I get asked frequently what my process is for organizing the photos I take of my own family and life.
Until recently, the answer went something like this…
“Well, as crazy-particular I am about keeping my client files organized and backed up, my personal photos are a mess…”
Mess, no more, my friends…I now have a system for my personal files that is just as rock-solid as my client file organization!
I thought I’d share what I do, in the hopes it will help any of you out there struggling with a tangled mess of digital files and constantly living in fear of losing those precious memories.
Over the next 5 days on the blog, I will give you a peek into my personal photo backup system, along with the services I use to make it all happen.
It’s Not Hard, But It Will Take Some Time
I’ve totally been there.
With that constant, annoying fear of losing my personal photos.
Let me tell you, a few hours working on this has taken a huge load off my shoulders.
Yes, I said hours of work.
Whether your photo storage system is just a little chaotic or simply non-existent, it will take you a bit of time to get everything organized, copied, uploaded, and in an automatic backup situation, but trust me…it’s totally worth the time investment.
Or you can continue to worry about the possibility of losing that magical photo you took of your son talking to Santa…
First Things First: Look to the Finish Line
The easiest way to start any project is to look at the finish line…what does the “perfect” system look like for you?
My goals were dumping and organizing my photos on a regular basis, having everything backed up, and having it happen with the minimal amount of work.
I suspect your goals are pretty similar.
If you’ve got multiple computers, multiple devices, and multiple cameras, you first need to decide where your photos will “live”, where they’ll be backed up, and how to access them.
It’s a really good idea to think about the structure you want to use for your file storage and map it out on paper…that’s your end goal and something to look back on when you get overwhelmed with all of the file transferring.
Because it’s entirely possible you’ll get overwhelmed.
I got overwhelmed a couple of times, and I do this on a daily basis.
Each time I wanted to just quit and go make some nachos and watch Netflix, I went back to my map and got centered.
(Actually, I watched Netflix while I did this project, but that’s another story…)
Backup, Backup, Backup!
I need you to get on board with backing up your photos. You know this is important. Those are your family’s memories, and in this day and age with digital media, there is no excuse to losing even just one photo.
For any good digital file storage system, you’ll want to follow the 3-2-1 Backup Method:
- 3 copies minimum
- 2 different types of storage media
- 1 copy off-site