Hello Everyone and welcome to the June 2023 Nap Times. I am going to be taking some extended time off this summer and have three amazing guest writers lined up for The Nap Times! I wanted to bring in people who are experts in categories I think many of us struggle with. The first thing that came to me: MY PHOTOS. Y'all, it's a dumpster fire. Allow me to introduce Casey (aka “Miss Freddy”) who has been life changing for me in the photo realm. I have saved countless posts of hers, and they are always so helpful.
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Casey von Stein, aka Miss Freddy, is a certified Professional Photo Organizer in Golden, Colorado. After 10 years as a professional photographer, she realized that what people really needed was HELP organizing and enjoying their photos.  
Q&A With Miss Freddy
Why is it important to organize our photos?
Our camera rolls have become a source of stress and overwhelm. People often feel ashamed by the number of photos in their camera roll. We have forgotten that photos are supposed to bring us JOY! They represent all the blessings in our life we have decided to document.
But because our camera rolls are large and hard to navigate/find what we need, it’s become difficult to ENJOY those photos. Once our photos are organized and properly backed up, we can restore the FUN of photos again. We can USE the photos in exciting ways like making photo books, creating custom videos, easily ordering photo gifts, and more.
What stops most people from organizing their photos?
Fear and uncertainty. Fear of making a mistake and losing valuable photos. And a lack of confidence around technology. Also a lack of time (we’re all busy!).
(If this is something you want to do but aren't sure how, checkout my Backup Bootcamp™)
What’s the most common mistake you see people make with organizing photos?
The most common mistake is that most people tend to start with the JUNK. They sit down and start scrolling back through their camera roll, deleting blurry photos or screenshots until they quickly get tired and abandon the project.
My advice is IGNORE the junk for now and instead focus on what matters most. In my opinion this is getting all of your photos into ONE place and then creating a solid backup system.
Once those two steps are complete, you can come back to the junk/cleanup or you can focus on using/enjoying the photos instead if THAT matters more to you!
I’m overwhelmed! Where should I start?
Name where your photos currently reside. Part of our overwhelm stems from the fact that photos are scattered in many, many places instead of in one central, searchable hub. So write down a list of the places your photos/videos are currently saved (ex: cloud services, old hard drives, old computers, CDs, etc). Truly, just write them down.
Then what?
Establish a Digital Photo Hub. Typically this ‘hub’ can live on an external hard drive so you have sufficient space- most of our computers these days don’t have the space we need!
Copy ALL those photo sources you listed above into ONE place!  This step can be time consuming but it’s SO WORTH it! Once your photos are all in ONE place, you can use technology to help you!  Things like automatic duplicate removal to clean up, facial recognition and keyword search to find what you need faster, and automatic memories to experience lost moments again. It's fun!
Anything else you wish everyone knew about keeping their photos safe?
Yes! This applies to iPhone users. Many people don’t understand that iCloud is a SYNC not a BACKUP. Even if you see those photos on multiple devices, I only consider it ONE copy.
iCloud can save you if your device dies, but because it’s a sync when you delete one place, it’s deleted everywhere. I’ve seen WAY too many people delete things off their phone thinking they were “safe in iCloud” without realizing deleting from their phone IS deleting from iCloud.
Backup best practice is to have THREE copies of your photos so if your photos are currently only in iCloud, prioritize making an additional copy. An external hard drive is my personal favorite.
Miss Freddy's Top 3 Tips For Conquering Your Camera Roll
1. Fall in love with Search and Albums! These are the keys to finding your photos easily as our camera rolls continue to grow in size. Searching by person, place, thing, date, source, even TEXT (within a photo or screenshot!) is a game changer. It's all automatic and continues to improve as tech advances.
Albums are my other favorite tool to find what I need. My most used albums are the "Best Of" Albums for each family member (even the dog) and my "Home" Album of before + after photos of house projects. Remember that Albums do not create additional copies of your photos (they reference to the original photo in the Library) so you can make as many albums as you want without increasing the size of your library or requiring more cloud storage space. You can even include the same photo in multiple albums if needed!
2. Start a Daily Delete Habit. Take 2 minutes at the end of the day to review your camera roll and make decisions + delete the junk. You have to do your dishes every night and cleaning your camera roll can be the same. Limiting the cleanup to only ONE day makes it small, quick and not overwhelming. If you want extra credit, you can type today's date into the search bar (love that search!) without a year (ex: February 7) and do your Daily Delete on those search results. Again this keeps a nice boundary so you don't get exhausted with the cleanup, but after a year's time your library will be sparkling clean!
3. Have a Screenshot Strategy. What if your camera roll was just dedicated to memories (photos and videos) and screenshots/information lived somewhere else? I save screenshots in my Notes app! (Google Keep is a great android option). In Notes I can organize into folders and subfolders, add tags by topic, and even search within the screenshots themselves to find what I need so fast! I love the enhanced organization. You’ll find a demo of this trick on my Instagram or in my Screenshot Strategy Fast Class.
Learn More
My website missfreddy.com has information about my services- I organize digital photos for clients all over the world using screen share technology! I also offer many self-paced online courses to help you tackle ALL the photo projects on your list. Finally, I share lots of free tips + tricks on my Instagram account @miss.freddy.
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Alright friends, I hope you found this special edition of The Nap Times as helpful as I did. Casey is the real deal! As someone who has an overwhelming amount of photos and digital content stored on my phone and computer, her tips have saved me. I hope you will check out what she has to offer and these tips gave you the confidence you need to take back your camera roll. Talk to you next month with another special guest writer.