I took a lot of photos when we went to Disney World.
This should surprise no one that knows me! I’ve said it before: I really do believe that I enjoy things more when I can photograph them. On top of that, a photo is a wonderful way to spark a memory.
Since I knew that Tracie and I would be recording a podcast about my trip, I took special note of the number of photos that I shot. Indulge me while I record some numbers here, because I think it’s interesting:
- Before any culling, I had a total of 2,005 photos (not including photos from my sister-in-law, who generously shared her set with me, nor the PhotoPass/Memory Maker photos).
- 302 on Thursday
- 493 on Friday
- 396 on Saturday
- 459 on Sunday
- 310 on Monday
- 45 on Tuesday (morning at the resort, then traveling home)
- After culling (I went easy, deleting only the worst or near-duplicate shots), I had 1,448 photos from my big camera plus my husband’s and my phones (the vast majority are from my big camera). All of these photos got captions as per my normal photo workflow (all photos that I add to my computer’s hard drive must have some sort of caption in the metadata.)
Husband and I sat down together on several evenings right after the trip and looked through the revised set of photos, this time including the PhotoPass shots and the ones from my sister-in-law (which also got captions). We tried to be extremely selective, and we narrowed the set to 248 favorites. I shared these 248 on Flickr in an album accessible only to friends and family.
By the way, sitting together to look through our photos was a wonderful way to re-capture the magic of the trip. I came home from FL with a really awful cold, and so it was an especially hard re-entry into “real life.” Remembering our favorite moments together really helped to cement them into our memories.
My general plan for these photos is :
- create a “princesses” mini album for V, and a “Disney favorites” mini album for B
- create a basic photobook so that we can have all the photos available to look at ourselves and to share with others (since we all know it’s going to take a while to make an actual scrapbook! I want my kids’ memories to be reinforced by the photos.)
- get some printed as soon as possible to start scrapbooking
I’ll cover those first two points in other blog posts (as I complete them, I will add links). Right now, I’m going to focus on the prints.
I originally thought that I would just print all 248 as 4″x6″ photos to have them on hand. But the more I thought about my scrapbooking style, and the way I plan scrapbooks, I realized that would likely lead to a lot of extra prints. I’m okay with having some extra prints (to display, to share with V for her own scrapbook, etc.), but I didn’t want an overload of them–I would just feel so guilty.
So for my first printing of the photos, I narrowed the “favorites” set yet again. I chose photos that went along with my “favorite moments” (as noted in my Disney journals), photos that would be used in my daughter’s princess scrapbook, or just plain absolute favorite photos.
It was hard. As I sorted photos into a separate collection in Lightroom to be worked with later, it almost physically hurt. I admit, I am a little bit afraid of forgetting about them. But hopefully by referring to my “favorite moments” and the entire set of 248 (or the truly full set of photos), I will be sure to print more, possibly in other (likely smaller) sizes as I work through my scrapbook.
In the end I had 134 that I wanted to print at 4″x6″ for sure. I can already visualize how many of them will appear on layouts (that is exciting!). There may still be extras when I actually work through the scrapbook, but they are the favorites of my favorites. As I said before, V will use them in her own scrapbook, or we will display them.
I took advantage of Persnickety Prints‘ Super Bowl sale to order my photos (I had several other sets to print, as well), and I am so glad that I did! I am SO HAPPY with the quality of the prints! In the past, I’ve used big online retailers or warehouse stores to print my photos, and they always come back with a strange color cast and/or ever-so-slightly blurred (even after I check all the boxes to remove any auto-corrections that might be applied). After all the time I spend tweaking my photos to be how I like them, it’s such a disappointment. But the photos I got back from Persnickety look like what I see on my computer screen. The color is beautiful. They are lovely and clear. I LOVE looking at the photos, and I know that I’m going to love scrapbooking with them. I’m hooked on Persnickety now. (They didn’t ask me to say any of these things– this is truly how I feel!)