Jul 2016

Have a Strong Computer Backup Plan (Please Please Please)

Last week, something really bad happened. Well, separate of all the horrible things in the news, which is a huge reality check – because the happenings around the globe right now are much worse than what I am about to talk about.

But… I had an external drive fail.

To be fair to the drive, it was at least seven years old, which is one of my failings in this story – not paying attention to the age of my drives and computer backup. I always write the date of purchase on my photo cards, and I will be doing so for external drives as well from now on. How long a drive will last is variable, but it’s something to pay attention to.

I have almost everything from the drive, actually, backed up to the cloud. But I discovered there was a small hole in the way I was importing photos which left a few weeks of recent photos exposed and those are what I lost.

In the end, my husband and I sat down and drew out a map (literally, on paper) of how where my data is, what my workflow is, and how it is being backed up. Then we figured out a way to make sure that EVERYTHING is being backed up both to a local external drive as well as to the cloud. Continue reading…

How To Manage Facebook Events
Apr 2014

How To Manage Facebook Events

“Ugh! I never look at them!” – “They are overwhelming.” –  “There are too many!”

That’s what people, including possibly you, say about Facebook events. Right?

I know events are crazy. But in some ways, I am not sure how else we can communicate about gatherings and parties to a large amount of people these days – until Facebook implodes, at least. So, here are some tips in terms of creating and then also sorting through all those events to help us all be more responsible Netizens. Continue reading…

year one baby portraits
Apr 2014

Year One Baby Portraits

One of the things I love about being a photographer is following people through their lives. One lady I photographed as a child is about to graduate from college. Um, what?

Recently I captured an adorable (expressive!) baby whose parents I not only call friends, but I photographed their wedding, along with many other folks in their family at various points in time. I am like their official life documentation. It’s a good gig really. Continue reading…

Feb 2014

The Name Change Is Coming

For a few years at least, I have been considering changing my blog name. Should I just use my real name like every grownup I know? But Aimee Giese has lots of i’s and e’s and no one knows how to pronounce it (Giese rhymes with easy, but the way – with a hard G).

Every time I go to a conference (most recently Alt Summit), I am in a tail spin for weeks about what to do. I end up buying about five URLs that lay fallow after I get talked out of all of them by my husband and close friends.

I have been writing this blog since 2005 and there are nearly 2,500 posts here. My son’s whole childhood is here, not to mention this is the name I have to say every time I introduce myself.

I don’t take this lightly.

But I have it. I picked it. It’s happening. It’s a nice mix of old and new and fits how the site has changed over the years.

I am building it and will show you soon.

Wish me luck.

Feb 2014

Non-Communication During Travel

How do you stay in touch with family while out and about? As in, when one parent travels for work or fun, and the other stays home with the kid(s). Many friends have complained about this dilemma: you call in and the kids get all riled up… a mixture of missing you, bummed they aren’t there, excited about where you are. And then the other parent is left to pick up the pieces.

When Dex was younger, this was a real problem for us. Phone calls were awkward. Trying to explain what was going on in the middle of conferences was disjointed. Me? Personally? I get so overwhelmed with all the people that it’s hard for me to concentrate on a conversation in a hallway with traffic buzzing back and forth around me. Continue reading…