Monday, January 29, 2018

Pinup by Liz tips - Back Up Your Digital Files!

Over the last month or so I've had a few different clients reach out to me with basically the same request - they lost the photos from their shoot and are hoping that I still have copies of them stored somewhere. Luckily, I have been able to help these ladies and I had their files backed up and was able to get them to them.  But I can't guarantee that I will always have someone's files and I would hate more than anything for a client to lose their photos forever! I shoot hundreds of clients and thousands of photos every year and I pay for hard drives and cloud storage space, so there are limits! Once I send your digital files to you, it is up to you to download them and back them up.  I recommend at minimum two different places other than a device such as your phone, like on a hard drive and a cloud storage server. Printing them for a hard copy is a wonderful step too. And this doesn't just go for professional photos, this is recommended for any important photos, documents, or other digital info that you would be upset about if you lost. If you lose your phone, or your laptop is stolen, or your iPad gets fried, you want to make sure you don't lose everything! Although I don't mind old clients reaching out to me to help them recover their old files, since it takes time away from other things for me to have to go back through old drives, I will probably start charging a small fee for my time for photo recovery requests in the future, so I definitely recommend backing up your files so I don't have to do that!

I have found that it helps if you make backing up your photos a regular habit.  Although I make a point to back up client photos regularly, I find that I am a little more relaxed when it comes to family photos, but I would be just as sad if I lost those!  So I try to make a point on the 1st of every month to go through my phone and personal photo files and back up all of the previous month's photos.

Here are some sources that I recommend:

Dropbox - I have used Dropbox for many years as a photographer.  For me it is extremely user friendly, and it has a mobile app so I can access my photos from literally anywhere.  They have a free account that is great for personal use, or some paid options if you need more space. I've tried some other cloud storage options and I always go back to Dropbox. Click here for my Dropbox referral link.

If you're an Amazon Prime member, they offer free photo storage. I have used it a bit and it is very user friendly and easy to access from multiple devices.

Google Drive is another one that I haven't personally looked into but I've heard some good things about it.

Actual hardware is another great option.  A thumb drive or external hard drive that you store somewhere outside of your home in the event of disaster is a great way to keep digital information backed up.  These are fairly inexpensive these days and can be purchased online or at most stores with an electronics department.

Honestly in the long run it doesn't really matter HOW you back up your important data.  It just matters that you DO IT.  Hopefully this blog post will serve as a reminder for that!  If you're a client and you ever have any questions about how to back up your photos after you download them, don't hesitate to shoot me an email to ask.  I don't mind helping you make sure you preserve the memories from our shoot!

And because this is a photo blog, here's a photo from a recent boudoir shoot with this beautiful Tulsa model, Crystal.

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