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Organize Your Photos

Most graduations are in the spring. But it’s never too early to start getting organized. In fact, some people start as soon as the kids are back in school.

Organizing your photos can be a big job. Especially if they’re in shoe boxes and scattered all over your house. Or if they’re on your computer in different folders or on camera cards. Start collecting your photos and organizing them as soon as you can.

While you’re searching for photos start thinking about which ones you want to display at your graduation party and how you want to display them. Do you want to make poster boards filled with pictures? Do you want to create scrapbooks? Do you want to put them in photo albums? Do you want large posters? Do you want a DVD? Do you want to place your photos on tables under clear plastic tablecloths? Do you want a combination of these things? Do you want something else? The possibilities are endless!

Once you’ve collected your photos or know where they are you’ll need to have a general idea of what you want to do with them. For example, if you want a DVD or if you want to create an “online” scrapbook or photo book then you will need to convert printed photos to digital. If you have a scanner you can do this yourself by scanning the photos one at a time. You should always scan your photos at the highest resolution/biggest size possible. If you’re not sure how to do this, if you don’t have time, or if you simply don’t want to do it then contact your local photo processing store. Many of these places now offer a service that bulk scan printed photos to digital. If your local photo processing store doesn’t do this, ask them if they know someone who does.

Prepay and save!50 free printsIf many of your photos are digital but you want printed photos to display on poster boards, in scrapbooks or in photo albums then you will need to go through your digital photos and decide which ones to print. Do this early so you can take advantage of sales and marketing offers. 

Snapfish and Kodak are examples of online photo processors that have sales and discounts throughout the year. You can upload your digital photos to their websites and when they have a sale order the prints. (You can also order posters, photo books and other cool items from Snapfish and Kodak too.)

It’s easy to get caught up looking at all your photos but try to control yourself!  Also resist the urge to organize them all.  Since you’re planning a graduation party look for photos of your grad. Here are some “categories” to look for …

  • baby pictures
  • school pictures – from kindergarten or pre-school through high school
  • team and club pictures
  • pictures with friends – growing up but especially high school friends
  • pictures with family
  • travel pictures
  • graduation pictures – informal and formal
  • and don’t forget … newspaper clippings and other certificates and awards

Once you have your photos collected and organized it’ll be much easier to decide what to do with them!

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