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The Eyecandy Project 52 | 2/52

I’m late getting my Eyecandy Project 52 post up and for good reason. This week, er last week’s submission prompt was “From Above” and because I knew I would be taking a trip to the mountains with my girls I figured I would wait to snap a photo from the cabin.

As much as I would love to be able to sleep in on the weekends, I simply can’t. Okay, let me be a whole lot honest, I didn’t sleep soundly that night. I mean a houseful of women on a mountain, in a cabin not in earshot of another cabin. I like to think I was the lookout while everyone else slept.

Seeing as how I was startled awake at every sound of the ice maker or someone’s cough, catching the early morning sunrise wasn’t all that hard. I stepped out on the porch to take in the beautiful colors on that unseasonably warm Winter morning. It was so peaceful and this picture did the view no justice. It was absolutely beautiful.

Next week I’ll be back with an in depth post and vlog on our girls trip!

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The Eyecandy Project 52 | 1/52

If I jog my memory, I think it is accurate to disclose that there has not been one year since 2011 that I haven’t started some sort of photo challenge on this blog that I didn’t bother to finish.

With my focus on fleek now…if people even say “fleek” anymore, I’m joing  Lashawn over at Everyday Eyecandy for her Eyecandy Project 52.

This week’s theme was ” You at the Beginning.” She made mention that it didn’t have to be a selfie, but could indeed show exactly who you are outside of the physical.

This is me thinking. My mind is always going. To be matter of fact it can get annoying at times, switches direction sporadically and causes me to always keep pen and paper handy. Unfortunately my memory isn’t as swift so writing things down is a must for me.

I took this with my Canon T3i, tripod and a remote. The lighting and editing isn’t as perfect as I would like it to be, however this pose is me. Hoping that the one I take at the end of the year is in an actual office space.  I find myself in this position always, thinking of that master plan. You know the one, the one that is going to make us rich one day.

Wait for it.

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3 simple steps to organizing digital photos on your computer

Remember film, and how our parents would take photos of us and drop those little rolls off and a few days later come back with a bag full of pictures?

Those little kiosks in parking lots that were devoted solely to being the place where you would drop off and pick up your memories?

I do. My father was a photographer and film rolls in the refrigerator in those little round black containers were my reality. Fast forward lets say 30 years to be on the safe side and I can’t remember the last time I actually took the time to get my photos developed although it no longer requires me getting in my car, and  is as easy as uploading to a site and having them on my doorstep in a matter of days. We’ll take issue with that laziness later.

Today I’m sharing with you a few tips for effectively storing photos to your computer so that when it is time to look for first day of school photos, or that photo with grandma from the family reunion, within a few clicks you will know where to find those memories on your computer. It is incredible the different things you can do to your pictures with a computer, have a look at these image best practices to find out more about the things you can do to make your pictures even better.

Create a Consistent Upload Location

I’ve been guilty of uploading photos to my desktop, my external drive and to the downloads section of my computer. Do yourself a favor and pick a consistent upload location. If you do this you will automatically know where to look on your computer for your photos

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Create a Hierarchy of Folders

Say goodbye to just uploading photos, because we are uploading now. We’re not letting photos sit on our memory cards and deleting non important ones when we need space. We’re not.

Create a hierarchy of folders starting with one renamed for the year.  This simply tells you, if you know the year the photo was taken it will be stored in that file.

From there break it down even further creating sub folders named after the month, and within those month folders create another level of sub folder renamed for any special events.  Examples would include ballet recital, 100th day of school. Get really descriptive because it is likely in a few years a vague description won’t help you out when you are looking for a photo.

Create a Backup Location

As a person whose last half of 2013 is missing thanks to a dropped external drive. Please create a back up location, and then a back up for that back up. Facebook, Instagram and other social media sites do not count. While we think these places will be around forever they may die a slow death and take your photos along with them to a digital heaven you have no access to. Myspace anyone?

There are so many options for external methods for organizing digital photos. I currently use Dropbox and an external drive, and I am thinking about adding a cloud service as well. I’m not really versed on all of the technicalities of ways to back up photos, however Lashawn at Everyday Eyecandy has some great suggestions if you are looking to learn more about methods by which to back up your photos. She totally breaks down everything. Your memories are worth preserving so I encourage you to take a peek at the options she has to offer.

These are just 3 very basic steps to get you on track to organizing your digital photos.

How are you organizing your digital photos? Are you even dowloading them out of your camera?!


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project 365 |11-17

I can hardly contain my excitement about how the closet is turning out. The floor looks amazing. I’ll give an update later in the week!

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Watching them get off the bus makes me happy for some reason. I suppose its the pure innocence of childhood. I’m happy to be able to provide them the experience.

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I’m super excited for gardening season. When I saw these I had to get them. This year I’ll be doing boxes instead of containers. I’ll be starting my seedlings in a few weeks and will keep you posted.

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No matter what I say, she insists on playing in water under the premise that she is washing dishes instead of making a mess.

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Had to spend Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Founders’ Day with my Sorors

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Sometimes I just look at my babies and think about how blessed they are.

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I haven’t been out there to join them yet, but when it gets warmer

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