My kids are used to dealing with the paparazzi me taking pics but they don’t always like it. Sometimes I get the money shot, more often I get scowls. I’ve learned that “say cheese” is the fastest way to get Big to run the opposite direction. At best, “say cheese” gets me fake, plastered-on smiles anyways. I recently switched it to, “yell fart!” So far, so good, though that gets me wide-open, choir boy mouths in every shot. I just recently found these great Becky Earl Photography tips for getting natural facial expressions and I’m going to try them out. Our blogger Elise also offered some great tips in her post “Outtakes.” Thank goodness for digital photography, where I can take eleventy billion shots and keep only the best ones.

As of this moment, I have 40,514 photographs in my online Shutterfly account. When I moved over from Kodak Gallery a year ago I had 30,076. That means I took over ten thousand pictures last year. Remember up there when I wrote that I keep only the best photographs? These 40K on Shutterfly represent the ones that were “best,” or at least good enough to upload for online eternity. Because I’m just a tad OCD and because I haven’t run out of storage space (yet), I keep ALL of my photos, good or bad, on an external hard drive. Here’s a snapshot of the My Pictures folder on my external hard drive:

 

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Yes, that’s 80K. Eighty thousand pictures. So yeah, I may have a bit of a problem.

In my own defense, though, this “problem” does have its advantages. In just a hot second (because those 80K photos are oh-so-well-organized), I can wax nostalgic about how quickly my kids are growing up.

 

When did this cherub sleeping in a hammock . . .
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. . . become this sensitive, amazing, smart and smartASS child?
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How did this boy who, at six months old, could barely sit up long enough to wave to his daddy . . .
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. . . turn into this one, who could barely hold still and stop rolling his eyes long enough for this photo to be taken?
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Where did the four years go between this photo . . .
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. . . and this one?
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At this rate, I’ll have nearly two hundred thousand “keepers” on Shutterfly (or whatever site replaces it by then) by the time Little finishes high school. That’s plenty of fodder for embarrassing blackmail for their graduations, their weddings, or when they have kids of their own. Hmm, maybe being a shutter bug isn’t a problem after all.

 

Mwah hah hah hah!
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