Friends! It’s time to chat about a side of wedding photography that is ironically totally sexy to me — file storage and photo printing.
HA! Bet you didn’t expect that.
So imagine — you’ve received your wedding package in the mail with a fancy USB containing a beautifully curated selection of images telling the story of your big day. You look through them, ooh, ahh, upload your favorites to facebook annnnddddd….throw it in a drawer.
Listen, I get it it! I have two kids, two chihuahuas and one husband whose needs rival those of my toddlers. Life is busy! Who has time to research file backup options or find a reputable printer?
However, this is NECESSARY. You spent all of your time, energy and money to plan this special day. Why not protect the memories? Imagine plugging in your USB 6 years from now for a walk down memory lane or to find that snapshot of grandma, and your USB has somehow been damaged or corrupted. How frustrating! Unfortunately, technology is not always the most reliable.
In this case, you can be rest assured I have backups of all weddings I’ve ever shot for at least a few years. However, my backups can always glitch too. Side note—if you have a current gallery I’m working on, I have backups on backups on backups—this is for past galleries.
Here are a few of my recommendations for making sure your memories are secured for years to come!
1. Print those photos!
This is an intimidating option because there are so many places to choose from for printing. I will tell you with 100% confidence, choose Mpix.com. This is the website I give my clients a print release to because they are professional, provide a superior product, and their customer service is top notch. I also feel their prices are fair.
I also now offer custom albums and canvases. A beautifully crafted album or large canvas for your wall will stand the test of time and will ensure you have a tangible record of your memories. Contact me to begin that process.
In any case, avoid non-professional printing labs such as Walmart, Walgreens, Shutterfly, etc. The quality will not match that of the photos and ultimately will be a waste of your investment in both me and the print.
2. Purchase backup solutions and back.it.up.
File storage is boring, there’s no way around it. But just as we need health insurance and car insurance, you need insurance for your wedding photos. Below, I have linked to a few external hard drives on Amazon, all of which are under $100 with free Prime shipping.
With an external hard drive, it’s as simple as transferring files + storing in a fireproof safe.
Another benefit? If you have other photos that need to be backed up, you’ll have plenty of room to add those too!