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You received your wedding photos and are reliving your day through the beautiful photographs. What’s next? To back up your wedding photos of course! I’ll be honest, we didn’t even back up our photos for an entire year. But what if something were to fail and our photos were lost in the sea of interweb? Did we have them backed up to multiple places? Nope. We would have lost them forever.
Let’s face it, technoligy isn’t perfect. Things happen. Most photographers back them up multiple times as well. But, to be even more prepared, you should back them up multiple times as well! Because, well, you never know!
In the upcoming paragraphs we provide you with easy ways to back up your wedding photos. It does take a little while, but trust us, you will be glad you did!
Grab a flash drive or a hard drive and copy your images to the storage device. Our wedding galleries can be found online. Once you get into your online gallery, you can download the whole gallery or download it by folders. Once you have downloaded them, move the files to your storage device.
It is our recommendation that you should go ahead and purchase a portable hard drive. This way, not only can you back up your wedding and engagement galleries, but you also have room to go ahead and back up your entire computere. Which is a great practice just incase your computer would crash. Hard Drives have enough space to store all of the contents of your computer. You can even schedule them to back them up on a scheduled basis.
Our favorite storage devices are:
1. Seagate Portable Hard Drive (2TB)
2. Seagate Portable Hard Drive (1TB)
3. Sandisk Flash Drive (128gb)
The next step is to back them up via an online cloud storage. This way, not only do you have a hard copy of them, you also have them online somewhere other than your gallery that we have. We suggest backing them up to at least 2 Cloud Storage systems.
Google Photos is so easy to use. You can create albums for each part of your day, or for your whole entire wedding. If you have a gmail account you can easily set up your Google Photos account. We also have google photos on our phone. That way it backs up all of our phone images too! You can also share Google Photos with your friends! Bryt and I have a shared album and post our favorite photos of our dogs through there haha!
Another great cloud storage option is Google Drive. Just like Google Photos, you can create folders of the different parts of your day. You can even share your photos through Google Drive with families and friends. This is just one more place to back them up.
Dropbox is another cloud storage option. It is just as easy as the Google Tools and is very dependable. Again, you can share files with anyone you choose. Many photographers back up their photos through Dropbox.
Back in the day, in addition to the negatives of film rolls, people actually used to PRINT there photos. I know, you are just as shocked as we are! ha! But really, one of the best ways to enjoy your photos and back them up is by printing them! Clearly this option is one of the best! 🙂
Through our online gallery you can order prints and other products so that you can enjoy your photos each and every day! However, all of our galleries come with printing rights so that you can also download them and go through any lab you choose. Our favorite lab is MPIX. We also love Small Smallwoods for large canvas and framed prints.
If you are ready to get a customized album printed, just create a favorites list through your gallery and we will be able to download those photos and create something customized to you are your spouse! This way you can enjoy it for years to come!
There are also many other ways to enjoy your printed photos. Click HERE to go to our blog post about the 7 Things You Can Do With Your Wedding Photos.
Lastly, when you are downloading your photos to your laptop or desktop to put them on a storage device, keep them on the laptop or desktop. Don’t delete or move them off of your device. This is just another way to make sure they are stored in multiple places. I usually have a folder titled “Personal Photos” on all of our desktops/laptops so that I can make sure our most important images are stored in multiple places.
So, there you have it! Backing up your wedding photos can be a piece of cake! But, take my advice and just make sure you actually do it! Technology can glitch at any time, so make sure your beutiful photos are backed up in several different ways!