Creating an Album from Your Phone Photos

My husband and I planned a much needed vacation for the three of us to Hawaii and I made a huge decision- I left my camera at home.  Now, I have a terrible memory and I rely on photos to remind me of all our wonderful family moments so I was a little worried about the quality of photos I would capture on my iPhone 6.

Fast forward seven wonderful days later, I had 103 photos on my iPhone from our most relaxing vacation ever and had a decision to make- save a few photos for our annual family album or make a vacation album.  I decided to make a small album from Snapfish (they had a great deal, 60% off albums) and I’m so happy with the outcome.  It took me about an hour to upload, organize my album pages and order it but you could speed up the process by having your album place photos automatically.  I chose an 8×8″ album so the photos would not be too pixelated from being enlarged since they are not the best quality images but I have to say I was impressed with the overall quality.

I encourage each of you to get your photos off your phone and print them out, make an album, anything!  Here are a few suggestions to make it even easier. 

– Wipe off your cell phone camera lens with a clean cloth (or your shirt if that’s what you have handy) before you take a photo.  I sometimes see blurry spots on photos and it’s most likely due to a little dirt/smudge on your little phone lens.

– Delete all but one photo of a specific pose.  You will never need more than one photo of the same pose so pick the best one of the bunch and immediately delete the rest!!!!

– If lighting is poor, do a quick edit on your phone.  You can even use the magic wand button in your Edit function if going into the separate fields (Exposure, Contrast, Saturation) is too much work.

– After you upload your images to a website of your choice (Shutterfly, Snapfish, MPix, etc), you can click on the “Auto-populate” tool and your photos will be placed for you in your album.  Ta da!  Done! Or you can place photos yourself and choose page layouts, number of photos per page, etc.  Just make sure you have a glass of wine or a cup of tea so you can cozy up and finish this project in one sitting.

I hope you complete one photo project this Summer and feel free to reach out to me with any questions!  Now that I’m in my third trimester, it is NESTING CENTRAL over here so I’m happy to provide any tips or suggestions to help you organize your photos.

Hawaii Album 2015-2

Hawaii Album 2015-1