I was tidying up my photos in SmugMug, and I noticed I could get a running total of my photos by year! What’s a geek to do? Make a graph!
The first thing I noticed was the spike in the last couple of years. We took our first international vacation in 2010, that explains half of it. The other half of it I started taking more everyday pictures around that time. I used to take very few.
The result of both? A photo explosion. This is after I make a general pass and delete around half right after I take them.
This leads me to the conclusion that it will take me longer to scrapbook each year as the years go on. What will happen to the totals when I have kids??
Earlier in the graph: I started using digital in 2004 and I got married in 2006, which explains that upward trajectory. I have no idea why 2007 was so low. Post-wedding craft malaise? I can’t wait to open my box of keepsakes from that year and really see what we were up to!
The number for each year will pare down when I get to scrapbooking them. I cut the number of pictures I keep permanently once I’ve scrapbooked them and understand what I consider important.
Have you taken this birds-eye view of your photo collection before? Notice any patterns?