I am the biggest hoarder of pictures and photographs and I feel the need to take as many photos as imaginable. My camera roll is at around 3,000 pictures and I have no idea how! (Please don’t judge me *eye roll*).
When I was 17 I held all my pictures onto my laptop so I could delete them off my phone for storage. And would never get the pictures developed. Bad move Taylor. My laptop somehow crashed and broke, and I had no backup of my thousands and thousands of pictures that I had accumulated since I was about 11, and as you can probably imagine an 11 year old let loose with taking pictures, meant I had millions. And they had all been wiped clear (brb while I cry about this – still).
How I store my pictures
So, I now take everything I have inside of me to make sure these memories are not leaving my side, literally! I tend to take my pictures using either my phone or my camera and thank the lord for modern technology – iCloud hooks me up by syncing my phone/camera pictures upto my laptop.
After my traumatic experience of losing my photos – and for a girl with a bad memory it felt like I lost my childhood – I invested in a portable hard drive. I will now and then take this to my local Tesco and get some of my pictures developed, because frankly, a girl with my history cannot take too many precautions!
For Christmas a couple of years back, my parents bought me a Fujifilm Instax printer, where you can connect your phone and easily print pictures off onto a Polaroid style photograph.
How I edit my pictures
When it comes to editing I aim to keep the original picture as natural as I can, so I can keep the memory as authentic as possible. The only app I use is VSCO – it’s super easy to use and gives the effect to the pictures I desire without being over edited.
Here’s an example of a photograph I took and slightly edited. The main things I adjust are the saturation, crop and colour vibrancy. Church: Cathedral de San Juan Bautista, Puerto Rico.
Some of my favourite photographs I’ve taken + edited