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  • Kate Crabtree is an award winning Maine wedding photographer who creates evocative and timeless wedding photography for couples who would like their love story to be told authentically. Although she is located in Bangor, Maine (central Maine), she happily travels to coastal and southern Maine, and throughout New England to capture unique wedding photos and engagement portraits. She has been featured on Style Me Pretty, recently named as one of the top 50 wedding photographers in the United States by Weddzilla, and published in Maine Magazine, Seacoast Weddings, and Real Maine Weddings.

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On Christmas day, one of my 2014 couples tragically lost their house to a fire (luckily, the couple and their son are safe and sound). I received an email from the bride soon after, asking if I still had a copy of her images because she had lost them in the wreckage.

The email broke my heart. I did have the images, but it killed me to think there was a small moment in time where she worried that she had possibly lost images from one of the most important days of her life. Thus, I thought it would be pertinent to provide a few ideas to help keep your images (and other important files!) safe should you face such a horrific incident.

A few pointers:

  1. No matter which strategy you choose, you should always have multiple copies of your wedding day images to ensure that there is always one safe copy. One of these copies should be either in a fire-proof safe, in the cloud, or at another location so that if something were to happen to your house your wedding photos would be safe.
  2. Check up on your backups often. Hard drives and flash drives don’t last forever and should be replaced every now and then.

Before I continue, let me share my personal backup strategy when it comes to the photos I take for clients:

  • When I arrive home from a session or a wedding, I immediately upload the images to my computer from the CF cards.
  • I refrain from deleting the images on the card until right before the next time I need them, thus providing a temporary copy.
  • Once all the files are on my computer, I upload them all onto an external harddrive, creating a third copy of all the files.
  • Simultaneously, CrashPlan, a program that creates a backup of my photos in the cloud, starts to upload the new files. Once the upload is complete, I have a 4th copy of the files that is safe and sound should any disaster befall my office.

That’s a lot of copies, right? It may seem like overkill, but I’d rather be safe than sorry! You probably don’t need to be quite as careful as I am, but the more careful you are, the more secure you can feel with the knowledge that your images are safe and sound. My personal suggestion is to look into keeping your files in the cloud if you’re not doing so already. The cloud is an excellent and exceptionally easy way to keep your files backed up, off site, and secure. If you only want one backup of your wedding day images, I strongly suggest having that backup live in the cloud.

There are many awesome cloud storage systems out there, but let me suggest the two that I use frequently:

Dropbox – Dropbox is one of the easiest backup solutions, especially if you don’t have a lot of large files that need to be kept safe. Files are easy accessible and downloadable in case something should happen to them, and Dropbox even includes a few GB of space for free. I choose to pay a little extra for 1TB of space. Check Dropbox out here.

CrashplanCrashplan is a little different. Its plans come with unlimited amount of space. However, the files are not as easily accessible on a day to day basis like they are with Dropbox. Still, if you were to ever lose your images you’d be able to retrieve them- it just might take a few days to do so. This option is best if you, like me, have huge files and/or lots of files that need to be kept safe and secure.

Are you currently using a backup strategy? If not, take the time to look into some of these options and find a way to back up your images- I’d hate for you to lose them!

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I always look forward to building this blog every year because it allows me to curate the 10-15,000 photos that I provide to my couples every year and share my very favorites of the bunch.  I use it as a moment of reflection in regards to where I am currently as a wedding photographer, as a source for reassessing my focus for the upcoming year, and as a celebration for completing another year of gorgeous celebrations with gorgeous people whose love and joy have made all of these images possible.  If there’s anything to conclude from this process of reflection and celebration, it’s that I’m exceptionally lucky to meet these couples, their families, and friends, and capture the moments that will help them remember how they felt throughout the course of their wedding day.

I’m tempted to write more, but I’d like for these images to speak for themselves.  Enjoy the gorgeous landscapes, the belly laughs, the happy tears, the hugs, and the significant glances that say everything without a sound.

2014, you were spectacular.  Thank you to all of you who helped make it happen- I feel like I’m forever in your debt.

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