When our children are small we take lots and lots of pictures. I mean lots and lots and lots of pictures. The older our children get the less pictures we take of them. I think it all has to do with how cute they are…the smaller, the cuter and the more pictures we take of them. This large quantity of pictures can make organizing them pretty challenging. There is however, one simple trick that makes organizing children pictures much easier.
We take lots of pictures of our small children because it’s easy
In the days of film, one would use lots of rolls of film. This was a complicated process: buying rolls of film, taking pictures and then taking them to be developed. Because of this complex process, people would take a lot less pictures. In addition, bad pictures used to cost you money…with lots of pictures, it would cost you lots of money.
A digital camera simply removes all this complexity and allows us to take bad pictures without any direct cost.
As a result…we take lots of pictures of our children when they’re small.
Why is it difficult to organize pictures of children?
If you have been reading this site, you know that the best way to organize your pictures is to create efficient folder names and image tags (Read Organize your pictures in 5 easy steps). Because tags are somewhat free form, there is nothing special about tagging small children pictures, so just follow the same rules for creating tags for any other picture (Read Efficient keywording techniques).
However, things get difficult when it comes to creating folders for organizing your children’s pictures. Why?
On OrganizePictures.com I advocate that organizing your pictures around events is the best way to keep track of your many pictures and stay sane.
This is exactly where the difficulty lies with small children pictures. Most of the pictures we take when our children are small are not tied to any regular event. For small children the events happen mostly at home, or at a local park or in the store. In these cases we tend to have lots and lots of pictures just taken at home which makes it hard to organize in folders.
This creates lots of folders that look like:
My Pictures 2011 2011-03-12-home-funny-face --> home event folder 2011-03-13-police-station-school-trip --> actual event folder 2011-03-14-home-silly-dresses --> home event folder 2011-03-15-home-pretend-doctor --> home event folder
Now, you can easily imagine that looking for a regular event folder like
2011-03-13-police-station-school-trip, can become somewhat challenging simply because of all the event folders with pictures from home or the park.
One simple thing that helps a lot with organizing small children pictures
The solution is simple: create one more folder to group all the “home” events. This way you create one folder that contains all the folders with pictures taken at home or park or any other “regular” place.
So your folder structure can look like this:
My Pictures 2011 2011-03-HOME-PICTURES --> container for all home events in March 2011-03-12-home-funny-faces 2011-03-14-home-silly-dresses 2011-03-15-home-pretend-doctor 2011-03-13-police-station-school-trip
Now you can easily see that this makes navigating through an entire year folder much easier. Whenever you are looking for a regular event, you skip all the “home” events very easily and help you find things much easier.
This is another illustration of the old “divide and conquer” principle.
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