How to backup your wedding photos

With most wedding photographers providing clients with their digital images, creating multiple backups is critical. No wedding photographer guarantees the long-term backup of your wedding images, so it is imperative that you take the necessary steps to ensure your wedding images are safe. Redundancy is the key here. The more storage mediums you can use, the more protected you’ll be. Moreover, keep a physical backup offsite at your parents’ home, a friends place or your place of work.   

At a minimum, you’ll need three backups:

Online

Free with lots of capacity
Google Drive
OneDrive (Microsoft)
Copy
Box

Other providers
Dropbox
iCloud
Amazon Cloud Drive

Physical media

Recommended
SD card (we recommend Sandisk, Sony or Samsung brands)
Compact Flash card (we recommend Sandisc, Lexar or Transcend brands)
Solid State Hard Drive
USB (we recommend SanDisk)

Other options
Blu-ray disc (more durable than DVDs)
Portable 2.5” spinning hard drive (we recommend Western Digital)
3.5” spinning hard drive (we recommend Western Digital)

Another often overlooked aspect of data backup is long-term reliability. Optical media is notoriously unreliable, with failure rates approaching 10% after a few years with some brands. This is in-part why we recommend solid-state storage (SD cards or USBs). Also perform an annual checkup on your backups (make the date your anniversary so you won’t forget) to make sure they’re working and all your images are still there.

For most clients, an entire backup can be accomplished for about $40 with an online backup through their Google Drive account (free), the purchase of a $20 SD card (left at their home) and a $20 USB (left in their desk at work).