In November of last year, I began posting inspirational photography tips for taking your family photos to a whole new level, on my Facebook page. I've decided to start writing about them here in more detail than I can go into on my Facebook page. The information I post will definitely focus on images of people because it's what I know best. If you have questions about any of the suggestions I give, feel free to get in touch with me. The first tip I suggested was to take more photos. Here's what I wrote on FB:
This is a simple and straightforward concept. Take more photographs. Period. Documenting special events is clearly important but have your camera/phone ready to go at any time. Get shots of your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, siblings, parents, friends just doing everyday things. These are the images that we'll treasure when our memories fade (and they will). Don't put this one off! Try to take at least one photograph every day.
My second inspirational photography tip can be summed up in five simple words: BACK UP YOUR DIGITAL FILES! If you do not have your files in three different locations, you are not fully protecting them. In the fall of last year, a friend of mine had her house broken into by thieves. Amongst many things, they took her iPad and her laptop. Those two devices stored all of their family photos from the last eleven or twelve years. Her oldest son is almost 12 years of age. You can only imagine how devastated she and her husband were to realize this fact. With that being said, it is far more likely that you'll experience a computer malfunction due to a power surge, human error or equipment failure, over a break-in. It definitely happens. Just over a year ago, my husband spilled a cup of green tea on my Macbook rendering it useless. It was a costly mistake both in time and financially but all of my photos were safe so I really just breathed a sigh of relief. As I said, the rule of thumb is to have your images stored in three separate locations. Storage devices are typically your computer hard drive or external hard drives. Other less convenient storage locations could be on cd/dvd or memory keys. To take this one step further, one of your external hard drives should be kept somewhere else besides your home. This could be at a family member's house, with a friend, or in a safety deposit box. Trust me, once you have completed this must-do task, you will sleep better knowing your precious images are safe. There, now you have more photos and they are (going to be) well protected so you can enjoy them for many, many years to come!