I know it’s fashionable to say that one isn’t into New Year resolutions, but I am. Maybe it’s the word “resolution” that people have a problem with. It sounds pretty final. But I think a new year is the perfect time to take stock and decide what your goals are. It’s the push I need to get going on things I’ve been putting off.
Like organizing my photos. I’ve always been “the photographer” among friends and family, but this started in earnest about five years ago when my husband bought me a real camera. My sweet Farley was my first muse, but of course when Stella was born the number of daily photos I took increased exponentially. At first, I stayed in the habit of printing photos after each event and adding them to leather-bound albums. Then at one point I stopped doing that, and when I went to print everything that was “pending” the total cost exceeded $200. Plus, I already have dozens of photo albums tucked into a window alcove in our living room; they are literally gathering cobwebs. None has been touched since we moved into our apartment and I put them up there, in November 2007.
Obviously, this is not a sustainable long-term practice. My goals for this year, hopefully the first quarter of this year, are to:
- Move all photos from computer, iPad and CDs onto a separate hard drive.
- Folder photos with date and event information for easy searching.
- Create photo books of each year, and/or each major “life event.”
- Replace most framed photos in my house with new ones.
- Print on canvas at least one photo for display at home.