We live in a very digital world. Which I love. It makes so many things so easy — FaceTiming with your Grandma, paying for your Starbucks with a phone app (blows my mind) and sharing your photos!
However, when it comes to your treasured photos and the photo shoots that you’ve invested time and money in, relying simply on the DVD or flash drive that your photographer has sent to you does present a danger. We feel like our photos are safe! Forever! But can you imagine that one day you plug your flash drive in and you realize it doesn’t work? And that your precious wedding / maternity / newborn photos are gone forever (except of course of the low-resolution versions that were shared on Facebook)?
When we’re getting our clients’ photos ready to send out, we use very high-quality, well-researched, reliable products. But the fact is, this digital stuff fails. So you need to back your photos up.
Justin is the tech person around here, and he suggests keeping them in at least two different places: 1) burning them to DVDs (even if your photographer has given you one, do another for backup) and 2) copying them to a hard drive. DVDs last at least 10 years and hard drives should be good for about five years. You’ll of course need to move your images to another means of back up at that time, but there will most likely be something new and better by then!
You’ll also want to choose a high-quality hard drive. It’s hard to recommend just one, because makes and models are always changing and being updated, and one that we recommend now might not be applicable in a few months. So! What we (Justin) do is go to Amazon and find a hard drive that has at least 1 TB (Terabyte) of space AND has reviews with more than four stars. Also, if you’re using a Mac, it’s important to get one that specifically says its for a Mac.
And yes, even that technology will fail after a while. That’s why it’s a GREAT idea to have it in two different places, and transfer it to new hard drives every so often! It’s also a great idea to get your images printed, but we’ll talk about that in more detail in another post!
Also, if something does happen to your photos, or you lose your DVD or flash drive, you can always ask your photographer if you can buy a replacement. We keep our clients photos on hand as long as possible, but you don’t want to rely on anyone else keeping your treasured memories safe except for you. I mean, there’s no way I’d want to lose a photo like this! No one would believe that Justin had so much hair in such an interesting shape!