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HOW TO ORGANIZE YOUR PHOTOS

In this day and age we have the ability to take and save photos on multiple devices and social media platforms. The ability to capture life’s memories is easier than ever. However, with all of the devices and daily photos, it can also become nearly impossible to locate certain photos when you need them. Since taking photos is my actual job, it’s very important for me to keep my photos organized, safe and accessible. I thought I would pass along some of my tips and tricks to help you organize your personal memories and keep them safe.


1. Organize your digital photos – get your images off of all your devices and onto your computer in one main folder labeled “MY PHOTOS”.

Make sure you move photos from all of your devices:

  • Phone
  • iPad / Tablet
  • Laptop
  • Desktop
  • Camera
  • Memory Cards
  • Facebook / Instagram
  • CDs / USBs
  • Email

2. Group your digital photos – drag your photos into folders divided by YEAR, then MONTH, then EVENT.

3. Purge – go through the photos and keep only the best, most meaningful ones. Discard nearly identical photos and out of focus images.

4. Backup – make a duplicate copy of your “MY PHOTOS” folder and save the copy to an external drive for backup in the event your computer would crash or files become corrupt. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

5. Print your photos – get your favorite images out of your computer and into your home and office for all to enjoy. Print monthly to stay on top of the process. Print in multiple forms – paper prints, mounted / framed photos or photo books. Enjoy the memories you have taken the time to capture.

6. Organize printed photos – store your prints in a plastic box (keep photos safe from unexpected water damage). Use dividers to sort photos by YEAR / MONTH / EVENT.

7. Easily find your photos – keeping photos organized allows you to easily find a certain memory when you need it. Example: baby photos of your high school senior, wedding photos 25 years later of the anniversary couple, or the time little Jimmy lost his two front teeth. Keeping digital files backed up in multiple locations and via printed copies ensures your memories are safe for generations to enjoy.


Stay tuned for the part 2 of this blog series, “What to Do with Your Digital Photo Files” – Where to Print your Digital Files.

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National Pretzel Day

In honor of National Pretzel Day, I share with you today the holy grail of pretzels – Dot’s Pretzels. You know, in the event that you’ve been living under a rock and never heard of them. Even if you don’t care for pretzels, I urge you to try Dot’s. They are not like regular pretzels. They have a special seasoning on them that makes them oh so yummy. Buy a bag today in honor of National Pretzel Day. You can thank me later.

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CJ SIGALA {SENIOR 2019}

It’s been awhile since I shared a recent photo session on the blog. With grad. season upon us, let’s start with a high school senior.

CJ has big things ahead in his future. After high school he will be going into the Navy’s submarine electronics computer field. How cool is that!? Wishing him the best of luck in the future in all that he accomplishes. So thankful to have been his senior photographer.

Christy B Photography {Seniors}
Pleasant Hill, MO
816.935.4961
www.christyBphotography.com
Christy B Photography {Seniors}
Pleasant Hill, MO
816.935.4961
www.christyBphotography.com
Christy B Photography {Seniors}
Pleasant Hill, MO
816.935.4961
www.christyBphotography.com
Christy B Photography {Seniors}
Pleasant Hill, MO
816.935.4961
www.christyBphotography.com

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Unique Photo Gifts for Mother’s Day

If you’re at a loss for Mother’s Day gift ideas, photo gifts are always a safe bet. What mom doesn’t love getting photos of her family for Mother’s Day? Let me help you take this year’s gift giving up a notch with ten unique photo gift suggestions for your momma.



1. Photo Pallets


How fun are these photo pallets? They are lightweight and easy to hang. Definitely a unique option that mom will love to show off to her friends when they visit. Tip: The company is currently having a 55% off sitewide sale and free shipping on orders of $30 until May 2nd. Click HERE to learn more.


2. Hanging Canvas Photos

If you follow me on Instagram (@christyBphotography), I shared this deal on my InstaStories the other day. You can order custom hanging canvas photos using your digital images. The same company also offers pre-made hanging canvas signs with just the right saying for mom. Tip: They are currently on sale marked down from $135 to $29 and free shipping! Click HERE to learn more.


3. Photo Magnets

When you were little, chances are your mom proudly displayed your artwork on the refrigerator. (Unless, like my mom, she didn’t allow anything stuck to her fridge. In which case the drawings were proudly collected in a folder in the cabinet. I’m not scarred or anything. ?) Now mom can proudly display photos of her family, young or old, on the refrigerator with these cute photo magnets. Click HERE to learn more.


4. Glass Prints

Hang them on the wall, display them on a table. Glass prints are a new way to display photos throughout the home – clean, modern and unique. Tip: The company is having a 25% off Mother’s Day sale through May 12th. Click HERE to learn more.  


5. Golden Square Prints with Wood Block Display

A simple way to display photos with a touch of glam. Include several photos so mom can change out the image displayed often. Tip: The company offers 10% off your first order when you provide your email for their newsletters. Click HERE to learn more.


6. Photo Journal

Does mom like to journal, sketch or make “to-do” lists? These custom journals are fun. Click HERE to learn more.


7. Photo Strips

Because photo strips are just fun. Mom can use one as a bookmark, tacked to the bulletin board next to her desk at work or stick them on the refrigerator – you know, if she’s the kind of mom that does that. (I’m kidding, mom!) Tip: The company is offering free shipping on orders of $25 or more through April 30th. Click HERE to learn more.


8. Ceramic Tile Prints

Another unique photo product. Mom can display her photo tile on an easel, propped up on a bookshelf or even grout it into her tile wall if she really loves you. Ordering is extra easy when you order using an image from your Instagram account with their Easy Instagram Photo Importer. Click HERE to learn more.


9. Photo Book

There is always the old faithful photo book option for Mother’s Day, as well. This company makes designing a photo book super easy by linking directly to your Instagram, Facebook, Dropbox or uploading directly from your computer. No confusing software needed to create a book. Tip: Get $5 off your first photo book with code FIVECB. Click HERE to learn more. 


10. Custom Photo Phone Case

Give mom something she carries along with her pretty much everywhere she goes – a custom photo phone case. Ordering is very easy linking directly to your Instagram or Facebook accounts to pull photos or allowing you to upload from your computer. Tip: Get 20% off your order with code LUCA20. Shipping is free over $35. Click HERE to learn more.

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Classic Pound Cake Recipe

I mean, a few germs help keep your immune system strong, right? Just kidding! I wouldn’t do that to you. My family, maybe. You, never.

The sun is shining, the weather is getting warmer. The time is right to bake my favorite homemade pound cake recipe. It is seriously the BEST pound cake recipe. It is all I can do not to pick the yummy, crumbly top off of the entire cake before anyone else realizes I baked dessert. Don’t be intimidated by the recipe. It’s really very simple to make though it is time consuming due to the mixing time required. You will definitely want to have a stand mixer. But the mixer does all the work. You just add the ingredients. The final result is totally worth it!

Add fresh strawberries and freshly whipped cream and you have the perfect Easter dessert. Just don’t lick the spoon and keep using it if you’re going to serve it to your friends and family. 🙂

RECIPE LINKED HERE

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ILY

Happy Valentine’s Day! Sending my love to you all – my clients over the last 12 years, my blog readers, my social media followers, the acquaintances I’ve met through this business and to anyone in need of an extra tight hug today. I love YOU with all of my butt…and my heart.

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Valentine’s Gift Guides {2019}

…For Him…

Moscow Mule Gummies  /  Corona Light Gummies  /  Bourbon Bears  /  Smoking Meat Book / Beard Grooming Kit / Whiskey Stones / Wooden Heart Guitar Picks / 12-Pack Heartbreaker Guitar Picks / UNTUCKit Wrinkle-Free Shirt / Tile Key Ring / Muscle Soak Bath Salts / Chocolate Bacon Bars / Driftaway Coffee Subscription / The North Face Etip Gloves / Bombas Socks / Saddle Leather Monogramed Toiletry Bag / Pop Chargers / Wooden Ball Hangers

…For Her…

Silk Pillowcase  /  O-Ring Key Ring  / Sea Salt Caramels  /  Mantra Band  /Bouqs Bouquet or Subscription / Date Night In Cookbook  /  Upcycled Louis Vuitton Apple Watch Band  /  Champagne Bears  /  Rose’ Gummies  /  Hoya Heart Cacti  / Plush Leopard Print Robe  /  Love Berries  /  What I Love About You Fill-In Book  /  Cozy Slippers

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Top Online Boutique Recommendations

For several years now boutiques have become a popular option over box stores for fun, unique clothing. If you do your homework and buy carefully, you can find some really great deals on cute clothing, shoes and accessories from online boutiques.

Along with trendy online boutiques, fashion bloggers, or influencers, are a dime a dozen these days. But there is a good reason why you might want to follow a few that share a similar style as your own. Look at the bloggers and social media influencers as your own personal shoppers. They try-on the clothes, tell you about the quality, how an item fits and feels, whether it’s recommended to size up or down, where to buy, and when there are money saving sales. They do the hard work for you. It helps in wondering if an item online is going to fit without the capability of trying on before ordering. Instagram has a plethora of influencers to follow to help inspire your own closet.

Whether searching for everyday clothing, a special occasion dress or photoshoot outfits, you can use your favorite fashion bloggers as a source to find inspiration for what to wear. Shopping online boutiques can also help you find trendy clothing that is different than what everyone else is wearing from the local mall. Today I’m sharing a few online boutiques that I would highly recommend. Keep in mind, online boutiques often have sales and free shipping options. It’s worth subscribing to their newsletters for sale notifications. There is really no need to pay full price unless you just can’t wait for that perfect item. I also recommend studying up on the return policies in the event you need to return an item. The return policies vary at each boutique.

Vici often gives their top influencers coupon codes for up to 20 to 25 percent off an order. Just Google “Vici coupon code” and you should have luck finding a way to save on your order. This is a great site for pretty dresses.
https://www.vicicollection.com

Items go fast on most boutique sites. Red Dress has an option to sign up for a wait list on items they will restock so you can be notified as soon as it comes back in stock.
https://www.reddressboutique.com

I’ve found a lot of cute sweaters from here.
https://dottiecouture.com

This site was recommended by my daughter. They have some really cute stuff.
https://sheisboutique.org

This site is really cute for college students.
https://thesethreeboutique.com

This is a local Kansas City online boutique.
http://shoplovelex.com

Really cute shoes here.
https://www.limelush.com

I share this site with a caveat. While you can get boutique clothing at really cheap prices, items from this site do come from China. It is imperative to carefully read item descriptions and sizing charts before ordering. I also highly recommend reading all reviews where people provide their quality and sizing reviews. You can find good items on this site. You can also find not so great items that fit more like child sizes if you’re not careful. I have ordered from this site and had luck. I have also heard of many others that have had luck with this site. Shipping does take up to a month but if you’re looking for good prices, this is a good site to try.
https://us.shein.com/
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