It’s almost as catchy as one of the Gregory Brothers’ YouTube songs. However protecting clients’ wedding images is a serious matter. I came back from vacation this week to find a 1 TB hard drive, which housed my image archive, dead. But all the images were safe. Because I had, yes, backed it up.
There are plenty of horror stories about losing digital images: A friend of mine was shooting a wedding, when a full memory card slipped out of her pocket in church parking lot. It was fine, until a car ran over it. And, she was only able to recover only some of images.
From camera, to memory cards, to hard drives, there are so many points where images could be lost or damaged. A smart photographer will minimize the risk to your images. When you’re looking for some to shoot your wedding, you should ask:
- How do you store my images?
- Do you have more than one copy?
- Are the copies in multiple places?
- How long do you keep my images after the wedding?
Any conscientious photographer will have redundancies built into their system, and should be happy to explain how they protect your images. If they can’t tell you how they take care of the photos, beware. Because, the deal isn’t done until you get those pictures back!
Here are the ways I protect my clients' images. If you have any questions about how I do it, feel free to drop me a line.