May 9, 2012 4:28 pm

Sweet Basil Shares Her Thoughts on Photo Sending in Hotmail

Carrian is the foodie behind Sweet Basil, the food blog. Sweet Basil is all about getting everyone back into the kitchen where good food is approachable and where friends and family can build healthy and happy relationships. Carrian has been writing Sweet Basil for about three years and is a wife, and mother to two girls. Carrian enjoys spending her time seeing new places, trying new restaurants, and just relaxing with the family.

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Tell me, why do you hate emailing photos? I have multiple reasons – the time it takes me to search through my photos to select the correct ones, attach them one-by-one only to be told that my email is too big after only three pictures, and then have to wait an hour while the email is sent. And then I have to repeat the process.

As a mother of two children, a food blogger, wife, and human being, I just do not have the time to sit at the computer and wait to send an email with pictures of what’s happening in our neck of the woods to 15 friends and family members that live far away. Or, for example, if you’re planning an event such as a wedding or baby shower and you’re trying so share your ideas and “look” of the event with other people. Tasks like these take too long.

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I love, love, love the photo sharing capabilities on Microsoft SkyDrive. They are wonderful. I love how easy it is for me to just drag and drop my photos into SkyDrive directly from my pictures folder. You don’t have to use an attachment box that comes up where you have to remember the crazy photo sequence number, unless that is not an issue for you. You see, I’m a bit lazy when it comes to labeling each picture. If they are photos of family and friends, I don’t label the photos. However, I always label food just in case I forget what the dish was.

Instead, you just open SkyDrive, open your pictures folder, select all of the photos you want to use, and drag them into your photo folder in SkyDrive. Doesn’t that sound easy? Then, all I have to do is quickly (if I choose and sometimes I choose not to out of pure laziness) label my new photo folder and then share it with all of my friends and family members. It’s as easy as sending them a link in an email.

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So, here’s my last example. The pictures are not great. They were taken on my phone, but now that I’ve done this once you better believe I have plans to surprise my husband with a new version every Christmas. Anyway, this year I took photos of my girls saying, “We Love You” but in a pretty darn cute way. I stuck them on a tiny chunk of wood and my hubs has it hanging at his desk at work. I was able to quickly show the rest of the family what I was doing using SkyDrive. I’m excited for next year and to take real photos instead of the phone in a last minute moment of inspiration.

I know I never would have shared these cute little images with the family if I hadn’t been able to do it in literally less than a minute thanks to the help of SkyDrive…lovely, quite lovely.