1 January 2014

My life in photo's.... Goodbye 2013 - Hello 2014!

MY 2013 HIGHLIGHTS !

A SNAPSHOT OF MY PAST YEAR.... NOT MANY WORDS FOR A CHANGE.

MY SON NATHAN'S BIRTHDAY IS NEW YEARS DAY - HE WAS 11 YEARS OLD.
LOVING HIS NEW 'BEATS' HEADPHONES.

WE HAD TONS AND TONS OF SNOW IN ENGLAND - I LOVE SNOW, SO VERY PICTURESQUE - SO IT WAS PERFECT!

 MY BACK GARDEN.

MY YEAR STARTED OFF BRILL WITH SOME FAB PREZZIES FOR MY BIRTHDAY.

MOTHERS DAY - A LOVELY BREAKFAST AT FRANKIE AND BENNYS RESTAURANT

MEET MY NEW PUPPY - ANGUS, THE CAIRN TERRIER.
WOW HOW HAVING A DOG WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE - IT'S LIKE HAVING A NEW BABY. WHAT A VERY BIG DECISION THIS WAS. EEEEEK!
CUTE BUT CRAZY NAUGHTY.
MY MUM AND ANGUS HAVING CUDDLES.
IT GAVE ME AN EXCUSE TO GET OUT AND ABOUT WITH MY CAMERA.

 THE BEST SUMMER WEATHER EVER! FANTASTICALLY WARM AND LONG. THE BEST I REMEMBER IN YEARS.

PLENTY OF SUNSHINE AND NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY.


HOLIDAYS GALORE; AMSTERDAM AND MAJORCA.
VALENTINES DAY IN AMSTERDAM


SUMMER IN SPAIN.




IT'S SUMMER - STRAWBERRIES AND CREAM! AND...............

.......... ANDY MURRAY - WINNING WIMBLEDON
I WATCHED EVERY EXCITING MINUTE.

MUSE IN CONCERT - WHO WERE AMAZING BY THE WAY.

FUN NIGHTS OUT - COCKTAILS IN MANCHESTER







DOG WALKING AND GETTING FIT WAS A BIG PART OF MY 2013! 

JUICEPLUS - HEALTH REGIME AND DIET. NO CAFFEINE OR CARBS, 10 -15 PIECES OF FRESH FRUIT AND RAW VEGETABLES EVERY SINGLE DAY. 

IN AUGUST ON THE HOTTEST DAY OF THE YEAR.....
CONGRATULATIONS TO MY SISTER AND HUBBY JAMES ON THEIR WEDDING DAY.




A RUSTIC WEDDING AFFAIR. 

MY SON STARTED HIGH SCHOOL! WOW HE'S GROWN SO MUCH IT SCARES ME...
FROM BAKING WITH HIS NANNA...


... TO SLEEPING IN LIKE A TEENAGER.

I BECAME AN AUNTIE FOR THE FIRST TIME TO THE BEAUTIFUL BABY POPPY. YEAH!!!
WELL DONE FFION - CLEVER MUM.



AND MORE NEW BABIES GALORE FOR MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS.... 
PADDY AND GAIL HAVE TWINS AND MIKE AND LAURA HAVE BABY TOMMY. 

CHRISTMAS 2013... A FAIRLY QUIET CHRISTMAS BUT A FABULOUS 12 FULL DAYS OFF WORK. I WAS GLAD OF THE BREAK. PLENTY OF RELAXATION.


SO IT'S NEW YEARS EVE! WISHING YOU ALL A VERY SPECIAL AND HAPPY 2014, MAY ALL YOUR HOPES AND DREAMS COME TRUE. 

I'M ALSO WISHING, HOPING AND PRAYING FOR MY MUM IN 2014... A SPEEDY RECOVERY AND A POSITIVE DIAGNOSIS.

WITH LOVE FROM ME.
KEEP SMILING!
JEN XX


P.S 
HERE'S NATHAN SEEING IN 2014... CHAMPAGNE ALL ROUND TONIGHT! 

28 December 2013

Treat Your Photo's Like A Boss !!

So I wonder if you've taken far too many photo's this Christmas... scrolling through hundreds of photo's to find the odd one to celebrate and show your family? Perhaps now is the time to get to grips with all your photo's, choose the best and organise yourself and your files ready for 2014!

You're an avid camera phone user or even get out your SLR once in a while! GREAT - documenting your life with photos -  there really is no better way to record and remember the people, places, and experiences we love than with photographs.  With the advances of this digital age, it has never been easier to inexpensively take lots of photos.  But all too often, these image files fill up our memory cards and are forgotten. I am guilty of this too... but part of my 2014 pledge is to print and share them. I have a new baby niece to photograph so there is no better time to print and celebrate these beautiful images.

Don't Know Where To Start?
Dealing with hundreds of digital photos can be a daunting task when approached all at once.  Like everything in life though, an organised system can help you get the images from your camera to your computer, but also from your computer into a photo album where they can be enjoyed for future generations. 

Step One:  
Upload and clear your memory card regularly.  Each time you take a series of photos, be it from Christmas, a birthday party,  your children doing a craft project, upload your images to your computer and then format your memory card in your camera.  This will prevent your photos from getting buried under more image files, as well as keeping your memory card working at its optimum speed.  Uploading often only takes a matter of minutes. 

Step Two: 
Follow a simple file system for storing your images.  A very simple, straightforward system for storing digital images involves taking advantage of folders and subfolders.  Begin with a parent folder titled with the current year.  Within the ‘year’ folder, create twelve subfolders, one for each month.  Then each time a series of photos is uploaded during the particular month, create another subfolder with the title of that event or activity (ie. Nathan'sBday, Zoo).  For example, your file address would then look like this:  Pictures > 2013 > January > Nathan'sBday.  This will come in very handy when looking for a particular image from a particular event. 

Step Three:
Rename the files.  If given the chance in your photo-uploading process, rename the files to include the same event/activity title you’ve given the folder you are storing them in. They will be much easier to find.

Step Four: 
Rank and cull your images - keep only the absolute best.  Because we have the ability to snap freely with a digital camera, it is easy to end up with an overload of images from an event - and more than likely, many will be very similar!  Take the extra minute to sort through the files and delete.  This can take your multitude of photos down to a more manageable amount.


Step Five:
Print your photos.  We take photos for them to be seen and enjoyed for years to come. Photo labs and online shops (such as Photobox, Snapfish, Tesco's etc.) make printing your photos convenient and easy with online ordering and home delivery. I use Instagram and StickyGram to be creative. Plan to place a print order once a month, think photo books, collages, key rings, iPad covers, mugs, calendars... the list is endless. Get creative! Print Print Print. Hold them, smell them, cut them out, mount them, write on them, frame them....

Give your photo's a make over....


Step Six:
Back-up your photos.  Thankfully, since you have printed your photos, you already have one form of back-up achieved.  But it is very important to choose a method of back-up for your digital files and to protect your images regularly.  This can be copying your files to an external hard-drive, or burning your digital images to disk or USB.  

Love taking photo's but love SHARING and GIFTING them more!

Jennie. x