All in all we had a very good weekend. I had what I fondly refer to as a CRASH & BURN on Saturday night. I generally need to CRASH about every two weeks. This means I intentionally walk away from my to-do list so that I can relax and sleep and recover from my life. IF I do NOT get to deliberately CRASH for several weeks in a row, then I inadvertently CRASH & BURN in a very unexpected way. This is not a pretty thing and usually involves tears and a whole mess of emotion targeted at my sweet and steady husband. Luckily, my sweet and steady husband has learned not to retaliate, but to listen (without trying to fix anything) and then let me sleep.
Sunday was a much better day. After church, the our friends, the Jensens came for Taft's birthday dinner, and we served nothing but "Taft" food. We ate Kraft macaroni and cheese,
chicken nuggets, apples and peanut butter, rolls with butter and jam, smoothies and cupcakes. The kids played and we visited and I went to bed with a messy kitchen (not my preference.) I got up fairly early this morning and got the kids off to school, put on some music and cleaned. I'm still taking things rather slow and plan to get outside for some much needed sunshine.
Saturday morning was Taft's birthday party and everything turned out really well.
I never imagined before I had children how sentimental I would get on birthdays. I also never realized that I would automatically reflect back on the birth of each child and every single year feel that much more gratitude for the blessing of bringing a new person into the world. What a remarkable and wonderful thing it is to be a mother.
In an effort to support the Teach a Friend to Scrapbook campaign over at Scrapbook.com, I thought I would share my process for prioritizing and printing event photos.
I took 98 pictures at Taft's party.
Step ONE: Upload + Purge
I uploaded these photos on Sunday morning and did a quick run through, deleting not-so-good and duplicate shots. When I come across very similar shots (I call these duplicates) I view each image in full screen mode and pick the best one. I do NOT save lots of duplicates. After this initial purge. I had 68 photos left. NOTE: The best duplicate is the one where my child looks the cutest!
Digital photography has done away with the tendency we had to curb our
photo-taking. Since we are no longer limited by "24 Exposures" on a
roll of film, we can (and I believe should) take as many photos as we
want. The more photos I take, the more likely I am to get better photos!
Step TWO: Edit + Delete
Once I have purged my collection of event photos, I go back through them (not always on the same day) and do quick edits. For me, this generally involves a quick fix to adjust the exposure and/or use the cropping tool. As I go through photos again, I shift into edit mode and delete photos I really don't need. If for example, I have three shots of one party guest, doing different activities (playing a game, eating etc.) I decide which shot is the best one and delete the other two. After this second step with Taft's birthday pictures, I was down to 50 jpegs. NOTE: I was NOT always able to edit or pare down my event photos in this way. After years of moving photos through my system, I am getting better at knowing which photos I really don't need. Once you get into a rhythm and realize how often you scrapbook and how many photos you realistically use, letting go becomes much easier.
Digital photography gives us the chance to snap away with the hope that we will get the best shots. We run into trouble, when we don't delete the shots that aren't the BEST. Remember this.
Step THREE: Archive + Print
The next step in my personal process is to move photos I want to archive and print from my main pictures folder or library to a highlight folder. Even though I have already pared my photo collection down, I don't always move all of the photos left to my highlight or print folder. In fact, I try really hard to imagine which photos I will most likely scrapbook and move just those. Of the 50 birthday photos left after step one and two, I only moved 30 from my main library to my 2009 Spring highlight folder. At the end of June (or more realistically, sometime in July) I will upload this highlight folder to my account at Shutterfly and order prints.
When you Teach A Friend to Scrapbook,
She has MORE photos than she can possibly scrapbook in her lifetime. Tell her it's OK. Tell her that if she will purge + delete + print on a routine basis, she will be able to scrapbook LOTS of pictures. Tell her that every time she pairs a few photos with a few of the details she remembers she is celebrating life. Tell her that each time she creates a page, she is one page closer to telling an amazing story. Tell her that this is a story only she can tell.
Tell her she can scrapbook. Tell her you'll help!
Here are 10 of the original 98 photos I took on Saturday morning (remember, I have an additional 20 photos to play with)