I am reposting (because I’m lazy) something I wrote several years ago, on exactly this topic:
So, I hear you asking, what do you do with all those photos?
Well, first I back up. I have heard too many horror stories of people losing all their photos when their laptop crashes, or a disc is corrupted, or I remember the case of one guy I worked with who complained to his IT department that his work laptop was too slow. They cleaned out the c: drive, and deleted all his family photos for the last two years. He hadn’t backed them up anywhere else!
So I have all my photos them on discs, or portable hard drives, as well as my laptop. A photographer we talked to recently recommended storing all photos on gold discs, because they don’t deteriorate in the way a normal CD/DVD does.
And I’ve recently discovered that some photographs look even better on canvas. (I know I’ve posted a photo before, but this time it’s actually on the wall.)
Sure, my house is covered with memories of my travels. But I don’t have photos of kids, do I?
And I make photobooks. I have a confession to make. I am in love with photobooks. I have spent far too many hours making my photobooks. I have grand plans of finishing editing all my 1980 AFS photos, and of editing old family photos, and making separate photobooks of these. Those plans have been on hold. But I’m about to start again with my Turkey photos, so maybe the inspiration will continue to those other projects too. I find it tiring, exhilarating and, as there is no such thing as the perfect picture, frustrating. My eyesight will no doubt deteriorate further. It will be fun!
Since I wrote that in 2011, I have added seven new photobooks to my collection. Six are travel photobooks, and one is a family album. I still have plans to make books with old scanned photos, but haven’t done it yet. I’ll get there one day.