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Backing up your wedding photos is essential to ensure that you don’t lose any of your precious memories. While your online gallery may only be available for a year or so, it’s important to backup your photos as soon as your photographer sends you the link.
One of the best ways to do this is to download all of your wedding photos and upload them to a cloud storage service such as Google Drive or Amazon Photos. (Pro tip — Amazon photos is free for Prime members, and you get unlimited photos)
It’s important to follow the “3-2-1 rule” when it comes to online storage. This means having three different copies of your photos on at least two different devices, and one copy stored offsite. This way, you’ll have a copy of your photos on your online gallery, a digital copy on your computer, and a physical copy on a USB drive. Additionally, having a cloud backup will provide an offsite copy of your photos in case of any unexpected events.
It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of your wedding day, but taking the time to backup your photos right away will give you peace of mind knowing that your memories are safe and secure. So, make sure to download, upload, and store your wedding photos in multiple ways to ensure that you’ll be able to relive your special day for years to come.
Your three backups should be as follows:
- Your computer’s hard drive
- A USB Drive
- Cloud storage –> Google Drive, Amazon Photos, etc.
- Bonus: Your online gallery
Those two physical devices are your computer’s hard drive, as well as a USB drive with your images on it. Bonus points if you put the USB in a fireproof safe.
For an offsite backup, I wouldn’t just rely on your online gallery, though that is a good first step. You should also be sure to upload your photos to a service like Amazon Photos (free for Prime Members), Google Drive, or Dropbox.
Curious about how I keep your photos safe? You may want to check out this blog post here on my photo backup and storage process.