When I was a child, print photography was how we shared photos. Unlike today’s youth, I don’t have 50,000+ photos of myself. I have a dozen or so, and my total photo collection is under 5000 images (digital and print combined). The prints are precious because they are one-of-a-kind. Having tens or hundreds of thousands of photos of your life is very difficult to sift through. We photo organizers end up addressing this issue with our clients over and over again, and of course this is a stressful situation for many people. This requires more than just tidying up!
I understand that your child and your family are changing and growing. But if you never edit and delete your photos, your child will inherit an onerous burden. What kind of a digital legacy are you handing down? What will people do with 1,000,000+ photos of their lives?
Editing as you go can be a simple solution and rewarding task, but only if done on a regular basis. As with any habit, setting aside time to do so, and following through, is essential. If you feel overwhelmed by your photo collection, start editing the most recent month – one at at time. Work backwards from there. Small steps can yield big rewards.