Picture it if you will: you have just gotten an email from me saying that all of your photos are edited and ready for you to view. They look great, you are excited to share them…and then what? To protect your precious memories, here’s what you should do next.
First, review your photos online through your password-protected gallery in the ‘Proofing’ section of my website. Your password is case-sensitive (upper case, lower case, etc.), so just make sure that you spell the password correctly and then you are good to go. You can view the photos in different formats by clicking on the icons in the top right hand corner of the screen (split screen, quarter screen, full screen). If you would like to purchase a print, simply click on the little grocery cart screen in the bottom right hand corner of the image. The images will be displayed in your gallery for six months from the date I deliver them to your email inbox.
Second, I will be sending you all of your images via Dropbox. The online gallery on my website is for you to view the photos and share them with others by sending the gallery link and password, while your Dropbox account gives you the actual edited JPG files. All of your photos will be separated into different folders. For most photo sessions, your images will be separated as follows: images sized for the web (at 72 DPI), images sized for print (at 300 DPI), and then your black and white images. If you are new to Dropbox — which I have found to be the easiest online file distribution system — here are some helpful instructions on how to download the Dropbox software.
Here’s where it gets tricky: you need to make sure to save the images from Dropbox to your own computer. I keep your images in my Dropbox account for one month from the date I send you the edited photos. But you then need to make sure that you save all of your images to your personal hard drive. I recommend making a copy of the images onto a different form of media, be it a cloud drive or saving the photos to a USB key or a CD. Here is a link on how to save files from Dropbox to your computer. You can copy and paste your images to your own device, or sync your images via Dropbox directly. Whichever method you choose, just make sure you have a personal copy of your images. I always keep a copy for reference, but you should have your own.
Finally, make sure you get your images printed. File formats can change, computers and hard drives can fail, so make sure that that you print out the images you care about most in order to have some tangible memories. I have heard horror stories of clients who lost all of their wedding memories from a simple power outage that destroyed their hard drive. In a day and age when everything is going digital, I’m of the mind that your most cherished photos should still be printed. I have had clients come back to me two years after their wedding to have an album created. It’s never too late, so drop me a line if you are interested in getting prints or an album created. Think of it as getting a (very) early start on Christmas!
I hope everyone has a great week, and enjoy the photos accompanying this article. These are the wedding photos of Angela and Nguyen, who were married at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center on Staten Island. This beautiful venue, while a bit out of the way in terms of location, is a fantastic value and beautiful to boot.
If you would like to see more examples of my photography, such as these Snug Harbor wedding photos, please visit my website.