trying to stay sane

Being someone who loves to takes photos and document everything, I have to stay organized or I will go insane. After various attempts with numerous programs, I think I am finally at the right place – Adobe Lightroom. It does everything I need it do (and a little more).

Now everyone has a different system to organize their photos and I have certainly spent hours upon hours researching the best solution. Wedding photographers organize by weddings, baby and family photographers tend to organize by client, but how do ordinary people organize? After many attempts at consolidation by event, date, people, place I finally resolved that organzing by date is the only way to go for me.

First I organize by year. I have scans back from my birth and beyond.Lightroom Years

Within each year I organize by month.Lightroom Months Shot

And within each month is the date followed by a title (or brief description) of the day.Lightroom Month Details

I “keyword” everything so I can search my photos by specific people, events, places and/or details and then create a “collection” of these photos for photo books, projects, etc.

Lightroom Collections

Now I have been documenting our lives every day for the past 5 years and that is A LOT of photos. I am currently at around 200,000. There is no way I could keep all those on my computer or even half without my computer crashing, so I use external hard drives. And not only are they all stored on the external hard drives, I am also currently using CrashPlan for my external back up of my hardrives. You can never have enough back up!!

Whatever you do, stay sane and find a path towards the zen of photograph organization.


project life/365 – week 16

Welcome to another week!

A Picasso inspired piece for Mother’s Day.Week 16-31

And a lovely poem. My heart melts.Week 16-30

My Mother’s Day present to myself – a trip to Safari Park. A selfieWeek 16-8

Almost as big as the gorillas.Week 16-9

Acting like a gorilla.Week 16-10

Hanging with the lemurs.Week 16-11

Lemurs are cool.Week 16-12

Me as a lemur.Week 16-33

Harry was the lorikeet whisperer.Week 16-16

They really liked him.Week 16-37

Love the colors.Week 16-17

A 5-month-old lion cub.Week 16-34

Isn’t he cute playing with a big box just like a kitten? ( but much, much bigger)Week 16-35

Loved watching all their antics.Week 16-21

Just incredible.Week 16-36

Brother and sister.Week 16-23

Brother and sister playing.Week 16-24

They really liked to play.Week 16-25

Just couldn’t get enough of the cubs.Week 16-26

I swear he is smiling.Week 16-28

Mommy and baby elephant. What could be more appropriate on Mother’s Day.Week 16-29

Couldn’t take the drive to Michaels every couple of days so I decided to open my own Rainbow Loom store. Harry has to buy them from me. Saves a lot on gas money.Week 16-7

Lunch date with my best friend.Week 16-6

Harry showing off his new shoes to the cats. They look fascinated.Week 16-3

On a journey with a bucket full of Rainbow Loom dragons.Week 16-5


Life is beautiful, as long as it consumes you. When it is rushing through you, destroying you, life is gorgeous, glorious. It’s when you burn a slow fire and save fuel, that life’s not worth having.
                                                                                                               D. H. Lawrence


the power of women

enhanced-buzz-wide-11785-1392163388-11    Tara Moore / Getty Images

Do you think our great grandparents, our grandparents or even our parents had any idea what we (as women) would look like today? What do you imagine they would think?

Getty Images in conjunction with assembled thousands of photos of women with the idea of documenting powerful women in our contemporary world. These images hope to change the way we look at women.

The images made me swell up with pride. Look at who we are and what we can become. We are not limited. We are a force. We are to be celebrated for our uniqueness and our accomplishments. What a powerful project!


project life/365 – week 15

And another week goes by….

We celebrated Arbor Day by planting a tree in our town.Week 15-1

At our designated area we started the digging.Week 15-7

And kept digging. Week 15-2

A giant rootball thwarted our efforts, leaving us with a twisted shovel (which I forgot to take a photo of.) After walking back, trading out shovels and moving our spot a bit, we started again.Week 15-8

Sucess (finally). Here is the newly planted Hong Kong Orchid tree.Week 15-4

The Hong Kong Orchid has these gorgeous flowers.Week 15-3

Found this funny sign on our walk around town.Week 15-5

Dragon origami.Week 15-6

Chess club.Week 15-13

Raja lovin’.Week 15-11

A surprise early Mother’s Day celebration. (Patrick forgot the last 3 years so he had a little making up to do.)Week 15-12

Hope you are having fabulous week!

project life/365 – week 14

We love book fairs – lots and lots of books !!! This was one of several piles! Yikes!Week 14-8

These ridiculously fun creatures are part of our annual Flower Show.Week 14-2 Week 14-13 Week 14-14

One of our scores at the book fair was 139 episodes of MacGyver for $8. We spent the weekend binge watching MacGyver!Week 14-6

Their is a certain fascination with our cart escalator at Target. Week 14-15

“Holy Unanticipated Occurances.”Week 14-10

The boys wrestling.Week 14-16

And Raja.Week 14-11

Happy Mother’s Day!!!

i will remember you

Syberia-1Losing a pet can be overwhelming. After our cat died recently, I felt so lost and alone yet the memories were so vibrant in my mind. I knew I had to find a way to channel the energy into something that would help me overcome the sadness. A photo book allowed me to tell her story in photos and words and start my healing.

I searched my photos on Lightroom using keywords pertaining to my cat and put them all in a “Collection”. I used the Lightroom “Book” mode and created a quick and easy book linked directly to Blurb. The simplicity was just right for this project where I wanted to quickly get my words down. I made a 7″x 7″ soft cover book.

The following are some excerpts of the book:

How she came to be with us.Syberia-2

What she was like as a kitten.Syberia-3

Her relationship with the other animals.Syberia-4

Her relationship with people.Syberia-6 Syberia-7

How she played and her favorite toys.Syberia-8

Fun photos and a story about a specific day.Syberia-10

Favorite details – her sounds.Syberia-9

Her personality.Syberia-12

Her physical characteristics.Syberia-14 Syberia-16

Her favorite treats.Syberia-15

Her favorite places.Syberia-11

Her impact and what she taught us.Syberia-13Syberia-17 Syberia-18

And a good-bye.Syberia-20

We all miss you soo much.  We now have this wonderful book to look through and remember all the things we love about you.

project life/365 – week 13


Waiting for a friend at the train station. (Love how little he looks among the larger architecture.)Week 13-1

A Scavenger (Silly Faced) Egg HuntWeek 13-2

Inside each egg was a picture and the picture led to the next egg and so on and so on…Week 13-3

There was an egg in the sock drawer among some many other crazy places.Week 13-4

A picture of a dishwasher?Week 13-5

What kind of crazy Easter Bunny leaves the Easter basket ( full of pool and beach toys) in the dishwasher?Week 13-6

Patrick was out of town, so Harry and I splurged on a special Easter Brunch (complete with a yummy pomegranate mimosa.)Week 13-7

An Easter Selfie.Week 13-8

Ready, set……Week 13-9

Go!Week 13-10

The aftermath.Week 13-11

Trying a new type of Easter Egg art with crayons called Volcanic Explosion. It sounded great in theory but it was an epic fail. We will always remember the disaster we created!Week 13-12

Easter Bunny Harry Rainbow Looming Wild Man.Week 13-13

This may seem like abuse but our cat really likes it. No really! He is actually trying to catch the water stream with his outstretched paw.Week 13-14

A soaking wet Moomba!Week 13-15


Hope your weekend is filled with silliness!