I don’t know about you, but trying to get our personal images off my hard drive and printed is definitely a task that I have a hard time keeping up with! I just can’t seem to find a system or schedule that works to stay on top of it. I would love to hear your ideas or suggestions of what works for you in this area so please comment and let me know!! I need to improve in being more on top of this and I would really appreciate your HELP!! I just hate the thought of having so many of our memory filled photographs stuck on my hard drives and not printed!

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When I do have some free time (which seems like never haha) I try to sit down and pull up past months and go through the photos I took to edit and print them. This is the process that seems to take the longest amount of time and can be the most frustrating if I can’t get it started and finished in one sitting. Over the years, I have found a couple of things that do help to speed it up.

1 >> First is that I aim to get the best possible image straight out of camera. This means nailing my focus, having correct exposure and also composing my image how I want it when I take the picture so that I don’t have to crop. I simply don’t have the time to spend hours upon hours correcting these things on my computer, especially when there is simply no need for it. Taking the time to get to know my camera and how to make it work for me (by knowing how to shoot in manual mode) is definitely one of the best investments of my time that I have ever made!

2 >> Second is that I have managed to make my editing work flow super quick and efficient using Lightroom and Photoshop and processing images in larger batches using actions. Otherwise, when I do want to make fine tune adjustments to white balance or coloring I would have to physically apply my edits to each photo individually. And again, I just don’t have the time.

Once the super hot temperatures hit here, I don’t do many photo shoots outside because it is simply unbearable to be out there all dressed up for a long period of time! Of course I still take lots of candids and photos of things like birthdays etc but I definitely don’t do any shoots where I actually take my kids out for the purpose of getting some updated nicer shots of them. So, when we travel somewhere cooler in the summer I like to do a photo shoot or two of my kids dressed in nicer clothes in a pretty place. We typically do these more planned photo shoots in the fall for Christmas cards and then again in the spring or summer around when they all have birthdays to document how they have grown!

Last summer we took a trip to Pinetop Arizona to escape the heat for a week and enjoy some cooler temperatures. I always love going to the mountains because it is a nice break and the landscape/scenery is so beautiful. While there we were able to get out and do one of these photo shoots and now as I look at them I can’t believe how much they have already grown since then! It always makes me thankful for our little photo shoots because I look back and see how much they have changed and I realize that I forget faster than I realize!!  I’m super excited to get these printed so I can make some scrapbook pages and possibly a mini album! I will also choose a few to print big and hang in our home!

Holmes Kids June 2014 Pine Top-4I just LOVE their laughing faces in the image above! My favorite thing is to get them giggling and then snap away! They always become my favorite of the group pictures!!

Little Lizzy Kate…. she is the one that seems to be growing up the fastest. I feel like those years between 3 and 5 are when they change soooo much and you literally wake up one day and they don’t their baby look anymore. So sad!!

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Tyler is also growing like a weed lately… needing new shoes every time we turn around and now has braces, which also makes him seem so much older!

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Matthew keeps us smiling… always up for having fun and doing things to make us laugh!!

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We can track the changes in Emily Jane this past year just by looking at her adorable smile and how many baby teeth she has lost. She also seems a lot more grown up to me recently!

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 Cutie Pie Nathan… still my best little smuggler and so helpful when I need things done around the house!

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Remember to share your editing schedule or your own workflow if you will in the comments below! Would love to know how you keep on top of getting your photos off your hard drive and printed!!

If you are looking for more information on how to shoot in manual mode or how to use your dSLR to its full capability you may want to check out my online photography class >> Photography 101.

If you are looking for more information on how I edit my photos and what my editing workflow looks like you may be interested in this online photography workshop >> Advanced Photography.

In both of these classes (which are instant downloads that you take at your own pace) I am a complete OPEN BOOK about how I shoot, edit, etc and teach everything I know about photography so that you can learn quickly what took me years of trial/error and figuring it out the hard way!

Happy Wednesday!!

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