Location: Disneyland, Disney’s California Adventure
Photography: Candice Benjamin Photography
This article is sponsored by LyveHome.
This is a sponsored post, but I have to start right off the bat by saying that I hands down recommend this product for everyone I know because I am honestly that impressed with it. Anyone who is familiar with me at all knows that I am a photo junkie. I love photos. Old photos, new photos, cell phone photos…I love them all. Unfortunately, this had led to a serious storage problem. My film strips and 4×6 photos are shoved into shoeboxes randomly, we have stacks of photo albums from the nineties down in storage somewhere, and I have more hard drives with photos lost on them than I can even tell you.
I mean, from our Disney wedding and honeymoon alone we had more than 6,000 photos! Add in all the photos of our kids and the photos from when we were kids and photos that other people have sent us, etc., and it’s all kind of been a hot mess. I’m lucky in that I have more time to spend on our photos than most people, since I’m a blogger, but it’s still been really impossible to keep on top of it. So, when I first heard about LyveHome, I was intrigued but I also wasn’t all that eager to add one more photo storage element into our chaos.
Ok, this thing is amazing. I love it. It and I are have a deep, personal relationship that now spans years of my life.
So, the basic idea is that you plug it in, set up an account, and then start attaching your hard drives. The LyveHome unit pulls all of the photos from your hard drive (no matter which folder you stored them in) and collects them in one place. Then you set up the Lyve app on your phone and computer(s) and not only can you access all the photos, it will also automatically pull new photos from your phone and your computer as you take them. So it’s like a cloud, but it’s a cloud on steroids that you can physically hold in your hand.
The part I’m absolutely geeking out about, though, is the sheer amount of space. I have a TON of photos, like I mentioned. Right now, I have 66,273 photos and 1,381 videos stored on this thing. This includes tons of high-resolution photos (including the files from our wedding) and videos that are upwards of an hour long (like our wedding video)! I can access any of them easily through the app and download them to my phone or computer if I need them, but until then they’re just hanging out. And I’ve only used 21% of the possible space! Me!! The photo addict!!
I wish we had gotten this right when we got married, so it’s jumped to the top of my list for wedding gifts and registry must-haves. It would have been so handy to collect all of those wedding images from everyone into one spot when I sat down to make our albums and I love that I now have my images and Kyle’s images in one spot instead of a his/hers arrangement for our family photos (especially when it comes to shots of the kids). I’ve also discovered photos we didn’t know we had lurking on old hard drives, so it’s been a little trip down memory lane for us. Look at this photo of Kyle in Marceline, in the first few days of our “official” relationship. Such a baby!
Ok, so it was going to be mean for me to go on and on like that and not give you a chance to get one of these awesome toys, so I am giving one away. (And I very rarely do giveaways, so this just goes to show!!) What you have to do to enter to win one is watch this video about LyveHome (at the bottom of the page) and then leave a comment on this post telling me what feature you’re most excited about. I’ll leave the contest open for 2 weeks and choose a winner on Sept. 2nd. Good luck, everyone!