How to Organize Photographs Based on Personality Type | San Francisco Bay Area Family Photographer

June 26, 2018

For some, printing photos and creating photo books, albums or awe-inspiring collages is a natural talent. But for the rest of humanity? It feels like a daunting task and time suck you’d rather not deal with – but oh, the guilt! To get you motivated and excited to tackle your family’s memories, here’s how to organize your beloved family photos based on personality type:

The Mindful Minimalist

The Sentimental Hoarder

Laid Back Laissez-Faire

Tech Savvy

When you transform your important memories into something tangible, like a photograph, you are deciding what will matter to your family, especially your kids, in the future.


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The Mindful Minimalist = Photo Books

The mindful minimalist is a parent who always requests, “no gifts please,” on their children’s birthday invites. But it can also be the type of parent who likes to have their memories kept neat, tidy and fuss-free.

If this is you, then photo books are the perfect solution. Photo books are perfect for parents who don’t want to add clutter to their homes since photo books are half or more smaller than traditional photo albums. Also, there are endless options for creating photo books in all sizes and design layouts. Two of my favorite companies that create simple and beautiful books are Blurb and Artifact Uprising.

It’s as easy as uploading the photos you want in the book to their platform. And then dropping the photos into a layout – there’s even an option to auto-fill your photos into the layout. Also, these companies are constantly pushing out coupons throughout the year. So if you’re on a budget, create your book and save it and then wait until a coupon comes out to order.


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The Sentimental Hoarder = Modern Scrapbooking

The sentimental hoarder clings to every little and large memory/thing/item that involves their kids. This type of parent likely keeps lockets of hair, bags of teeth and jots down every funny thing their child says.

If this is you, then scrapbooking is the perfect way to document and preserve your family photos and memories. Now, now, don’t go all ape-crazy on me saying scrapbooking is for old school mamas and moms living in the Midwest. I’m not talking about your mama’s scrapbooking. I’m talking about modern scrapbooking that is now called “memory-keeping.” In two easy steps you’ll be well on your way to having a beautiful and personalized scrapbook (locks of hair and teeth not included!).

Step 1: Pick a scrapbook method. There are limitless options for scrapbooking. But because I’m all about finding solutions that are easy to replicate and maintain check out Project Life. It’s a modern take on scrapbooking. It takes the complication out of old school scrapbooking and gives a simple system to document your story. It’s a combination of photos and journaling/writing on pre-designed paper that you slip into photo sleeves. They even have a Baby Edition album and they have an app so you can digitally scrapbook right from your phone! Need more inspiration or other ideas about how to scrapbook? You can create a journal, make a smash book or even go old school with a traditional scrapbook. Check out these scrapbooking ideas/systems from CreativeLive.

Step 2: Print your photos and get creative!


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Laid Back Laissez-Faire = Photo Box or Album

The laid back laissez-faire parent goes with the flow. This parent has a sense of pride when at the end of the day their house looks like a toy factory exploded in it because, to them, it’s a sign of a good day. Organizing, cataloging and maintaining strict order is wasted energy in their book. They much rather spend that time chilling out with their kids.

If this is you then keep it super simple and easy and store your memories in a photo box or traditional album. Just print out the photos of the memories you value and you want your kids and family to remember and put them in a photo box. Done. Now, a few tips about this. Some photo boxes come with index cards. Use them so there’s some resemblance of organization. It’s also easy to toss sentimental items in the box too. It’s almost like a mini time capsule for your family. My favorite are the white photo boxes with index cards from B&H Photo. Remember to print quality photos though!


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Tech Savvy = App Created Books

I’m adding this last category since I’m based in the San Francisco, Bay Area and well, everyone here is tech savvy unless you’re over the age of 100 – even then (lol). So if you’re the type of parent who has a mountain of photos taken on your phone or you religiously upload to social media there’s a ton of options to easily create photo books directly from those platforms. Chatbooks makes photo books in 30 seconds from your Instagram or Facebook account or you can make a custom book from your phone of the photos you “favorite.” These books are affordable and easy. You really have no excuse at this point to not print out your memories.


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Benefits of Printing Photos

Like I said earlier, we assign meaning and value to the things in our lives by what we display or preserve. There’s so many benefits to printing your photographs, like getting a mood boost, increasing self-esteem in kids and ensuring your family has the memories they value which will be remembered for generations to come. I’m passionate about people printing their photos, which is why all my clients can order professional quality prints from me at just above my costs.

Plus, 10 years (or less) you’ll have bragging rights that you’ve survived the photographic Armageddon!

What’s holding you back from printing and preserving your memories? I want to help, let me know in the comments.

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