Sometimes the best ideas happen quite by accident

We had a photo shoot done recently and I’ve got to tell you… I am in love with it.

Not from a vanity point of view but just that it is so me.

Of course it does help that everybody who sees the pics says they love them šŸ™‚

Connor poking Friday’s eye out… and enjoying it. This is so him!
enjoying a joke
Mummy and Kendra (my snuggle bug)
Love love LOVE!

I’m still deciding which to have printed on canvas.

Part of my process is to print 10 X 15s of the ones I’m thinking of printing BIG just to make sure.

It’s much cheaper to spend R3 a pic to make sure you’re happy with the quality, colour, etc. than to spend R500 on a canvas and it is not exactly what you had in mind.

Last year after looking through pics on my computer I thought I’d have a particular pic printed on canvas. Good thing I had the small prints done because I changed my mind.

Back to this year’s shoot.

I loved so, so many I had 150 printed.

And it has been the best thing ever.

I had an album that takes 100 pics so on Friday night I sat and arranged the best 150 in the album.

Let me tell you… I can’t stop looking through it.

I’ve said before that I think we all (a collective all) don’t print enough pics now that we’re digital.

E.g. When we visited Australia in 2004, we had about 8 rolls of film developed. That’s 288.

Most of those except the obvious duds – I’d say about 250 – are in photo albums.

When we visited Thailand in 2006, we also took hundreds of pics and I have 2 printed. Yes, you read that right – TWO!

And yet I love looking at them.

So I’ve decided on a little project once my Christmas organising is out of the way.

I’m going to haul out those discs and get our travel pics printed and put in albums.

Do you have your photos printed regularly?

How do you display them?

Photos taken by Jeanette Verster (click through to see a few of the others)

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  1. I don’t, but I do look through my digital pages often and I get a happiness boost EVERY. SINGLE. TIME! No matter the form (printed, scrapbook, digiscrap, blog, even metadata captions in digital picture), the important is to preserve the memories.
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  2. Oh, and BTW, my offer is still valid! šŸ˜‰
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  3. I take a photo per day and have those in a photo album per year, they have the date and a caption where necessary. I digitaly create scrapbook layouts that get put into a family album by the year. Individual layouts (birthdays or celebratory layouts) get put into that person’s album. I blog as well, uniting photos with captions. Holidays also get scrapped so I seldom print out any additional photos just like that unless it is for grandparents or frames for our home.
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    • Marcia Francois says

      Stefanie, you are awesome at keeping records of the memories. Share your secrets šŸ™‚

  4. Ooh, the shoot went well and all the pics are sooo beautiful – I can understand why you go through them all the time! The little ones grow up so fast and believe me, these (before 5 years) are the times you are going to remember most, so take pics and enjoy them! Thanks for sharing.
    My husband and all our children, ( plus their husbands) are enthusiastic photographers, so we have a LOT of pictures! I leave Hubby to keep them sorted and every so often we have a picture evening with the pictures screened from a data projector onto a sitting room wall: our very own movie evenings!
    One daughter, an artist, paints her most beautiful pics on canvas with oil, and as such they are enjoyed a lot in a different way.

  5. One of the things I’ve started doing with photos is creating DVDs with slide shows, video and music all integrated together. I use iMovie and iDVD. You can spend a lot of time getting fancy with various transitions and perfecting the timing of pictures to music or you can make them quick and simple. We watch the DVDs over and over again. It’s a great way to capture memories and the feeling of the moment (especially with music). Here are a couple I’ve posted to Youtube…(quality is reduced for Youtube)…

    A little more fancy, with transitions and integrated video (visiting my cousins in Northern Spain):

    Easy, straightforward, created this in less than 1 hour on the iPad2 (visiting my team in Shanghai):

  6. When my memory cards get full (I have a couple that I rotate out, keeping one in my camera and one in my laptop at all time so I don’t lose the little stupid things) I dumped them in a folder on my computer called ‘to burn’. When my computer runs slow, I dump the folder on to our external hard drive that holds a terrabite or some crazy amount.

    There’s no other organization or printing 99% of the time ROFL

    Once in a blue moon I’ll print and frame one though.
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  7. Great photos. Cute snuggle bug photo, and love the macthing shoes.

    Lucky you having a photographer who gave you the disc so you could print 150 photos. (We had a family photo shoot 2 weeks ago. Great photos but the cheapest photo size was Ā£10 (R130) for a 5″ x 7″ print. )

    The last couple of years I’ve made photobooks: at Christmas, after a big holiday and as a “Year in Review”, both for our family and grandparent gifts. I’ve recently found a company that, a few times a year, lets you make a 100-page book for US$35 (R280) plus postage, which I think is a bargain for the 300 or so photos I tend to include in these photobooks.

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