Since having my first child thirteen years ago, I can honestly say I have probably taken at least one photo of each child nearly every single day. However, after moving in 2014, I lost nearly every single photo. What made it worse is that Sarah was born just three months prior to our move and I have lost all her photos, as well as the labor and delivery photos our professional photographer took when Isla was born in 2012.
Currently, the only photos I have are those I uploaded to Facebook several years ago, but if you have ever tried to print those, they don’t come out that great. On top of that, I have lost nearly every single photo of all my kids prior to 2014, forever.
As much as I try not to think about it, I can’t help but kick myself at least once every single day. This experience has taught me that I need always back up my photos. Including photos that I take on my iPad, phones, camera, tablets.
Now that you have shared my pain on why it’s important to back up your photos, I will tell how you can.
The cloud has been the most popular storage option the past couple of years. I automatically back all our iPad and iPhone photos up on iCloud, also I back everything up to Google Photos as well and have it stored to my Google Drive. Another great option for storage is SmugMug. If you are looking to save photos and share them with family members, this site is a great option, as it allows you to control who has access to your memories. What’s great about SmugMug, is that you can also store videos as well. This site is also great for professional photographers or momtogs who want to show off a portfolio of their work.
External Hard Drive
If you don’t have an external hard drive, stop right now and go and get one. Seriously. A few weeks ago, my computer crashed, and luckily, I had already back everything up to my TB hard drive. This meant that I didn’t lose any photos taken from Christmas 2014 until now, so I am thrilled about that. There are plenty of options for different external drives available. A terabyte drive holds quite a bit, but if you take tons of photos, then I recommend picking up a couple of them!
Whichever method you choose, it’s important to remember to always, always back your photos up. Unfortunately for me, I learned my lesson too late, and a lot of those moments are just memories in my head now.
What ways do you store your photos? How often do you back up you photos?
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