Now it's just a question of wrapping up 2012 and looking ahead to 2013.
I love the new year. As arbitrary as it may be, it's an excellent opportunity to start afresh, make new plans, and look forward to the future.
One topic that you may be thinking about as you start to come up with new year's resolutions is... photo organization.
I know... and if those two words, PHOTO ORGANIZATION, fill you with dread, don't go, you're in exactly the right place!
In the past two years, over 400 parents have taken my workshops, and over the past couple of months, I've worked one-on-one with over 40 parents.
One thing I've come to realize from working with so many parents is that while for most, the priority is to learn how to take better photos of their kids, for some of you, the organization part is the piece that is holding you back and that you need to tackle first.
If your photos are disorganized, if the very thought of downloading them to your computer fills you with dread, if you're nervous about doing anything with your photos for fear of screwing something up so that you lose them... ultimately what ends up happening is that you start to take fewer photos, so you have fewer photos to deal with.
Believe me, I know it, because I've been there myself.
But the thing is, the worst thing you can do is start to take fewer photos.
You can always go back and edit your photos later.
You can always go back and create photo albums later.
You can always go back and do pretty much anything later!
But the one thing you can never do later is go back in time to take the photos that you wish you'd taken.
I don't need to tell you that those moments never happen again.
So how did you get to this point?
I know how it happens.
To start with, you don't really create much of an organization system because you have no idea how many photos you're going to be taking.
When you don't have a lot of photos, the lack of a system isn't really an issue - you can still find the photos you need, when you need them, pretty quickly.
But things slowly get out of hand as you take more and more photos.
The more out of hand things get, the more overwhelming it is to think about setting up a system.
Before you know it, you are paralyzed.
You have thousands of photos that are all over the place on your hard drive, or even on multiple computers.
You've dabbled with some different software, which has only made it worse, because now you have duplicates and, you have a nasty feeling, missing photos.
When you need to try and put together some photos, whether it's for your mother-in-law, your child's school project, or the family holiday card, it takes hours - it's like looking for a needle in a haystack!
You know you need to do something about this, but you are unsure if where to even start. You don't even know what software to use!
You need someone to tell you what to do.
Someone who has been where you are and come up with a solution that works, not just for her but for other parents too.
You need me!
I'm here to tell you that if you're interested in getting yourself out of this mess and creating a robust system that works, and you take a lot of photos of your kids that you want to actually be able to do something with:
The best software to use is Aperture or Lightroom.
And if you're intimidated by learning a new software, I've designed a quick and easy workshop that will take you through everything that you, a busy parent, needs to know, about either Aperture or Lightroom.
And check out part two in this series of three that will explain more about what Aperture and Lightroom are, whether they are in fact the right choice for you, and how to choose between them.