Picture this: you spent months planning every little detail of your wedding to make sure it’s perfect! Your wedding day came and went and you had the best day of your life with your person. Shortly after that you received your wedding photos and can relive that day over and over!! It is the best feeling!! But what if the computer or thumb drive you saved your wedding images on corrupted?? And the gallery your photographer delivered is expired? This blog is all about how to store your wedding photos protect your wedding memories for years to come!
A rule of thumb that I live by in both my business and personal life is the more places you store your photos , the less likely you are to lose them. Not to mention, this will give you peace of mind about having your images safe and that is huge! The first great option is an external hard drive. These can range in prices but ultimately are not very expensive! My favorite brand is Lacie! I would recommending storing your images on two external hard drives. You might be thinking that it seems a little excessive. We live in a world of new technology and we can take all the necessary precautions to protect this equipment and technology, but ultimately sometimes these things fail.
Cloud Storage is another great option! Whether you upload them to the Cloud or even Amazon has a photo storage option now! These are typically something you can set up to update automatically so you can set it up and forget about it!
One of my favorite ways to preserve your wedding images is through a beautiful album and prints! I will soon be sharing a separate blog post about why I think it is so important to order a wedding album, but this is a big reason! While technology is a wonderful thing, an album and prints don’t require access to technology or the internet. Once you have them, you have them forever. Not to mention it’s seriously an incredible family heirloom! If you are recently married and your collection did not come with a wedding album, I would bet that your photographer offers them as an a la carte item. If you are one of my clients and did not get one at the time, contact me and we can change that!
I know this topic isn’t the most glamorous thing and it is typically something that can be put on the back burner because we have so much else going on. However, I promise that it’s way easier to think of this now than it will be if a piece of technology fails and you’re trying to figure out if you can salvage any of the photos from the place they were stored. This even goes for any type of portrait session! The more places your images are stored, the safer they will be! I hope after reading this you are feeling much more confident about how to store your wedding photos! If you have any questions about this topic, please do not hesitate to ask!