Originally Posted by samsfriend
Would they load quicker if I pulled the photos from a database instead of a image/video file on my server?
No. In fact it will be slower. If you want to allow members of your family with slower internet connections to be able to view the content I would suggest you either do as previously suggested, and resize all of your images, or have a option they can select like "I have slow internets" and resize them on-the-fly. With the videos there's no easy way to do it, so you might want to tell them to avoid the videos altogether, or make smaller versions of the same videos and upload them separately.