Confession: I am a Hoarder…A Photo Hoarder That Is

At first I didn’t know what started my obsession with keeping photos. It started long before I became an actual photographer. No, this problem began around the mid-2000’s decade. When digital imaging started to get better. However we could never afford a decent camera and the Megapixels still weren’t great then. Which means most of the photos I have of my daughter are hard copy. And all of the young photos of my oldest are hard copy, some even scrapbooked.

I think I started saving every digital picture I took when I got my first REAL camera, a Nikon d50.It was then when I started taking more professional pictures of not only my kids but my whole life.

This is the first photo I took with my first dSLR, a Nikon d50.

This is the first photo I took with my first dSLR, a Nikon d50.

As much as I knew I was a natural I still had outtakes that I kept. Like ALL of them. I think not having a camera for so long led me to believe that I had to save everything because I couldn’t just “quickly” view photos prior to that. It was going through stacks of prints. It wasn’t until we overhauled our main PC and had to delete everything on 3 hard drives that I finally saw how much of a problem I had. What is worse is that every single GOOD photo I have shared is online in more than one place usually so I don’t even NEED a copy on my own drives. Losing data on the drives was a blessing in disguise.

I was telling my husband the other day about my hoarding and he mentioned that it seemed I was living my life through the digital images instead of remembering actually being there. He has a point. I take a lot of photos because that is who I am but I have no idea why I didn’t get rid of photos that are blurry and not that great. THOUSANDS OF THEM.

I am doing a lot better now, with new photo editing software and actual paying clients I am working on streamlining and getting rid of any image that is not print worthy either professionally or just a candid shot. And since many photos I take only exist digitally I am going to work on getting more albums printed too.

Do you secretly hoard photos on your hard drives too?

About Candace Reid

Candace Reid is the owner and author of My Serendipity Life. She is the mother of 3 and a college graduate having earned her Associates Degree in Business for Hospitality/Food Service Management. an an AAS degree in Photographic Imaging from Lansing Community College. She also loves to blog about food, fun tech and travel. Email Candace

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