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!  


First Dance Songs

The first dance is such an iconic part of a wedding.  A song can say so much and it’s such a personal choice between the couple; I always love hearing what they chose to share as their first dance as husband and wife.  Music is a huge part of my life, so I decided to put together a small list of some First Dance Songs that may not be the most traditional, but are romantic, quirky and great for a couple to dance to.  When I got married almost 2 years ago (holy smokes, 2 years already, time flies!) it took my husband and I FOREVER to find a song that fit what we wanted to say.  We ended up choosing This Will Be Our Year by the Zombies because the lyrics perfectly summed up what it felt like to finally be getting married after being in a long distance relationship for 8 years.   

I’d love to hear what some of your favorite first dance songs are.  Share in the comments or on Facebook! 

Here’s my list- some slow, others with a more upbeat tempo.  Some may be a bit on the long side, but usually your DJ can help trim down whatever song you may chose.  

Happy listening! 

1. First Aid Kit- Emmylou

2. Lord Huron- She Lit A Fire

3. Mandolin Orange- Turtle Dove And The Crow

4. Gregory Alan Isakov- The Stable Song

5. Band of Horses- No One’s Gonna Love You

6. Tristan Prettyman- Simple As It Should Be

7. The Weepies- Somebody Loved

8. Landon Pigg featuring Lucy Schwarts- Darling I Do

9. Dawes- Love Is All I Am

10. Hozier- Like Real People Do 

11. Iron and Wine- Love And Some Verses 

12. Ryan Adams- Two 

13.  Nickel Creek- When You Come Back Down

14. Neil Young- Harvest Moon

15. Amos Lee- Sweet Pea


Wrapped up with love

I’m in the process of rebranding my business, which means I’m trying some new things in terms of packaging my weddings.  I love the idea of giving my couple’s something special.  Almost like a “thank you for choosing me to photograph such an important day in your lives” type of deal.  For this wedding I used a wooden box lined with soft moss, since moss was used throughout the decor.  I also included some prints from their day, a custom wooden usb with an image from their wedding on it (eventually these will be engraved with my logo), two chocolates (because love is oh so sweet!), and finally a small glass vial that can be used to hold a number of things (petals from her bouquet, soil from where you got married, etc.)  

I’ll be tweaking things a bit, but I’m loving making these special little packages for my couples! 


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