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Forgotten Pictures

The main reason I started creating my own photo books was so that I would have somewhere to put my images. For example, the week-long road Pacific Coast Highway 2014 road trip yielded over 2500 pictures. While we were on the trip, I took the highlights from each day and posted them to Instagram. When I got back home, I dumped the files onto my hard drive and continued to post a few more pictures in the days that followed. Basically, I only made use of 30 pictures.

Thirty???? Yikes. That’s baaaaaad.

In the last month, I’ve been revisiting our trip through Lightroom and then subsequently, the pages from the (finally finished) PCH photo book. Sometimes, I find myself looking through the images and smiling.

a page from my PCH photo book
My husband and Giada at the USS Midway Museum in San Diego. He’s telling her to stay. (I liked this candid moment better than the resulting posed shot.)

And sometimes I chuckle.

a page from my PCH photo book
Dinner time. Because when is In-N-Out ever a bad idea?

And often times I think, I need to go on more photography adventures.

page spread of Salvation Mountain from my photo book
But what I find happening most often is stumbling upon pictures and places I had forgotten about.
Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery page spread from my photo book
Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery: seriously how does one forget seeing something like this????


And this?

Stearns Wharf in Santa Barbara pictures in photo book
Stearns Wharf in Santa Barbara

I thought I remembered most of my Santa Barbara stop (there was a homeless lady that followed us down the street yelling that we were going to you-know-where. If it wasn’t so frightening, it would have been funny), but how did I forget stopping by the beach? How????


What really helped was turning on the GPS feature on my phone and camera. OMG, if you have the feature, use it. Once it goes into Lightroom, you can click on Map and see where the picture was taken (and also how many pictures you took at a certain spot). It also helps to jog your memory when you go back and revisit those vacation pictures a year later. If you happen to be one of those people that looks at pictures a year later. 😉

So….how many pictures do you take on vacation? And how do you organize and use them when you come back home?


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