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I know I post a lot about the importance of printing your pictures.  If you have printed copies you can rest assured knowing that if your computer/hard drive/usb drive fail, you still have the picture.  Because they do and they will fail.  So backup your files!

I always thought I was on top of things with deeping data safe.  I’ve been backing up my pictures and computers since the beginning and unfortunately I have experienced data loss not once, but two heartbreaking times.  And while I thought was on top of things with backups, I once lost an entire year’s worth of pictures.  I was reformatting my laptop and in the middle of transferring pictures back on to it from my backup drive when Coby accidentally unplugged the drive.  2007 gone.

I learned my lesson and always made sure to have 2 copies of everything no matter what.  But then one of the most unimaginable things that could happen to a wedding photographer happened.  I lost an entire memory card worth of pictures from someone’s wedding.  My only saving grace was that I was smart enough to shoot on smaller capacity memory cards so only a small portion of the day was lost.  But it didn’t matter.  These were moments that we couldn’t get back.  I was completely devastated.  I had the images backed up in 2 places.  One copy was on my computer and the originals were still on the memory cards.  I never format memory cards until they are backed up on 2 separate drives, but the hard drive on my computer crashed.  I thought I would be okay because I had them on the memory cards still, but then I discovered that one of the memory cards failed.  Data gone. I was and still am heartbroken about it.

This week I’ve been staring at the computer screen for hours on end transferring to an updated storage system.  Mine was about 7 years old and it was time to catch up to current technology.  And now it has ethernet so it can be hooked up to my wireless router making it accessible from anywhere!  Total geek moment here.  As I’m working through the process of transferring everything to the new system, it sparked me to share my process of ensuring nothing is lost in case of a drive failure.

  • First, my camera records images on 2 separate memory cards in my camera.  Raw files are recorded on smaller capacity compact flash cards and the jpgs are recorded on a separate sd card.  I immediately have a backup as soon as a photograph is taken in case a card fails.
  • After the wedding/session all of the memory cards are downloaded into a client folder on my computer.  One folder is created for the raw files (these are the files I will edit from) and another for the original jpg files.  While I’m working my way through the pictures, Time Machine is continuously backing up so I can feel confident knowing that the most recent work is backed up.
  • This client folder is then backed up to a separate external hard drive that is dedicated to backing up and storing original working files.  The originals remain here until the session is archived.
  • A copy is also made in a working folder on my network drive in case I need to access it from either computer.  At this point I now have 2 copies of the files backed up on 4 separate drives.
  • Once I’ve finished the session, I then archive it.  The final edited photos are backed up online and stored along with the original jpg files and album files are all backed up and stored on my network Drobo storage system and removed from all other drives.  It’s my policy to store all client files for 1 year before they are removed permanently.  After that, I really hope that they have their own backups so they don’t experience the heartbreaking loss of loosing their memories forever.

And because every post is better with pictures, here’s some of my favorites from the time I got to spend with my nieces and their friend at the barn this winter.


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One of my long standing goals is to get better and faster at blogging.  I’ve wrote about it countless times and somehow, someway I can manage to procrastinate whenever it comes to having to sit down and write.  For example, yesterday I completely reorganized and rearranged my studio.  More on that later.  Right now I’m excited to share Amanda & Kyle’s wedding from last weekend!  This may very well be record breaking blogging time for me.  :-)

They were married last Saturday at the gorgeous Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament on Woodward Ave in Detroit.  It was a perfect almost spring day.  No rain, almost warm temps and more importantly 2 people who complete each other in so many ways, vowed to spend the rest of their lives together…

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Congratulations Amanda & Kyle, we wish you a lifetime of love and happiness and are so happy to have been a part of your day.  Special thanks to all that were involved in making their day perfect and beautiful.


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You know that old saying “First comes love, then comes marriage, next comes…”.  Well we all know that sometimes that’s not always the order things happen.  While love does comes first, life sometimes has other plans for what comes next.  And just because the order of  life’s events aren’t happening according to “tradition”, it does not make a couple’s commitment to each other less significant.  Whether it’s a grand scale event, a small intimate ceremony or 2 people at a courthouse your wedding day is part of your story and a day you will always remember…

Lisa and Paul have two beautiful little girls together and will be welcoming their third in June and earlier this month they promised forever to each other and their family in an intimate ceremony at the White House Wedding Chapel.  It was perfect and beautiful and I am so happy that I was there to capture these special moments for them…







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These past few days you can definitely tell that Spring is in the air.  As the weather is getting warmer I’m excited to see the snow melt and give way to new life as the flowers start to poke through.   But before I can move on to the official spring season I need to share the remaining sessions from this winter!  I do love winter sessions.  It is such a beautiful season and the snow makes for such a pretty backdrop, if you can withstand the cold.  Kristi and Mitch didn’t let the cold phase them and we welcomed the sunshine and the few extra degrees that came with it as we wandered around the snowy covered countryside.  They are getting married in August and after spending time with them during their engagement session, I’m really looking forward to their wedding day.  They’re kind and sweet, silly and fun and so completely in love with each other…









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Aniela and Matt were married last summer and now they’re about to grow their family by 2!  Yes, that’s another set of twins joining our CTL family this year.  I’m so happy for Aniela, Matt and Olivia.  And if you can’t tell, she’s pretty excited to have a couple little brothers to play with!

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