I’ve always laughed at the old saying, “The shoemaker's kids have no shoes!” because I’ve often felt it applies to me. The cobbler spends so much time repairing the shoes of his customers that he doesn’t have the time to repair his own children’s shoes!
While I have been busy writing a book on photo organizing and supporting the growing photo organizing profession, I realize that I have, quite unintentionally, neglected my own photos.
This became clear to me this holiday season, when I started searching for the perfect photo for our annual Christmas card. I found myself frantically scrolling through thousands of images on my phone, searching for my camera memory card, checking my dropbox folders, and looking at my facebook photos. I did everything I could think of to find the one elusive photo that could represent our family this year.
Can you guess what happened? You’re right - I never did send a Christmas card. I had not followed my own advice!
If you’re like me and you struggle every year to find that perfect Christmas card photo, here’s a really quick and easy tip to implement into your photo organization in the new year: whenever you take a photo that you think might be “Christmas card worthy”, tag it or add it to a specific folder for potential Christmas pics. That way you won’t be scrambling every holiday season to find the right one.
This is a tip you can practice even if you haven’t gotten your organizational system completely in place yet. For a more comprehensive look at crafting your own perfect photo organization system, check out “Chapter 4 - Organizing You Digital Photos” in my book: Photo Organizing Made Easy: Going From Overwhelmed to Overjoyed!