Best ways to care for and store your digital images | Family Photography Savannah, GA

I wish I could say that your digital files will last forever, but they can easily get damaged if not stored properly. Think for a moment about all the different digital mediums we've had over the years- do you still remember floppy disks? Do you know that the lifespan of a CD is only five years until disk corruption begins its ugly process? Those are the times you’ll notice a perfectly unscratched CD or DVD will skip and not play properly in a disk player. There are so many reasons why I feel that your printed items are going to bring you the best value for your investment, but the facts are hard to accept. Digitals are a way of life nowadays, and the best we can do is to get educated on how to store and archive our digital files. Here are a few tips I am going to share with you to help you extend the lifespan of your digital images.

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Making Duplicates

When you receive your online gallery or digitals on a USB stick you should have an external hard drive or a CD\DVD available to create a back-up copy of your files. I also recommend storing a copy of your images on your personal computer’s hard drive. Having several duplicate options will prove very useful in transporting your data to share with others without having to worry about damaging your original!

Usage

Be careful to plug in your thumb drive o0r even an external hard drive and ensure it is inserted correctly on the first try. Many flash drives and disks get irreparably damaged due to being forced into the computer incorrectly. If the drive doesn't plug in, don't force it; double-check to make sure its positioning is correct. Forcing those mediums will not only damage them, but it can also damage your computer!

Transportation

When transporting your images, keeping it stored in a safe, secure position, such as in a box will ensure longevity. Improper storage can stress the drive and increase chances of banging, bending, or crushing. When holding a disk, be sure to keep your hands off the shiny part of the disk to avoid oils from your hands transferring on to it.  If you smudge your CD, use warm soapy water and a cotton rag for wiping as paper towels can cause scratches. Household cleaners can damage your disk very easy.

Storage

If you have a flash drive, always store it with its protective cap on and in a soft bag or container. Leaving the drive's connector exposed will attract dust and sediments, which will rapidly decrease its functioning ability. It is not recommended to store your mediums in a hot place or direct sunlight; cooler temperatures and dark storage are ideal.

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Spring Sessions | Savannah Family Photographer

Who else is excited that we can finally go to the beach again? I don’t know about you, but I have been there about five times this year already and I can’t wait for it to warm up even more to make memories at Savannah’s beaches and marshes.

Example for marsh location

Example for marsh location

If you are a young Savannah family and want to spend an evening with me at either one of my two favorite locations to make memories to remember for a lifetime, fill out the form below to receive all details about my Savannah family photography sessions. I offer these limited sessions only twice a year - Late Spring and late Fall!, with the locations being different in Fall (but who knows, maybe I’ll change my mind).

The spots are very limited, and on a first come, first serve basis.

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Example for beach location

Outfits for the whole family are included and I have an extra big selection for the smallest ones and mommies! You can conveniently pick them in an online gallery or come for a dress-up appointment to my studio.

I am always up-to-date with tides and weather forecast and have a few make-up dates, if the weather doesn’t play along. But even a little bit of dancing in the rain makes for a great session.