Ashley// Portraits// Beavertail State Park

When you get new lenses, the first thing you do is find a willing victim to test them on, right?  The second day of spring, Ashley and I headed for Beavertail State Park in Jamestown.  I wasn’t sure if we would still be shooting that day, seeing as it snowed in the morning, but the weather cleared up and we headed out for our destination.  The snow actually created a beautiful dusting over the rocks on the coastline, so though it was cold, it made for some magical atmosphere!

Thanks for being my model Ashley! 

Winter Styled Bridal Shoot

Back in February, on an extremely cold COLD day (-5 degrees Fahrenheit to be exact) I did a winter bridal shoot with 2 brave souls.  April Eisemann was our beautiful model and her sister, Alex Eisemann, is a talented hair stylist in the area who did the hair for the shoot.  Two gorgeous people, inside and out, and I’m so happy we were able to work together, even if the weather conditions were less than ideal.  Lots of laughing occurred, especially when April got stuck in a pile of snow and Alex had to go rescue her.  Hopefully I’ll have more opportunities to work with these fabulous ladies! 

The Importance of Backing Up

I’ve heard so many horror stories lately of couple’s never receiving their wedding photos, with photographers using the excuse “my hard drive crashed” etc.  As someone who has a Mac and backs up my work constantly through Time Machine and a second external hard drive, it’s hard for me to understand how that is a valid excuse for losing someone’s photos from such an important day in their lives.  When I got married, I would have been devastated had I never received our wedding photos and I always sympathize with couple’s I hear who have had this issue.  

Recently, my hard drive crashed on my brand new iMac.  Technology is a fickle friend and even if something is new, doesn’t mean it may not crash.  Luckily for me, I continuously back up my work through my Time Machine AND I back up all of my photos onto a second external hard drive.  Soon I’ll even been backing up onto online storage.  Is this overkill?  Maybe, but I’d rather be safe than sorry when it comes to my clients memories.  

So, while it may be a pain in the butt, if you back up all of your work, a hard drive crash is just a blip in the road and a minor inconvenience- not a devastating loss.  

Be sure to ask, whomever you hire, if and how they backup all of their work!  

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