Today I am excited to showcase a guest post that I hope you will love, especially if you are like me and have a lot of cat photos on your smartphone. Let me introduce Nikki Hess, cat mom to Manny the Halloween Cat and owner of Cat Lady Academy, an independent business that helps your cat’s Instagram account really shine. I saw her post on ‘organising photos’ and know that you will find this useful, especially if you have cat photo overwhelm.
Nikki Hess and Manny
It’s a purr-sistent problem for every cat owner: How can you keep all your cat photos and videos organized on your phone?
First, I have a confession to make: I currently have 55,998 photos and 2,320 videos of my celebrity cat Manny Halloween Cat on my iPhone.
Go ahead and call me a crazy cat lady—I’ve earned that title, and I won’t be offended!
I adopted Manny from a local cat rescue in July 2017, and in that time I’ve learned a few things about staying as sane and organized as possible with all of these photos and videos.
I organize my content regularly
At least twice a week, I organize any new photos and videos I’ve taken since the last time I organized them. (During times like October, when I’m taking a million Halloween photos since that’s Manny’s busiest season, it might increase to once a day or every other day.)
I create albums for photos and videos.
For example, for Easter, I had an album called 2022 Easter. I have albums like Manny Tongue (for Tongue Out Tuesday posts), Manny Belly, and Manny Fang. If I work with a brand, I have an album for that brand. I have a Nikki with Manny album for all the photos of the two of us.
Organizing this content into albums is the best way for me to stay organized and ensure that I can find the content I need, whether it’s days or even years later!
Pro tip: If you have more than one cat, you may want to consider creating albums for each—for example, Easter 2022 Fluffy, Easter 2022 Loki, and Easter 2022 Cats (with the latter featuring photos and videos that both cats are in together).
I designate favorites
On the days I organize photos and videos, in addition to putting them in albums, I also designate certain ones as favorites. Those photos and videos are the BEST ones of Manny that I intend to post on Instagram soon.
I remove favorites, too
If I post one of the favorites photos on Manny’s Instagram, I usually unfavorite it. That helps keep my favorites from being too cluttered.
However, if a Manny pic truly is a very favorite, I may still keep it in my favorites for easy reference. If I’m not sure whether I’ve posted it before on Instagram, I always review Manny’s Instagram by scrolling through his grid before I post to ensure I’m not posting a photo or video I originally posted a few weeks ago.
Delete, delete, delete
Also, when I organize photos and videos, I delete what’s not needed—like those nine not-so-great photos I took in order to get the one good shot, or photos of cats I featured on feature accounts Manny’s involved in.
I tend to take a LOT more photos and videos than I actually need. That’s okay—that’s why I delete a lot of them! For a recent post that was a collaboration with a brand, I took 98 photos and videos, whittled that down to 47 by deleting what I felt was unusable—and then only used one video in the brand post! But now I have the rest of the content in the album with the brand’s name on it—since this particular partnership is ongoing, I now have content to use for next month, and it’s all well organized and ready to be posted.
I always back up my content
Most importantly, I make sure all my photos and videos are backed up! I have an iPhone, so I back up my content to the iCloud. I also use Google Photos/Google One as a secondary backup. Even if I were to lose my phone, I wouldn’t lose Manny’s content.
I hope this strategy helps other cat photographers looking to keep their cat photos and videos well organized on their phone. It’s taken a few years for me to become this organized, but it’s truly been a lifesaver.
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