebration with friends.
Since the first wedding anniversary is traditionally the ‘paper anniversary’, I gifted Mike a photo book that included pictures from our Paris proposal, engagement shoots and wedding. I created my photo book using Shutterfly.com (affiliate link), and I was able to put together my photo book in just a couple hours.
My photo book gift to Mike was entirely related to one of my current goals to finally get a handle on my digital photos. I haven’t printed a photo since high school and my digital photos have been scattered across numerous files, folders and hard drives. While we have the photos from our wedding in an album, none of our other pictures had been printed. The only reason our wedding photos are even in an album is because our photographers gave us the prints. I know that once the baby comes, the photos will multiply exponentially, so now is the time to get things organized.
I’ve now spent several evenings organizing photos into folders by year and occasion and am already feeling better about having them all neatly categorized. But I’m not sure what to do next. Even neatly organized on a hard drive, they’re just going to keep piling up, never to be seen again. Should I print photos and put them in albums? Should I create several more photo books? Also, what’s the best approach for backing up my digital photos? I’ve already had one hard drive crash on me, so I know those don’t last forever. I’d love any suggestions!