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Getting Organized With Your Photos by Julia Walck

Getting Organized With Your Photos, via Julia Walck

I'm an avid instant film photographer. I love all of film's little quirks like the unexpected light leaks and cool exposures.

As of last week, all of my polaroids were all piled in a huge coffee cup (pictured above) and weren't exactly easy to "flip" through. I was searching through the stack to find this one specific photo, when I had an epiphany: photo albums!  

I went down the internet hole of searching, and everything I was finding looked terrible! I finally stumbled upon some amazingly cute and practical albums from Urban Outfitters for my Polaroids and Instax photos. I bought practically every color-way they had because I have so many pictures! 

Getting Organized With Your Photos, via Julia Walck

The task of organizing all of my photos was daunting, so I broke it down step by step. Hey, maybe it'll help you get organized, too!

Before we go any further, I just want to say even if you don't shoot film, printing your photos out and putting them in albums just has a different feel then scrolling through them on your phone... and I recommend doing it! It could be a fun weekend project, or a cute lil' Valentine's roundup gift for your love or your bestie!

STEP 1: CATALOGING

I chose to catalog my photos chronologically. (Obviously do yours however you want! Random, all flower photos together, alphabetically? It's your album! Mix them up and randomize to your liking.)

I started by making stacks, sorting by by event or general time in which they were taken. Going through my Instagram feed actually gave me lots of great insight about dates photos were taken! 

I stacked them up and wrote timeline notes on top before tackling the task of labeling them. 

Getting Organized With Your Photos, via Julia Walck

STEP 2: LABELING

On the backside of each photo, I dated and gave context to who was in the photo and where it was taken. That way when myself or someone else down the line wants to flip through these memories, they know all the deets.

For the Instax photos, I stuck washi tape on and then wrote the info on that, and on the Polaroids I wrote straight on the photo.

Getting Organized With Your Photos, via Julia Walck
Getting Organized With Your Photos, via Julia Walck

STEP 3: PLACEMENT

I added all of my photos to the albums just as I sorted them: in chronological order. If I had a lot per general timeline, I grouped the best contrasting ones next to one another. 

Make sure to pick your favorites out for the album covers!

Getting Organized With Your Photos, via Julia Walck
Getting Organized With Your Photos, via Julia Walck
Getting Organized With Your Photos, via Julia Walck
Getting Organized With Your Photos, via Julia Walck

STEP 4: GIVE THE ALBUMS A HOME, IN YOUR HOME

Bookshelves are the obvious spot here. Ours was full, but we had some extra space on our bar cart. The albums add even more fun color and pattern to the already stocked shelves. 

And now, the giant coffee cup that had all of my photos in it before is used for beer cozies! 

Getting Organized With Your Photos, via Julia Walck
Getting Organized With Your Photos, via Julia Walck

Who knows, maybe I'll even leave my favorite album out on the coffee table to show off to friends. 

Superbloom | Places to Go by Julia Walck

This weekend I day-tripped out to the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park to see the "superbloom" of wildflowers. 

They probably have about a week or so left in them. So if you've been waiting to go, now's the time!

The sweet spots to check out were on the outskirts of the park around Di Giorgio Road and Henderson Canyon Road. Di Giorgio had more purple flowers, and Henderson Canyon had yellow flowers for daaaaaaaaays.

Before the trip, I bought some gel filters off of Amazon to play around with shapes and colors when shooting in the flower fields. 

I was able to cast cool shadows, play with foreground/background composition, create overlays and even light leaks by using the filters. The trick was to not let them fly away in the crazy wind!

Using the pink and yellow filters created a warm and fuzzy feel, where the purples and blues gave off a psych-grunge textured look.

I also busted out my Polaroid one600 and SX-70 that I recently snagged from an estate sale.

If you drove out further south on Borrego Springs towards Tubb Canyon Road, you'd find the Ocotillo trees. 

Next flower stop on my list is the Lancaster Poppy Fields. I haven't been in 3 years! They're also experiencing a beautiful bloom right now thanks to all this rain! 

Recently, in November by Julia Walck

Here's a photo-roundup of some stuff I did this past month.

Cut out some shapes to make a pattern

Cut out some shapes to make a pattern

Found this ice cream cone planter at Goodwill for $2

Freaked the fuck out that Donald Trump became President Elect

Listened to 'Dead Alive' by the Shins 1,000 times

Pet this friendly cat in Balboa and it made things better

Went antiquing and swooned over this wallpaper

Saw Car Seat Headrest at the Teregram Ballroom

Bought a club sized disco ball that now hangs in the bathroom, or as we call it, the pah-ty room.

Bought a club sized disco ball that now hangs in the bathroom, or as we call it, the pah-ty room.