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I’ve been photographing weddings since 2010 and not once have I lost my clients’ pictures.

Here’s why:

*knock on wood* some of this is because of luck, but most is due to preparation.

1. I only use cameras with dual card slots.

This means that two copies of your photos are being created every single time I take a picture.
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2. I buy new cards every year to lessen the likelihood of corruption.

Backing everything up twice means the chances of both cards failing are astronomically low. 

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3. When I leave an event, I place one card in a waterproof case that never leaves my person, and the other in another waterproof case in a bag that also never leaves my person.

I do this because if I were to get robbed (which actually has happened), there would likely still be a card on me somewhere.

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4. I try not to part with any of my equipment until I get home.

I make sure to fill up on gas beforehand so I don’t need to stop anywhere before I can back them up a third and fourth time on SSD external drives. SSD drives have less moving parts and are less likely to corrupt.

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5. The next day, I cull everything and make JPG versions of them all, then I upload those online so that if a freak accident were to happen to the RAW files, at least I have those.

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6. Once everything is edited, they are always backed up onto two larger long-term hard drives + the gallery hosting platform I use called Pic-Time.


I then send my clients the link & recommend backing them up 2-3x on their own devices / online services to ensure they stay safe forever. I suggest multiple USB drives, external hard drives, or online hosting sites such as Google Drive, Dropbox, or iCloud. The images will remain in my gallery for as long as I am in business but contractually a minimum of 1 year.

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And that’s it! 

It may seem overzealous but I take this VERY seriously. I don’t trust any technology I don’t understand and I’ll definitely never use a camera without dual card slots.

Your photos will (probably) always be safe with me!

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about the author:

Hi! I’m Mia!

I live in a tiny cabin in the woods of central Oregon with my boyfriend. We love cooking, camping, fishing, raising chickens and listening to true crime. I’ve had the best job in the world documenting intimate celebrations since 2010. My love languages are quality time and travel.

My approach to photography is a cross between documentary and editorial. Think of fashion magazines but with real couples. I believe the experience is just as, if not more, important than the photos and that photos are the closest thing we have to time travel. 

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