Most people organize their photos based on dates, places and purposes. This is great for general storage, but I also keep one very important file in my photo storage: it's called the "I Look Great!" folder.
What's in this self-esteeming boosting file?
My favorite headshots, the best pictures of my boyfriend and I, and a few special pictures with family members.
The "I Look Great!" file has saved me a lot of time on more than one occasion. For example, I'm never at a loss for what to give conference organizers or colleagues when they ask for a headshot. I've already chosen a couple that I love.
When you create this file, I suggest you make copies of your images from their original location and paste them into the new folder. This will increase your photo storage needs, but since this folder should be relatively small, it shouldn't increase by an outrageous amount.
In addition, store only edited versions of the photos in this folder, because the RAW files will be an additional storage hog and in theory, this folder should be a time saver too.
Next time an aunt or cousin asks you for a photo for a family frame, you won't have to look through thousands and thousands of pictures only to get frustrated because you don't like anything. You will already have pre-selected photos, which you will be happy to share.
It may seem vain, but if you're obsessive about photo organization and speed, you could benefit from this tip.
(Images: Elizabeth Giorgi)