Quick Tip: Cloud Storage you may already have!

If you're an Amazon Prime member you have access to unlimited photo storage on their cloud server! I wouldn't recommend it as your only source of storage- your photos will probably be deleted or at least inaccessible if you ever terminate your membership, but it's a great back up system. Piren+¦polis-65

I personally store really important documents and photographs in triplicate: my desktop computer, an external hard drive, and on a cloud account. When I have my personal family photos taken, I also send the gallery to my mom and she saves them to her computer. I suggest the same for my clients. That may seem like overkill, but in my view, it's never if my computer will fail, it's when. 

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And arguably the most important fail safe- prints. I have canvases, albums, and prints of the images I really treasure. The CD that my wedding photos are on were soooo difficult to get into an album because my Mac desktop doesn't even have a DVD/CD drive. My old super slow laptop did, so I had to use that computer, then upload them to the cloud, then download them from the cloud to my computer (seriously, it was like a week of work). Only then was I able to upload them into my album builder. Now that I have that beautiful, hand stitched, leather album- I'm so grateful! I can view my favorite images again. Technology outdates so quickly- it's good to have the old fashion stuff you can hold in your hands.

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And, if, God forbid, our house burns down, I'll have the images on the cloud and at my mama's house.

Hopefully this helps you protect your treasured images!

 

Claire Watson is a Wedding & Lifestyle Photographer based in Martinsburg, WV; she serves clients in West Virginia, Northern Virginia, and Maryland.

Claire Watson