I don’t even believe that clients know this fear is a possibility, but photographers live with this fear quite often. Why? Because it DOES happen! There have been several cases of lost, stolen, damaged wedding files. And how…HOW do you tell your client that you lost their images? How do you tell them that their images were damaged? Their WEDDING DAY! The day they will never ever get back!
That fear haunted me so much at the beginning when I wasn’t prepared and all it took was for me to hear from a close friend how she’d lost a wedding collection before I finally decided to get smarter about it. And then over time, even smarter!
Here are three current steps I take to ensure I’m doing the best that I can to secure my clients’ collection. I believe that I will still work on perfecting this even more, but right now, I feel this is a great step process.
One more key thing. As I’m working on the photos and processing them, I don’t want to lose the process I’ve made on them with my external drive. I will usually export the catalog from Lightroom on my external and then upload the catalog on my desktop as well so I’m constantly backing up the process as I go. This part is confusing and I’ll be doing a Youtube video soon to help instruct with this process of backing up your files while you’re processing the collection so you don’t lose hours of work.
Guys! Moral of the story! Stay safe. The last thing you want is to be another case on the internet of how “my photographer lost my wedding files.” Please take precaution. You don’t have to do all of these steps right away, but find where you are and climb up a step. Along the way you can find an even better solution for you!
LET’S DO OUR BEST TO KEEP OUR CLIENTS HAPPY and DELIVER what we promised! I’m with you on this! -Rubi Z