Can you imagine losing all your wedding photos?

5 tips on storing your digital wedding photos forever

DO NOT USE USB OR YOUR COMPUTER TO STORE YOUR WEDDING PHOTOS!!!

 

“…I keep photos on my USB …” clients saying….   trust me you are going to lose them in future – see how they can look very soon: 

 

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If you don’t have time to read the simple answer – invest and setup your own CLOUD

Amazon, Google Drive, or any other cloud

If you prefer to not have to worry about these technical details, I offer cloud storage for my couples at a low fee of €19 per year.

For this small fee, I will save and keep all of your wedding photos safe on my cloud. This is what many of my clients choose to do when if they feel they are not technical. I take the stress of saving the photos safely from them.

 

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or at least those you haven’t printed out? Yes, it happens now and again.

Only in the last few weeks, several people have got in touch with me because they’d lost their USB with their wedding photos, or it wasn’t working, or they’d lost their digital copies on their computer.

Most people have to suffer the awful loss of precious photos in order to take the precautions needed to ensure it never happens again!

Now I do, of course, keep digital copies of all my wedding photos on my hard drive and also store them on the cloud, but we never know what can happen when it comes to storage.

Google boss says ‘Print out your photos!’

 

 

5 tips on storing your digital wedding photos forever

 

 

Your wedding photos are a time portal back to one of the happiest days of your life and it is so important that you keep them safe for years to come for this reason. Nowadays, most people receive their wedding photographs digitally as opposed to printed and they then save these on their laptops or on a USB. However, if this is all you do, you are at risk of losing access to them forever, something that happens a lot more than people realize.

There are ways you can reduce this risk and in this blog post, I am going to take you through some best practice tips to ensure you always have access to your beautiful wedding photographs. Here are my top 5 tips on storing your digital wedding photos forever.

1. The Importance of Image Resolution

Before I get into safely saving your photographs, it’s really important that you understand the importance of their quality. Image resolution is one of the most important aspects of digital photos, especially wedding photographs. Each of your photographs are made up of thousands of pixels. The amount of these pixels determines the quality of the photograph, or in technical terms, the resolution.

Your wedding photographer’s photographs of your big day will be much higher in resolution than those photos taken on your sister’s phone for example and so it is really important to understand that how you save your images will reflect on the quality of them long term. This includes both your high-res and low-res photographs.

Many people upload their photographs to a Facebook album in the hopes of having access to them for years to come, but did you know that on upload your photos are being reduced in size and resolution by Facebook. This means the high-quality images you have submitted to the site, are no longer the same, high-quality images you get back if you download them again.

This is important to note when saving your files. The first number one rule of backing up your wedding images is – please do not think that creating a Facebook album is a good back up!

Keep on reading to learn how to properly and safely save your wedding photos forever.

 

2. Immediately backup, backup, backup!

It might sound obvious but most people do think that one copy of your wedding photos is enough to have them forever. However, initially when you receive them from your photographer, be sure to make copies of them straight away.

Whether this is on another USB, laptop or a hard drive, back them all up straight away. These solutions are not long term though as devices can and do crash all the time, but it is a start to having access to them for a longer period of time.

 

3. Go old school and print

Digital photographs do not actually exist in the real world. This is a fact that can be hard to grasp because we can see them, so they must exist? But it is true, they do not! For this reason, while it seems old school, I highly recommend getting all of your photographs printed.

Why not make it a fun post-wedding activity for you and your partner to select and place them into a scrapbook or homemade album. They will be lovely to look back on in years to come. While you are printing them, it is also a nice idea to get some doubles done of your favourites to give to your parents etc. This is a thoughtful and sentimental gift but also a great way to ensure more copies of your most loved photos exist, physically in this world.

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4. Order a wedding album

There is nothing more special to have in your home than your wedding album. The tradition of having a formal wedding album made has been done for many, many years and to this day, still stands the test of time as a popular part of getting married. While they may seem like an unnecessary expense, wedding albums are timeless and the best way to truly have your most treasured memories displayed for many, many years. You can check out my most popular wedding album options here.

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5. Invest in cloud storage

While all of the above are great steps to ensure your wedding photos last through the years, the best thing you can do digitally to keep your wedding photos safe is to invest in cloud storage.

Cloud storage does come with a recurring monthly or yearly fee, but with that, you get peace of mind that your photographs are safe and can be accessed on any device, at any time through login details. Popular cloud options include Apple iCloud, Amazon Drive, Google Drive and Backblaze and subscribing will mean you will have to do all of the uploading and saving etc. yourself.

If you prefer to not have to worry about these technical details, I offer cloud storage for my couples at a low fee of €19 per year.

For this small fee, I will save and keep all of your wedding photos safe on my cloud. This is what many of my clients choose to do when if they feel they are not technical. I take the stress of saving the photos safely from them.

You can read more about my cloud storage options here.

 

Was your wedding 3, 5 or maybe 10 years ago?

If your wedding was many years ago and you want to invest in cloud storage, I can also help you. Please open your USB today or wherever you have stored your images and make another copy and then contact me. I would be delighted to set up your cloud storage gallery.

You invested in your wedding photos to remember and mark your special day so please do consider the possibility that they can be lost at any time. It is so important to limit this risk and the points above will help you save them so you can enjoy them for many years to come.

 

 

 

 

Even Google boss Vint Cerf has warned: Print out your most treasured photos or risk losing them!

He said in February 2015 that, as operating systems and software get updated, documents and photos stored on old tech can become inaccessible. Backing up photos on multiple drives and discs may be fine for the short term, but digital storage eventually suffers from ‘data rot’. And storing in the cloud with Google, Amazon, etc is pricey – and these companies may not be around in the coming decades.

Dr Cerf warned that vast amounts of digital information may soon be lost in a new digital “dark age”, so, to ensure the long-term survival of important photos, it’s essential to print them out physically and keep the prints in a safe place.

That’s why I strongly recommend that people make sure to order a wedding photo album so they have all their best wedding photos printed out.

To suit all comers, I offer several types of albums, at different prices. They’re very affordable, and will cost you less than paying for cloud storage!

 

For more ‘technical” people – interesting video: