I finally got an iPad. Oh, hello 2010! I somehow missed you the first time around. I shared awhile back how I've been using a combination of my phone, a high-tech camera, and an Android tablet to process our blog photos. Our family pictures, on the other hand, have been getting stashed in the cloud or uploaded to various services and basically ignored. Photo management for a family is a whole different beast, and I just didn't have the capacity to tackle it until now.

Photo management for families - aggregate photos from Dropbox, Facebook, Instagram, Google and more

The boys fell in love with the iPad, naturally, and immediately set off on their own photo and video-capturing expeditions with it. Their enthusiasm inspired me to FINALLY figure out photo management for our family.

Automated Photo Management

Photo management for families - aggregate photos from Dropbox, Facebook, Instagram, Google and more

A new company reached out to work with us on their free iOS solution called Kwilt. It pulls in photos from a variety of services like Facebook, Instagram, Flickr, Google+, Google Drive, Dropbox, iPhones and more. What I love most is that it streams images to preview as opposed to automatically downloading the actual files. You can select photos that you want to work with and parse them out as you see fit, removing duplicates and creating albums or favorites on-the-fly. It's an instant, at-a-glance snapshot of every photo you've ever taken or shared to any network that you connect to it. No unnecessary duplication and file bloating.

Photo management for families - aggregate photos from Dropbox, Facebook, Instagram, Google and more

You can quickly group together photos from a particular date or event and edit them, stitch them together and share them.

Photo management for families - aggregate photos from Dropbox, Facebook, Instagram, Google and more

Send them to a printer, save them to your tablet, message them out, email them, etc. You can even tie in other apps for creative photo management. Upload photos as a task in your planner or send them to Evernote as a reminder to buy something you've snapshotted.

Photo management for families - aggregate photos from Dropbox, Facebook, Instagram, Google and more

My favorite photo management feature is the ability to setup a slideshow of your photos. You can display each one for any duration you choose. There's also the option to beam images to another display via WiFi or Bluetooth.

Photo management for families - aggregate photos from Dropbox, Facebook, Instagram, Google and more

You can opt to browse images or pull a slideshow from any single service or album. Show off professional Dropbox photos to colleagues without awkwardly flipping through that baby bump bathroom selfie you shared on Facebook last weekend. Display your Instagram favorites for Grandpa without stumbling upon those pictures from that weeknight trip to the dive bar down the street. Whatever you're into. I don't judge.

Kwilt can currently be downloaded from the iOS app store, and will be out for Android in 2015. Soon you'll never have to wonder, “Where's that one picture I took back at that guy's wedding in September…?”

How do you handle day-to-day photo management?

This post is brought to you by Kwilt and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own.