Welcome to Unfinished, my blog project for 2015! You can read all the posts here to catch up, and please feel welcome to join in at any point!
Today marks the end of the third quarter of 2015—I know—and I finally tackled a tiny tip of the iceberg part of the whole reason why I decided to conduct this little "unfinished" project in the first place: PHOTO MANAGEMENT.
Oh, photo management. It is my Kryptonite. I am oh-so-very-good at racking up the shutter count and oh-so-very-bad at being a responsible grownup when it comes to efficient photo management. I mean, they're all pretty well organized. I have boxes of carefully sorted-by-year film photos pre-2004, and digital photo management programs that are carefully organized by year, month, special projects, etc. I have a fairly hefty collection of printed photos, many which are carefully preserved in regular albums, scrapbooks, mini-albums, even digital photo books. No paying client has ever had to wait beyond a reasonable turnaround for photos. However. Ask my in-laws how many years it took to get wedding photos in an album for them (hint: it rhymes with thrive-and-a-half). It took more than that to get the school photo albums made. I could go on and on and on, but I don't want to bore anyone with my lifelong struggle with timeliness and responsibility.
So: for this month's project, I decided to tackle photos from Universal for The Great Birthday Surprise of 2012. I still hadn't sent Nancy my photos from this adventure, even though
a.) we went to Disney together in 2014
b.) we went BACK to Universal together in 2015
(those photos haven't been shared either)
To paraphrase Lao Tzu: the journey of 100,000 photographs starts with editing 357.
I sat down this week and powered through it all. It isn't that I don't love photos (GOODNESS, I DO); it isn't that I don't love reliving that amazing trip, the biggest harebrained scheme the two of us have ever hatched (IT WAS THE BEST!); it isn't that I want to deny Nancy photographs (THAT WOULD BE WEIRD). It's just that... well, I don't know. Sometimes I am inexplicable. I promise to try harder. In the meantime, I will keep reminding myself of all the photos that have been managed in one way or another and take comfort in knowing that those are stories told. There are just so many more to share.
Did you finish up anything this month? Be sure to check back on Monday when I feature a masterful photographer who probably never acts irresponsibly in the face of her photo catalog : )