How to Organise Years of Photos

I don’t know about you but I seem to take hundreds of photos (sometimes just in a day!). As I’m sure you can imagine, the numbers of photos on my phone or camera can get very big, very quickly! But how do you organise your photos without getting overwhelmed?

Organise your photos by year

I’m only just beginning to put this into practice, but there are so many tools you can use to not drown in photos! I’d start off small. Organise your photos into folders according to the year that they were taken.  This means that, at very least you’ll be able to search through your photos by year!

Try out cloud based storage

If you do anything else then please back up your photos. Unfortunately, although memory sticks and external hard drives do their job they’re not 100% foolproof. By all means put your photos on there but why not try out a cloud based storage platform? There’s so many options out there from Google Photos to Amazon Prime Photos. These services can also automatically group your photos by place or even photo subject. On some devices you can set your photos to automatically upload to the cloud.

Delete your photos as you go along

Have you taken a super nice picture of some grass? Or even an accidental selfie with the camera pointing the wrong way? Delete those pictures before they start to mount up. Only storing your favourite photos will be much kinder to your phone or SD card storage. It will also make the overall numbers seem way more manageable.

Did you know you can get SD card readers for your phone? These can be really useful if you’re on holiday or away from a computer for a longer period of time. Sometimes it’s really difficult to know what photos to delete. Loading your photos onto a bigger screen can help you decide. You can also try out some smartphone apps to edit your photos. For more help with this check out our previous blog post on smartphone photography.

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Share and print your photos

Even if it’s just sharing your photos on Instagram you’ll still have a back up for your photos, so do it! Remember that you can make your account totally private if you’d prefer. If you’d rather have physical copies then there’s no safer way of keeping your photos than through a physical print. There’s so many websites you can use to print out your photos. Even if you’re just putting prints into a photo album, it’s still worth it! If you’re feeling a little more creative then a quick google of “Photo DIY” there’s so much you can do with prints – from photo transfers to photo frames and everything in between.

Parenting Insights | Becki

In yesterday’s post we spoke to Becki, a Mum of two to Caleb and Essie. Every Sunday we’ll be giving you an insight from a Mum and her parenting experiences. 

“Every parent looks to their past and wants to add something to their children’s path…”

“You look to how your parents did it for guidance. We were not allowed sweets, during the week, Sunday was sweetie day. As an adult, I knew I wanted to do the same for my children, that its a treat. Being open and talking was a big one for me, My family are quite an open family compared to my husband’s, so like all families it’s all about teamwork. The challenge can sometimes be linking two different childhoods together to create one parenting style.

Every parent looks to their past and wants to add something to their children’s path and so on, my dad worked a lot. He feels he didn’t do as much as he would have liked with us (I personally don’t look at it like that, we had a very lovely childhood with nice holidays, because he worked so hard) but now he is a grandparent, he is having a second go as it were! The grand kids get away with everything with him…”

Parenting Stories Chapter 3

Here on our blog we’re shining a light on Mums from all walks of life. In this article we talk to Becki. She’s a Mum to Caleb and Essie.  She started documenting every aspect of her life, from motherhood to fashion and style. Concious of the balance between her digital presence and real world life, she still includes the children but via her blog. She’s continuing to pursue her passion for fashion through her Instagram content.

What does parenting mean to you?

When our parents had us there wasn’t as much spoken about what we are and are not doing. Now there’s an element of pressure to how you’re bringing up your child  – now there’s so many more “dos and don’ts”. But whatever the case, I just want my children to know that we are there for them, no matter what. Talking is so important. I want to instill in my children, that it’s okay to feel certain ways sometimes. They’re loved by me and their Dad. They can be whoever they want to be, whatever that means! It may sound a bit stereotypical but I want them to always be kind to other people. Kindness goes such a long way.

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In your opinion, what’s the most rewarding bit of being a parent ?

Loads! Them even just saying “mummy” and “daddy” is awesome. These little people that represent you in so many ways but have their own personalities. In their eyes you are amazing. All the milestones they go through – it’s all stupidly fast. They go from newborn to school in about 5 minutes, it’s crazy! Some days it doesn’t feel like that, but when they hit milestones like learning words or starting to read, you know you’ve helped them do that, which is amazing! Even seeing their view of the world, you’ve influenced that! They also teach you a lot about yourself like patience and how to be a child again!

How do you think your parents have shaped how you’ve bought your kids up? 

You certainly look to how your parents did it, for guidance mainly as you have no other way to know sometimes what to do. For instance, we were not allowed sweets, during the week, Sunday was sweetie day, so as an adult, I knew I wanted to do the same for my children, that its a treat. Being open and talking was a big one for me, My family are quite an open family compared to my husband’s, so like all families it’s all about teamwork. The challenge can sometimes be linking two different childhoods together to create one parenting style.

Every parent looks to their past and wants to add something to their children’s path and so on, my dad for instance worked a lot and feels he didn’t do as much as he would have liked with us (I personally don’t look at it like that, we had a very lovely childhood with nice holidays, because he worked so hard) but now hes a grandparent, hes having a second go as it were! The grand kids get away with everything with him…

Now is your chance to embarrass your kids – tell me an embarrassing story! 

I think your first born has an element of perfection. I think this is a ploy, so you end up having more kids! This week I was called into school because he’d stuck play-doh in his ear and they’re not allowed to remove it! I had to go up with my own tweezers and fish it out! That’s one for the list…

My daughter hasn’t done anything embarrassing yet but I’m sure out of the two of them, she’ll have way more stories in the future! She’s just different and a bit more of a firecracker!

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What annoys you the most about parenting? 

I’m lucky that my husband is as entwined in the parenting as I am. It’s not a case of him “babysitting” – its your child, you’re not babysitting!

You cannot just clock off, or leave it at the office. It’s a constant list in your head – whether it’s getting things ready for school the next day or it’s doctors appointments. Once you’ve committed to taking on that responsibility of starting a family, that’s it!

Its not something that annoys me, so to speak, but the pressure of wanting to just ‘getting it right’ You only have some control on what will/can happen but ultimately its your child’s journey and that can be a bit scary.

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How to Take The Cutest Dog Pictures

Dogs are a man’s best friend – do you want to turn your dog into an Instagram superstar? Follow these tips for some super cute dog photos you can show off to all your friends!

Act normal!

When you’re taking pictures of your dog, take it slow – act like you’re doing absolutely nothing! The worst thing to do here is act like its a huge dramatic thing that’s happening, keep it as normal as possible and your dog is more likely to stay put! You also don’t want them to think you’re playing a game and they end up moving around way too much!

Don’t use flash

puppy-1903313_1920Although in most photography cases you use flash indoors, not here! Using flash runs the risk of startling your dog which you don’t want to do! If you need flash, then try raising the ISO. The ISO is a scale on your camera which relates to light sensitivity – you’ll find it on a scale from about 100 to roughly 3200 (though the numbers vary a little between cameras). Use a low number if it’s a bright sunny day or slowly raise it if there’s not much light around. Using a higher ISO will give you a bit more noise in the photo though in return you’ll definitely be able to see your dog! The best way to decide what ISO you need is trial and error. Start off by raising the ISO in small amounts otherwise you might get a picture that’s unnecessarily noisy!

Get your dog comfortable

Let your dog sniff the camera. This way they can understand it’s not some weird unknown machine that might cause them harm. Body language is also seriously important, dogs can pick up on human body language so easily. Unlike cats – eye contact is really important. Straight on eye contact is a sign of security for dogs – in the wild, it’s what their pack leaders do.

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Watch the details and your background

When taking pictures of any animal, focus on the eyes! This means anyone looking at your image will look straight at the eyes so it gives the image a focus – and the eyes give your dog the cute factor!

Your background is also really important. As a general rule, try make the background as simple as possible. You want maximum attention on your dog at the end of the day not your washing behind him!

Take lots of pictures and experiment!

We’re not in the days of film photography now – so take lots of pictures! This means you can select the sharpest, clearest image as your winner! Try taking your photos from different angles. I always find the cutest pictures are taken on your dog’s level – see the world from their perspective!

Maybe you’re after an action shot of your dog playing. If this is the case you’ll definitely need lots of pictures! Your camera/smartphone probably will have a continous mode so you can take a burst of pictures milliseconds after the previous one. If you can set a shutter speed then get this as quick as possible!

Pay your model…

Lastly, just as humans love a good treat, I’m sure your model will too! I’ve been told this is the best way to get some future cooperation.

Parenting Insights | Emma

In yesterday’s post we spoke to Emma, a Mum of three from Cornwall. Every Sunday we’ll be giving you an insight from a Mum and her parenting experiences. 

“…I will always support you don’t ever be afraid to talk to me, you know there’s nothing that you can say which will upset me. I’m here to support you 100%…”

“…I was fostered as a child so I’ve always known that as a Mum I want to be the best parent I can possibly be. Going from foster home to foster home, I’ve always wanted to show them that no matter what you do wrong I will always back and support you. The affection you get from them, knowing that you’ve created this little person. You see how much they love you and rely on you. Even the smallest things, like cooking their favourite dinner (which is anything pasta!) makes them so happy.  This little person you’ve created is so amazing.”

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At the Beach (from @the.greens.in.cornwall on Instagram)

Parenting Stories Chapter 2

Meet the Mums

Here on our blog we’re shining a light on Mums from all walks of life. In this article we talk to Emma. She’s a Mum of 3 – Charlie (10), Harry (9) and Rosie (6). Starting out with a blog and working with some brands, she has now built up an Instagram following. Over there, she documents the ups, downs and everything in between of life as a stay at home Mum. 

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Emma and Rosie (6)

 

What does parenting mean to you?

There are so many so many ways to answer that question. You sacrifice your life for them to protect them and give them what they need. To show them unconditional love. It’s a minefield. When you have your first child you go into it all blind, to the idea of being a parent – you’re winging it. Now with three, they’re all so individual – you do the best you can for them every day. 

I will always support you don’t ever be afraid to talk to me, you know there’s nothing that you can say which will upset me. I’m here to support you 100%

In your opinion, what’s the most rewarding bit of being a parent is?

The affection you get from them, knowing that you’ve created this little person. You see how much they love you and rely on you. Even the smallest things, like cooking their favourite dinner (which is anything pasta!) makes them so happy.  this little person you’ve created is so amazing.

How do you think your parents have shaped how you’ve bought your kids up? 

I was fostered as a child so I’ve always known that when I want to be the best parent I can possibly be. Particularly because of my background, going from foster home to foster home, I’ve always wanted to show them that no matter what you do wrong I will always back and support you. I want them to know that there’s nothing you can do which will upset me, I’m here to support you 100%. 

The kids know quite a bit about my upbringing and they took it quite well – it doesn’t phase them that we haven’t got a massive family network. I think everything happens for a reason. I think they enjoy the fact we are a small unit. We’re such a tight knit family – it’s just us, my partner and they have a stepsister. We’re all here to support each other. It’s nice having a small unit, we go out for adventures on weekends and all kinds of fun activities. 

If you could do one thing differently, what would it be? 

We’ve recently moved. About a year ago we moved to Cornwall. For us, that’s what we chose for a better life for them. Where we used to live there was a lot of bullying and we were insecure about letting them go out to play. We’d worry about what would happen to them, you can’t be with them all the time and you have to let them have them have their freedom. But where we are here, we can let them play out the front friends that they’ve made there’s not a constant worry about how they are.

Now we’re about a 15 minute drive from the beach and things are so different. People don’t have the same priorities. The silly things like having the right shoes and brands just aren’t there anymore, we can worry about the bigger things in life!

Now is your chance to embarrass your kid – tell me an embarrassing story! 

I don’t know if this is ultimately embarrasing but we were walking in a little village. I took my kids to feed the ducks – have a picnic, that kind of thing.  I  gave my daughter, who’s 6 some bread to feed the ducks. I made sure I told her to steer well clear of the water and don’t chuck the whole loaf in. But the next thing I know – I look round and she’s in the water with the ducks!!  My boys found it hilarious and even started filming it! I just hope the other people nearby weren’t watching too closely…

What annoys you the most about parenting? 

The most annoying, and I’m going to be completely real here, is how untidy and messy they can be! I’m not a complete neat freak – things have a place! It’s when they take their school clothes off and just throw them on the floor. I’m like “you know where they go!”. They might have a packet of crisps but leave the cupboard open – but I don’t think I’m alone in this battle!

What’s the one most important thing about parenting?

Don’t follow other people – it’s good to be different. Now with Instagram and so on, people show what they want you to see, but it’s not real life! They post just the good bits and not the reality. Filters or not, do it how you feel comfortable. There’s nothing wrong with asking for advice, don’t feel like you need to follow the crowd!

Documenting your memories is another thing I think is so important. I’d reccomend taking a picture a day of your kids. It could be in any format you like  but it creates a lovely record of how your kids so you can see how they’ve grown. When your mother in law comments on how much they’ve grown, you have the proof!

So above all, use your time wisely, make the most of you children while they are young because before long they grow up and don’t want mummy cuddles or to go out with you because their lives develop more as they grow.

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7 Reasons to start Photography

Photography is more accessible than ever before. We want to show that ultimately  anyone can start taking some stunning pictures. 

1. Photos have the power to create change

Your photos have the power to create real change. Photography is such a powerful visual tool that your viewers can learn so much from. The rise of smartphones have given us all our individual, personalised promotional platform. Let me give you a brief example, where I combine two of my passions to make a small impact, here and there.

Nowadays we’re always hearing about conservation and protecting our planet. I passionately believe that to protect our animals we need to understand them. I don’t mean just in the sense of what they eat, when they eat and from a biological point of view but also their personality. Seeing animals as closer to humans than not will help protect them. So next time you’re taking pictures of something living – think about the emotion, how can you best convey their personality? 

2. You can capture your family memories

Your kids are always on the move. On Saturday, we have our second parenting interview going out. Mum, Emma couldn’t have put it better “I’d reccomend taking a picture a day of your kids. It could be in any format you like  but it creates a lovely record of how your kids so you can see how they’ve grown. When your mother in law comments on how much they’ve grown, you have the proof!”

3. Getting out of your comfort zone

Taking photos encourages you to go out and visit new places. If you’re not sure where to start, why not google “photo experiences”? It could be something to add to your Christmas list. They’re held in so many different locations – cities, zoos and walks in the countryside. You go with a group of people (or a 1:1 session if you prefer) to take photos. These have such a nice environment as you can all learn together and make new friends at the same time. It’s likely you’ll all have different cameras too so you can help each other out – conquer the same challenges together. Above all, photography encourages you to look at the world a little bit different – see things you didn’t see before. Get down (or up!) to a different angle – look at your subjects from as many different angles as possible! If you want to – it’s even an excuse for that holiday you’ve always wanted to go on. For me – I’ve always wanted to go to Norway to take photos of the Northern Lights – but maybe you’d prefer somewhere a little warmer?

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Roses on Whitstable beach from @wildlifeclaire on Instagram

4. You can connect

Photography can link you up with all sorts of people you never would have dreamt of meeting. If you’re just starting out, the good news is there’s so much help around! A simple search on Facebook will connect you to photographers across the world of all levels. You can share experiences, pick up inspiration and get some advice. Some also arrange meet ups. Maybe you’ve just moved to an area – photography could be the key to meeting local people.

5. It’s a rewarding hobby!

You can start with the phone you have right now! For sure, you can invest however much you want into photography but it’s not a necessity. It’s all about your creativity. That’s what’s unique and what will get you some showstopping images. Loads of my family members create photobooks each year with all their favourite photos. Taking them off the screen gives you something concrete you can look back on for years to come. Why not try making a Tremo book to start?

6. Share them with a click

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Nowadays, you don’t need to spend a fortune developing film. You can share photos with friends and family at the click of a button. What could be better than instantly sharing your memories? If you’re stuck for ideas, see what’s on Instagram. There’s so many posts under different hashtags – #instasunsets and #photooftheday might give you some starting tips! Some people can use Instagram highlights to group their pictures by topic. Social media is also brilliant at giving you instant feedback on your pictures – don’t be too restricted by the number of likes though!

7. It’s yours

Unlike films which can only portray one, factual angle at a time photography is your own unique brand. It’s the world from your view and no one will have the same images as you. There’s so many creative products you can make from your own photos. Photo mugs, wall art and customised clothing are just some of the things you can do with your photos and you don’t need loads of money to do it! I findloads of ideas on Pinterest to create really unique photo displays. Particularly around this time of year, you can get twigs and branches to help you make a ‘frame’ which you can tie with string. With pegs, you can then attach the photos. I love how unique these look – something you really can’t buy in the shops!

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We’d love to see your photos – tag us on Instagram and use the hashtag #tremobooks and we’ll share our favourites!