Can you relate to this scenario?
Your adorable toddler, cute as can be, toddles over, grabs your iPhone and (with a smile on his/her face) walks into the bathroom and drops it in the toilet.
Maybe that’s actually happened to you (I’m sorry!) or maybe it’s almost happened to you or maybe you could totally see HOW this could happen to you.
This is just one example of the hundreds of ways we can be out of a phone and back in line at the Apple store to shell out $$$ for a new one. The bill is painful enough, but what’s even more painful is the thought of losing all the data you house on your phone. Big time bummer.
3 Tips for Backing Up Your Photos
As a professional photographer — I have to say, it’s not just about the photos on your phone. It’s about the photos from your wedding or lifestyle session that I send to you, too. You view them, pick out your favorites and download the images to your computer — but many clients don’t go beyond that.
What if your computer crashes? Or what if that toddler you love so much dumps an entire sippy cup right into your hard drive?!
The thought of losing these images is just devastating!
Never fret — there are ways to save yourself from the heartache that could be. Today, I’m going to share with you my top 3 tips for backing up your photos. Just. In. Case.
#1 – The old fashioned way!
Printing out hard copies of your photos seems like a pretty obvious way of preserving them, but we are busy people, y’all! Printing out more than one or two images to hang takes real effort, but it’s a sure-fire way to make sure you safeguard those precious images.
One of my favorite resources for printing professional pics is MPix. For all those cute images on your phone, you can try very reasonable services like Chatbooks, or Free Prints. Your options are endless!
Now, I’m a planner — and I firmly believe that it’s always good to have a back up to a backup. Because what if that toddler who tossed your phone into the toilet or sippy cup into the hard drive gets the brilliant idea of taking a Sharpie to your family albums? Tips #2 and #3 help us plan for that.
#2 – The semi-old-fashioned way.
Do you still save images directly to your laptop or desktop? That’s definitely one way of achieving photo security. This is a step in the right direction, but you might find it to be only a short-term solution and one that is hard to keep up with. It’s difficult to remember to hook up your phone to initiate the backup. And when I send gallery links to clients, you’d be surprised how many of them have a hard time remembering to download their images. So, that’s one hurdle.
It’s also important to note that photo files (especially professional ones) are rather large. So you might find that you run out of space quick, or that your computer starts running a bit too slow with all those downloads. And nobody has got time for that!
An external hard drive is a great solution! You can find a thousand options on Amazon or at your local tech store. This option takes the most amount of physical work, as you have to first save the images to your computer and then transfer them over to the external hard drive, but it’s definitely a great option to explore. Once you’ve moved your images over, make sure you store the physical external hard drive in a secure spot (think: a fire-safe lockbox)…because losing this hard drive would be the equivalent of your toddler dropping your phone in the toilet. ;)
#3 – The 21st century way! In the cloud!
This is definitely the most tech-forward AND intuitive way of backing up photos these days. Not to mention the easiest AND the safest! Cloud-based platforms like Google Photos, DropBox and iCloud are working on your behalf like a boss. All you need to do is put in a little work syncing your phone or computer galleries on the front end, make sure you pay the monthly fee (it increases depending on how much storage you require) and you’re all set! It will be backing up your photos in the cloud without you even noticing. Ah- sweet, sweet automation!
And, don’t let the cost of cloud-based storage turn you off. If it does, just remind yourself to think about the price tag you would place on losing ALL of the images of your children, your wedding, holidays, etc. The cost is well worth it, my friends.
So, there you have it! My plea and advice for backing up your photographs! As I wrap up a very busy fall wedding and lifestyle season and we move toward the holidays, I can think of no better way to make sure the images of all the sweeties in your life are well-protected!
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