Last week I talked about digital decluttering for a bit. I mentioned organising your digital photos into folders, and today I want to share how I organise mine. I think I’ve got a pretty good system down now that works well for me, and it may just help some of you get your photos in order. I have three major folders for my photos: my personal photos, my MUA photos, and photos for Loepsie. Let’s go!
I go through phases of taking lots of photos, and then I’ll take barely any for months or even years on end. Especially now that I take loads of photos for the blog, I tend to not take as many private photographs, except for at events or on holidays. I still like to keep the photos that I take well organised.
The big “Photos” folder is organised by year. I found this is the most convenient way to categorise them in the long run, when other categories would get out of hand. You could also choose to make folders of, for example, “holidays”, “parties”, “sporting events” or make a separate folder for each family member and categorise the photos into years one level down.
Here’s a look into my “2014” folder, which I divided into months. In each month’s folder I keep all the photos of that month that make the cut (I sort through the photos on my camera before I file them), and if there are many of a certain day or event I’ll make a separate folder within the month.
This is my August folder, where there aren’t any loose photos but I have two folders for major events; one holiday and one summer camp with the kids at the scouting.
Makeup Artist Photos
I’m currently starting up my business as a freelance makeup artist. Building my portfolio involves a lot of photo taking, and there’s some designing involved of the website, businesscards, etc.
My big folder is devided into “Portfolio”, “Raw Portfolio” and “Website”. My businesscard designs are currently floating around, but should probably be assigned a folder as well.
The “Website” folder contains any promotional material or photos I use for the website that aren’t end products.
The “Raw Portfolio” folder contains all the photos I take when I do someone’s makeup, or all the photos I receive from photographers after we do a shoot. I will later make a selection from these, edit them (resize & colour correct, mostly) and copy them into my “Portfolio” folder. Again, bigger shoots are divided into folders.
The “Portfolio” folder contains the best photos from all the shoots & sessions I do. Not all of these end up on my website (by far) but I have a larger selection of good photos here that I could potentially show people.
The last folder is for everything related to Loepsie, both the blog and the channel.
The folder is divided into two folders, “Concept” and “Published”. I also have my basic administration in this folder.
The folders are pretty straightforward. In the “Concept” folder, I keep photos for posts and videos that have yet to be published, all in their respective folders. There’s also an “Other” folder for any random photo material.
The “Published” folder contains all the photos from posts that have already been published. Before the photos make it here I will have deleted any photos that I didn’t use and don’t think I’ll ever use in the future. I migrate folders from “Concept” to “Published” once a week.
I’m very satisfied with this system, it always allows me to find whatever I’m looking for quickly and keeps all my photos separated.
How do you organise your photos?