5 Tips to Turn Your Summer Photo Memories into Prints

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Last week, I wrote an article on 8 Must Photograph Moments This Summer. As a photographer and mom, I often feel overwhelmed about the amount of photos that are sitting on my computer. Sadly, just last year, my external hard drive became damaged, and I lost over 20,000 family photos. I am sure more than one of your friends has a story like this to share. Let's face it: technology can go very wrong.

At the beginning of this year, I set out to print more of our family memories. So far, I am failing miserably. It's like I need a little cheerleader sitting on my shoulder to encourage me to just get it done. No more excuses. I searched some inspiration for tips to print all these amazing photos, and here are some of my favorite suggestions from others.

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Get Organized Early and Stay On Top of It

The first and one of the most important steps to printing your photos is organizing digital files. I use Lightroom to help me with this, but you can easily organize your photos with a simple folder structure on your PC or Mac.

Once you set up an organization system, schedule a certain time during the week to sit down and organize photos. Some weeks may be lighter than others, but it is nice to have time set aside for the more photo worthy weeks. When organizing photos be sure do delete those photos that you will never print.

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Plan Ahead

As you organize your photos each week, set aside your top 10 favorites from the week. If you are using a photo organization/editing program, you can do this within the program. If you are using a folder system on your PC or Mac, create a folder for your favorites. This will make printing your photos at the end of the summer much easier.

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Shoot with Your Purpose in Mind

At the beginning of the summer, decide what you want to create with your photos. If your goal is to create a photo book or album, be sure to take photos to tell the story of your summer adventures. One of our summer plans is to go to the fair. While there, I will take photos of the rides, the food, and the boys experiencing it all.

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Print As You Go

There are several companies that make it easy to print your photos from your computer or Instagram. Here are a few of my favorites:

  • Social Print Studio. Previously known as Printstagram, Social Print Studio is a small, independent company based out of San Francisco. Their service allows you to turn your Instagram or personal photos into prints, books, framed photos, posters, greeting cards, and more. My favorite product from them is their spiral-bound mini books. I'm planning on printing a book for each of the boys every month this summer.
  • Sticky 9. Print 27 matted square photos from Instagram or your computer for just $16.99. Other fun products include iPhone cases, tablet covers, calendars, and re-usable stickers.
  • Hatchcraft. Get your photos framed in a hand carved, wood 4″ or 7″ square wooden shadow box.
  • Artifact Uprising. If you are looking for an easy-to-design hard or soft cover photo book, this is the place to go.
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Care for Your Prints

Now that you did all the work to get your photos organized and printed, be sure to take care of them. Hang them in frames and get them on the walls. To prevent fading, be sure to hang them in areas that do not receive a lot of direct sunlight. Follow any care instructions that may come with an album or other product you decide to create.

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What plans do you have for your summer photos this year?

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5 Tips to Turn Your Summer Photo Memories into Prints

Mindi is a working mom with three boys ages 4, 2, and an infant (born June 2013). She spent her first 8 years of her career in Speech-Language Pathology at a Children's Hospital. She currently works with adults and children in home health. The real fun for her happens when she is at home with her boys, chasing them around and pretending to be a super hero. She blogs about life as a working mom at Simply Stavish. Her weekly feature, Words in the Sand, teaches parents how to grow their child's s ... More

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