Photographs, Back-Up, Print, Frame and Enjoy Them!
Photographs are amazing, that's why we invest in photographers whether this is for our newborn pictures, family or our weddings. I love looking back at my photos and they bring back great memories from that time. All of these moments are worth something, and most of these moments are priceless.
In this time and age, there’s no excuse not to back up your digital photos. It’s important to do so because technology isn’t 100% safe from accidents or malfunction.
Professional Photos, Digitally Delivered
When you work with me, your photos are delivered digitally in a secure online gallery. This makes it super easy and convenient for you and others to view them no matter where you are! I love that delivering photos can be so easy for everyone! But I want to make sure you know how to take care of your photos because I know they mean a lot to you.
After I deliver your collection of photos, they remain accessible online for a whole year but I keep them on my hard drive for 2 years. So you have plenty of time to view them, order any prints or products you might want, and save them so you can have them forever.
After you save your digital photos in one location, I recommend you keep copies in at least one other separate place, two would be ideal. And even better is if the locations where you keep them are in two physical locations. For example, don’t just make two folders on the same computer. You’d lose both folders if something happened to your computer. One other option is an online backup.
Cloud-Based Storage and Local or Both?
If you want to manually back up your digital files, you can copy and paste the folder they’re into another place, like on an external hard drive or USB storage. That would be called local storage, and the downside to that is that the files are stored on a physical device, which could be damaged or go bad.
Another option is to use a cloud-based service like Dropbox.com, Google Drive or iCloud. A lot of these are free and easy to use. Then your photos are safe because they’re being stored online, in a remote location that’s not going to be harmed if your house burns down, flooding or some other unimaginable tragedy happens.
Manual vs. Automatic Backups
Sometimes, automatic backups are an option. This can be useful if you don’t want to have to remember to back up your files regularly. There are ways to automatically backup your phone pictures right from your phone so you always have extra copies online. And there are ways to automatically backup all of your computer files to online storage. Like, everything on your computer.
Backblaze is a great example of this, to back up your entire computer, and all of your photos. It’s great because it’s easy to use and it’s simple to retrieve your files if you need to get to them. I use a mixture of iCloud and Time Machine (on 2 separate potable hard-drives) for my iMac to back up my hard drive in both physical and online storage.
Printing Your Photos
Printing your digital photos is also important. You don’t need to print all of them but you should choose a selection of your favourites, from time to time, and get them in an album or in a frame on your wall. I have 2 walls in my home that I make a feature wall where I updated the pictures as my kids are growing.
If you have professional photos, order some of them through your photographer! My online galleries all come with a store attached where you can do it there and then, with lots of great options and done so simply too. You’ll find the quality of professional prints and print products is much better and your photos will last longer. If you don’t print your photos you’re missing out on the best way to enjoy them!
Photographs are so Important
Photographs are memories that you can see. They’re magical, you can show your memories to family and friends for years. That’s why it’s so important to protect your photographs and back them up so you don’t risk losing them forever.
Nick Georgiou Photography is a fine art wedding photographer based in North Yorkshire but loves to travel worldwide. Behind the camera, you’ll find me "Nick" a family man who loves animals, and the great outdoors. I love the mountains, the woods, the ocean, anywhere outdoors. My passion is documenting lifestyle moments, emotions and connection between you all. I love to travel to Northumberland, The Lake District, Scotland, Peak District and beyond to photograph wild elopements and destination weddings.