Storing and Preserving Photos

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

With lots of family vacations coming up I thought I'd share how I like to store my photos to make sure all our memories are organized and stored in a safe place! Shortly after moving to Texas a lot of places on the coast and the Houston area were hit with terrible flooding!
So many people lost homes and all of their posessions. And just this past summer California, where we moved from, had so many fires! Again, so many people lost everything. So preserving photos has been on my mind (being a photographer it's always on my mind, but it has been even more so). Being someone who takes a lot of photos there is no way I can store them all on my computer without losing storage space, so I use external hard drives.

I typically like to use hard drives with a lot of space so I don't have to worry about it filling up too quickly. I always keep one or two backup hard drives as well. So when I am done editing or take photos off of my memory cards, I drop them right into a labeled folder. The more detailed you can be with folders the easier it will be to go back and find images. We've invested in a fireproof/waterproof safe to keep these hard drives in, along with any important documents.

Another great way to preserve your photos is by making photo books. There are a lot of great options out there, Blurb, Shutterfly, Chatbooks, even google does photo books. But trust me, you will never regret getting your photos printed! These two ways of storing your photos are great backups for each other. If for some crazy reason you lose your digitals you thankfully have them printed in a photo book! Or if you somehow lose your photo book or they get damaged you will always have your digitals stored safely.

Storing photos safely can easily be one of those projects that gets put on the back burner but I highly recommend putting it on the to do list! Besides, it's always fun to look back on all of your memories so don't think of it as a chore! I'll soon be making a blog post of my new love of creating a family yearbook! If you have any questions on storing or printing photos feel free to reach out to me in the comments!


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