On average 220,000 marriage proposals take place every Valentine’s Day, that’s around 10% of all proposals that will occur this year.
If you’re due to say ‘I DO’ this year or even next, you’ll no doubt be busy looking and thinking about the venue, dresses/suits, guest list, honeymoon, colour schemes, flowers, first dance, cake, car, rings… PHOTOGRAPHS!
I don’t know where photographs are on your Wedding ‘To Do’ List but our advice would be to have it near the top. Aside from your memories, photographs will be the best, and perhaps only, way to share your big day with people in years to come…your children… your grandchildren. So you could argue that photos will in fact be the most important thing on your wedding day.
For most their wedding day will be the biggest day of their life so far, and after months (even years) of planning, the actual day itself will whizz by in a flash. It will be the best day ever, a day that can never be replicated, a day that will be filled with love, laughter and perhaps a few tears.
Despite being the stars of the show, when you come to view your wedding photos you may wonder if you were actually there at all as whilst you’ll no doubt feature in lots of snaps, your photographer will have captured your big day in ALL it’s glory.
Photography isn’t what it used to be. Gone are the days of film reels and having one camera for colour and one for black and white, manual flashes, standing around waiting for the clouds to cover the sun, being limited by how many pictures you can physically take and not knowing if any of the shots taken are actually any good (did everyone have their eyes open?) until the film is developed.
Whilst digital photography is amazing and means more photos, more choice, easy editing, easy sharing, easy printing, easy storage… it can also mean easy to accidentally delete or destroy.
To avoid your tears of happiness becoming tears of sorrow, be sure to read our tips on how to protect your wedding photographs.
Before the Big Day
When choosing a photographer, in addition to looking at their portfolio, testimonials, etc ask them how they safeguard against image loss both on the day and after the event. In their response you want to hear that they use more than one device to not only take various shots but to also allow for any technical issues on the day e.g. if the camera corrupts or the SD card.
SD cards are a small, but very big part of capturing, or rather saving your big day. You want to hear that your photographer is using new SD cards for your wedding, that have been correctly formatted in the device in which they will be used.
You should also ask how they download and manage photos, where do they store them? In the Cloud or on a physical hard drive? – ideally it should be both.
On the day!
The morning of the wedding your photographer should check that all equipment is working correctly – and that cameras and SD cards are functioning as expected. Your photographer should always carry plenty of spare cards, all of which should be guarded/protected as closely as your wedding bands!
If you’ve briefed your photographer to take lots of pictures they may well have a laptop and card reader with them so they can download images from the SD card throughout the day and back them up immediately (to the Cloud or a hard drive).
Note, files shouldn’t be deleted from the SD card on the day (if ever) as whilst the card isn’t a data storage device, it’s the home of the original image which should be preserved at least until the photographer has successfully delivered all photographs to you. Also an SD card shouldn’t be allowed to reach capacity.
Happily Ever After
The key to a long and happy memory is to back up.
Don’t simply print out your favourite photos, stick them in an album and leave the digital files on a CD, make multiple copies of the files and save them in/on lots of places – the Cloud, a physical hard drive… - the more the merrier.
Be sure to look after the physical print outs you have – store them away from sunlight and moisture – invest in a quality album which has paper leaves between pages to preserve and protect your photos – and consider creating two albums, one for best and another for day-to-day viewing.
I DO’nt believe it
Here are a few of the ways in which your precious memories could be put at risk:
- · Improper use of the SD card inside the camera can result in corrupt images – give the camera time between shots to write each image to the card, don’t delete/edit images whilst the SD card is in the camera, don’t turn the camera off whilst images are being written to the card, don’t remove the SD card from the camera whilst an image is being stored
- · Allowing the camera battery to die which could interrupt the write process
- · Accidental deletion of images from the SD card whilst inside the camera
- · Physical damage to electronic device (e.g. dropping camera, laptop/computer)
- · Liquid damage to electronics – rain, beverage
- · Accidental deletion of images from a hard drive
- · Losing stored files due to hard drive errors, corruption or damage
Despite doing your due-diligence in selecting a reputable photographer, unfortunately accidents can, and do happen. Should the unthinkable happen and your wedding photos (or any photos for that matter) be lost or damaged, don’t panic, professional data recovery services such as Data Resus can help.
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