So you’ve gotten the link to your gallery from your photographer and in your excitement I can bet you’ll do one of two things (because I have done both…repeatedly!)
Either, you scroll through the gallery and instantly a few of them stick out so you’ll download those ones immediately and post them all over Facebook. Four-months later you’ve decided to download the rest of the photos but the gallery has been taken down (forgetting your gallery would expire after 3-months)
You’ll download your whole gallery straight onto your laptop, or even an external hard drive but then something happens and all of a sudden your files are corrupt and you can’t pull your photos up. All you have left are the lo-res Facebook photos you posted.
I have seen this happen more frequently than not, AND I have done both of these things myself…more than once.
As a photographer it is always my goal to give my clients a memorable experience. However, once I’ve delivered the gallery - my job is sort of - well - over. This is why I decided to put together a short list of things I’ve learned over the years to insure the life of your photos that you invested in.
1) Download All The Photos Right Away
Once you’ve gotten the gallery, make sure to not just pick and choose a couple of your favorites, but to download all of the images right away. This will insure that none of them are left behind or forgotten.
2) Back Up, And Back Up Again
Now that you’ve downloaded all the images, make sure to back them up and then back them up again. Whenever I’m working on a clients gallery I make sure to back up the photos on two external hard drives and onto a cloud service as well. This is what I always suggest to my clients.
3) Let Your Photographer Know
Let your photographer know right away if you have any issues downloading your images, and also let them know what you thing. Trust me, your photographer has spent loads of time making sure your gallery is the upmost best. So letting them know you’ve gotten the gallery and what you think will bring a huge sense of peace to your photographer…and good karma to come your way.
4) Print Your Photos
I have boxes of photographs stored away from my relatives and those boxes mean the world to me. They tell me story of where I come from and how I got to where I am today. As progressive as technology is (I mean does anyone else remember floppy disks or is that just aging myself?) I highly suggest printing your photos. No matter what happens to GoogleDrive or an external hard drive, you’ll have your tangible memories in your hands (and hopefully all over your home to!)
You’ve gone as far as investing in capturing your memories with a professional photographer, so make sure to take it one step (or four) further to insure the life of your memories. And if your looking for a great place to print your images; I always print my memories HERE.