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Our Current File Backup System

I hate the idea of ever potentially losing any images or clips from a wedding day. To make sure that doesn't happen, I have plans in place to back up the backup copies of my backups. :)⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

We typically start with using two photographers on a wedding day to make sure we don't miss anything, and get plenty of coverage from multiple angles of each event.

As often as we can, we try to make sure that each image we take is simultaneously being written to two cards in camera (an SD card and a CF card).

My second shooter and I keep all used cards physically on our person throughout the day, so there is no risk of them disappearing in a lost bag somewhere.

When I get home - or sometimes even during the reception - we begin the process of backing everything up to my laptop.

Once the files are on the laptop, I upload them to the cloud and make a separate copy of them to a second, external hard drive. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

By the time we're all done, we have four copies saved in four different places, of each image. I typically will not delete any of the backups until the final edit has been completed and the gallery has been delivered.

It may sound like a little bit of overkill, but we take this responsibility very seriously, and we haven't lost an image yet!

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