This post is sponsored by Printique!

I have always been “snap happy” taking photos. The more the merrier. Burst mode please. Every angle is great! Horizontal, vertical, portrait! iPhone photos and digital cameras. I’ve been like this for as long as I can remember. (I brought a cool 3 megapixel camera with me on a field trip to Italy in middle school and remember how frustrating it was to fill up the memory card so fast!) But as phone storage has increased and the ability to snap so many photos has gotten easier, my organization of digital photos has become extremely necessary. And after having a baby? Well now it’s my Mount Everest.

I have a whole system for organizing my digital photos though and wanted to share some of my tips in this post, which is brought to you by Printique. (If you remember, I am Printique’s #1 fan!!!!)

ONE // Organize digital photos from phone

More than anything, organizing photos from your phone can seem so, so daunting. If you’re starting from scratch, the trick is two-fold. First, like any habit, you need to commit to a strategy starting now. I’ll share my strategy below, but you may have a different system that works best for you. Second, take a bite-sized approach at organizing photos from the past.

On the first of every month, I go through all of the previous month’s photos and “favorite” the ones that are truly favorites. I even have this on my calendar as a recurring event. If I have 100 photos of Jack trying a food for the first time, I pick out one maybe two that make the cut. (I read an article about someone who does this professionally for other families and she thinks of it as finding “iconic” photos so I adopted this mindset.) Which photos are most “iconic” for the month. I try not to exceed 30 for each month (which is essentially one per day).

I favorite the 30 raw photos and edit ALL 30 (crop, straighten, adjust exposure, sharpen) and AirDrop those 60 (the 30 raw + 30 edited) photos to my computer so I can save on my hard drive. I repeat this every month, so I can stay on top of it!

Looking backward, I use my camera roll’s search function to clean up previous years’ photos. I have SO many photos I love and also…. a lot of junk. Once a day, I search the date in my camera roll which pulls up all photos and screenshots taken on that date for every year since I’ve had my iPhone. I then go through and delete screenshots I don’t want anymore, erase duplicate photos, cull down burst mode photos, and keep only the favorites, etc. This is a much, much more manageable way to tackle the giant project of organization.*

* This gets so much easier as more time passes… so I give myself grace on not deleting too many photos from the previous year and figure I’ll be more discerning next year when I tackle the day again!

TWO // Organize digital photos from camera

Honestly maybe not the answer you want to hear, but the trick for this is to create your system and stick to it! For me, this means editing photos immediately and organizing them as I shoot them. I don’t bring out my camera every day, but at least once a week I take photos that need to be edited and organized. I’m diligent about my work ones (since they’re usually involving deadlines), but for personal photos, well, I can get lazy. I regret being lazy every time. I remind myself how much easier it is to handle and take care of digital photos as they occur versus letting things get wild and crazy.

Here’s how I organize my hard drive for personal photos:

I create folders for every year and then a folder per month within the year. Inside of the monthly folders, I have a folder with RAW files and a folder with EDITED files. I keep every RAW file just in case, but the edited folder only has contains the edited photos I deem worthy of editing/storing/keeping.

I also have a master folder of “Favorites” which to me is like a digital photo album of the very best of the best edited photos. Think: iconic.

THREE // Printique

In addition to my hard drive, I also create albums on Printique so I can have easy access to my favorite photos (digital and iPhone) for printing. This makes my life so much easier when I want to print a photo, I don’t have to worry about my hard drive or hunting down the folder… it’s all right there within Printique. And as long as you have an active account, Printique can help you save your most precious memories Unlimited photo storage at no cost. Just like the hard drive I organize by month/year and have a folder of favorites and a folder for iPhone favorites too! You can even share the galleries with loved ones.

Because this is where I store photos for printing, I only store edited and ready go photos!

If you want access to your photos on the go, you can download the Printique app (available on Android and iOS). I have been known to access my favorite galleries to print a photo on the fly when I hear a grandparent talk about how much they love a certain picture! The app can also syncs up with your phone automatically if you want a hands off approach.


And the best way to back up your photos- print them! After we got married, I tried so many printers and the quality of the Printique’s photos is hands down the best in the game. Skip at home printers – ink can be expensive and photo quality typically isn’t very good or archival. I love to touch and feel photos. (And pop them into frames and swap them out from time to time… and also gift them!)
Thank you Printique for sponsoring this post!

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I love this post! I keep photos in fairly general catergories on Google Drive, and that’s been working well for me.

I also love the tip of changing the photos out! I love to change out seasonal photos/frames. I also print out photos to go around the house thematically – I have a photo of my husband and me at a coffee shop taped in our coffee cabinet, and hiking photos hanging in our camping gear closet. I LOVE printing out photos and seeing them.


Thank you so much for the PERFECT TIMING of this post!

Last night I was looking through all of my digital photos and feeling (1) overwhelmed at how many there are and how disorganized they are, and (2) dread over where to get them printed, because the last time I got my digital photos printed, the results were so disappointing.

Will definitely try Printique!


Thanks for this! I make a yearly photo album every January of the previous year’s highlights- this forces me to stay on top of photo organization, at least once a year and I never regret it!
I recently bought a tripod to follow your advice of being IN more pictures. But something I’ve never nailed down is editing photos, especially in a way that is timeless. Wondering if you have any beginner tips and tricks you would share?


I try to get the lighting and settings and realistic as possible before I take the photos so I don’t have to edit as much! But doing white balance + straightening the photo can make a lot


The tip to search today’s date and cull, edit, favorite, etc is KILLER! I have been doing it for 3 days and not only does it feel so manageable, but it’s a great easy task to check off the to do list 🙂 Bonus, I just started a couple days ago and in this week we did a Venice/Modena trip in 2018 and Paris in 2019, so it’s been a super fun way to relive the trips!


Thank you for such great tips AND for pointing me in the direction of quality photo prints!

I am wondering if you have any tips for the physical photos that you then get? I have been trying to explore different album options, but haven’t found anything I love. Would appreciate any tips you have!