In my last post I talked about the importance of safeguarding your phone photos and why its important. Next lets talk about how to “share” those photos with the people closest to you so they can see and enjoy them too.
If you aren’t super tech savvy, you might have missed how to AirDrop your photos with people in the vicinity. This isn’t my preferred method because you have to be near that person’s phone to do it, so it takes time right then. But the upside is if you maybe don’t have the photo’s owner in your contacts on the phone, they can easily send it to you. There are lots of online instructions for this so I won’t go into this here.
Idea two I can’t take credit for, Kat Calaway, my friend from Jasmine Star’s Social Curator Texas group hit a home run with this idea for sharing on her Instagram (popular with weddings, but I hadn’t seen it used like Kat does). A few years back, Kat’s Nanny got to a point where she couldn’t live on her own any longer and moved to an assisted living home. Kat was the closest of all the grandkids and was luckily the one to have time to spend visiting Nanny who suffered from slight dementia. To be able to share with her cousins and extended family, she started taking phone photos of these visits and posting on Instagram under the hashtag #KatlovesNanny. The family can now follow the hashtag or search and see the collection of photos. Kat’s hashtag created a way to follow (over time) what her grandmother’s time was like, it is so special and I can’t hardly look without welling up with tears over how sweet it is. This idea has so many different applications and is super simple- just share a common hashtag with your peeps to create a photo collection. But it does need to be unique enough that strangers don’t happen to use it as well, so be as original as possible with the name.
The best solution is creating “Shared Albums” on your iPhone. It took me a few albums for everyone in my inner group to understand how awesome these could be when everyone participates, so be prepared for a little bit of a learning curve. But once it catches on, they have come to expect to get an invitation from me to join a shared album before family events. We can even include my mom, who doesn’t have an iPhone, but does have her iPad that we gave her to be part of family group texts. This will alleviate the hassle of handing off your phone, or even better, that the same group photo needs 4 or 5 phones being used to snap the pic each time. Bonus: Moms, you are in some of the photos too because others are taking them so YOU CAN EXIST IN PHOTOS (my personal struggle since I’m usually the photo taker). Here are some ideas for perfect opportunities to share albums:
Here are some of my albums! That’s it until next time, go out and create Shared Albums!