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Creating a GIF of your Child's School Photos

Updated: May 19, 2020

We’ve all felt it. We’ve all said it. “It seems like only yesterday,” or “Where has the time gone?” Sometimes it seems impossible that our tiny angel who is playing make believe on the living room floor will someday drive a car or go off to college. How do they grow up so fast?

All of us at simpleFoto know that It’s hard to think about these times to come. As parents, we all want to cherish the days when our children are small, and we want to believe that it will last forever. Creating a yearly GIF of your child’s school photos is one way to make those memories last a lifetime. It’s simple to do, and there are plenty of free sites or apps that will do all the hard work for you. All you have to do it pick your favorite photos!

The easiest way to keep track of your child’s photos is to save them to a folder on a cloud, such as iCloud, or Dropbox. Both services provide options for free accounts and storage. Each year, when you get the school photos for your child, save a copy in a folder. Pick something easy to remember, like “Jennifer School Photos.” Name each photo in that folder with the year it was taken. This will give you an easy way to store, organize, and find these photos when you’re ready for them. If you didn’t get a digital copy of your photo one year, don’t fret, your local print shop or office supply store can likely scan a printed copy of the photo with a photo release from your photographer.

After you have a few years of photos ready to go, you can create a GIF of these photos. A GIF, in short, takes a group of photos and creates a fast-action animated slide show. When these photos are played in sequence, you’ll be able to see your child grow right before your eyes!

Like the cloud storage, there are several free programs that will help you create these. Google Photos is a popular and easy to use option that also serves as a backup for your photos! Just like that, the time that feels like it’s been lost can be yours again. You can create a new GIF each year and even show them off when your child is graduating and off to college.

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