If you are lucky enough to have a teenage girl in your life…you know she has a LOT of photos.
Today I want to talk about photo organizing for teens. As many of you know, young people today take more photos in an hour than past generations took in a lifetime. This is due to easy access to digital cameras and the huge role social media takes in our world.
While many of the concepts in organizing for teens are the same as organizing adult digital photos, there are a few unique quirks. Teenagers are much more technologically savvy than most of us, they take WAY more photos, they have a robust social media presence, and they are more vulnerable to digital exploitation and bullying.
I recently heard a mother lamenting that her daughter’s computer had crashed because of the HUGE amount of digital photos saved to the hard-drive. I’m guessing many of you can relate. The mother believed the daughter had over 20,000 pictures saved. That’s a lot. Digital photo files are HUGE. They eat up your space.
One solution is to make sure that you have a regular, scheduled digital copies deletion. What many of us forget, not just teens is that unless you are diligent every time you throw a filter on a photo or do a little editing the computer saves multiple copies of that image. When you consider how many photos the average teenage girl takes and then add all the edited photos on top…it can add up fast.
After making sure that all the duplicates are deleted, the next step is to get your photos off your teen’s hard-drive. That can be either through a family cloud sharing service or an external hard-drive. I use both. I use Forever for my cloud service. I’ve never found a better cloud service. Forever is top of the line in data protection, ease of use, and affordability. That being said, I also use an external hard-drive. I back up my entire computer on a bi-monthly basis and keep my hard-drive in my fireproof safe. Both are great. What’s important is that you have an easy to use system…that your teen will use.
A lot of teen photo organizing is acting as an advisor about what photos to save.
The world we live in is consumed with social media and branding. If it’s not on Facebook it didn’t happen. If you don’t have 1,000 followers on Instagram you’re doing something wrong. This emphasis on having a “hot brand” adds a lot of pressure to young people, especially young women to depict themselves on social media as more mature than they are. It also makes them vulnerable to people who would exploit their naiveté.
One of the hardest, most frustrating conversations you will ever have in your life is trying to convince a teenage girl that she’s not as socially savvy as she thinks she is.
I’d rather poke myself with a sharp stick but sometimes it needs to be done. My advice is to stick with the concept of branding.
If you focus on her photo library, especially the photos she posts, are the best reflection of her brand you will get much further than asking if she wants to send her father to an early grave….and never get into college…
Your daughter understands branding, she has a brand….you may have never thought of it but you have a brand. We all do. Mine is a photo organizer, wife, beagle lover, family adorer and that brand is reflected on my Instagram account (@thehodgepodgegirl). You won’t see a lot of off-brand photos of me….no bikini pictures.
When you discuss with your teenager what she wants her brand to be, emphasize that this isn’t about a false image. It’s not about trying to be what you think will be popular. It’s about showcasing your true self. You want people to come away from looking at your photo library feeling like they know you a little better.
As you work with her…think about your digital photos and social media presence…Are you on brand?