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My Image Back Up Workflow for Wedding Photography |
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My Image Back Up Workflow for Wedding Photography

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Having a fool-proof system for backing up your photos after a wedding day or portrait session is ESSENTIAL. There are zero room for mistakes. I’ll walk you through the systems I use, all hard drives are listed in my free ‘gear bag’ download below.


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1. Having a back-up system in place for your client’s images is one of the most important (and undervalued) parts of our job. Your clients are trusting you with all of their wedding memories. Literally treat those memory cards at the end of the wedding day like they are worth 100 million dollars. 
2. My system is as follows – during the wedding reception, I download my memory cards (time permitting) on my laptop during dinner while I can watch the laptop. When I arrive home, I download the rest of my memory cards (from dinner onward) onto my laptop. Next, I plug in my portable hard drive via USB cord and backup all my images from the day. When that completes, I plug in two external hard drives via USB cord and backup all the wedding images to both of them as well.
When I leave the house the next morning, I make sure to have copies of the images on me somehow at all times. This may mean the portable hard drive (it’s light!) or a pack of the memory cards. Regardless, I want to be prepared for my house to burn down (God forbid) and all of the images be okay. Or my purse to be stolen, and all the images to be okay because there are copies at home. Hope for the best but prepare for the absolute worst.

1. Do you have a back-up system in place you can feel confident about? How is it similar or different than mine?
2. Did this post inspire you to update your systems? I’d love to hear!

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Jamie Delaine Watson

— Camera Bodies and Lenses —
Canon 5D Mark 3:
Canon 5D Mark 2:
Canon 24mm f/1.4 L:
Canon 35mm f/1.4 L:
Canon 50mm f/1.2 L:
Canon 85mm f1.2 L:
Canon 135mm f/2 L:
Canon 100mm f/2.8 Macro IS L:

— Bags, Lighting, Miscellaneous —
Canon 600EX-RT Flash:
Canon 580 EX II Flash:
Avenger Mini Max Light Stand:
Stroboframe Accessory Shoe:
SUNPAK RL-20 Video Light:
Sunpak TR-2000 Battery Pack:
Memory Cards:
Shootsac Camera Bag:
Think Tank Rolling Suitcase:
Hard Drives/Storage:

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  1. Denisse Najera
    May 30, 2018 at 05:33

    after how long do you clear your memory cards from weddings shoots?

    how many cards do you own to rotate between weddings

  2. Joshua Ray Farmer
    May 30, 2018 at 05:33

    I absolutely love your videos. Thanks so much for the great info.

  3. johan bauwens
    May 30, 2018 at 05:33

    I use a camera that writes  the pics to 2 memorycards at the same time, both in raw. My second camera (back up or other lens on it), has 2 memorycard slots as well.

  4. Monashee
    May 30, 2018 at 05:33

    Great tips Jamie. Loved hearing about your backup process.

  5. GothicKittyMadness
    May 30, 2018 at 05:33

    Second shooter? Who needs two photographers at a wedding! Lol

  6. RaySnaps
    May 30, 2018 at 05:33

    Really enjoying these videos, I'm going to be shooting my first wedding next year and these videos are very helpful!

  7. lisa sanders
    May 30, 2018 at 05:33

    Great advice! !!!

  8. Paul Padilla
    May 30, 2018 at 05:33

    In case you don't know. There is some other sound coming through when you talk. I would check your mic settings if you haven't already fixed it. Other then that good video ^_^

  9. Nhi Le
    May 30, 2018 at 05:33

    Do you need a desktop hard drive? or can I use 2 portable hard drives?

  10. Lily Chen
    May 30, 2018 at 05:33

    Sorry Jamie one more question, if you will answer: your table is so NEAT!! where do you put those external hard drives? are they always plugged in or only when needeD?

    THanks! 🙂

  11. Lily Chen
    May 30, 2018 at 05:33

    hi Jamie, great video.
    i have a question – why do you need the portable hard drive? can't the images be copied from the laptop to the 2 external hard drives directly?


  12. Jessica Whitaker
    May 30, 2018 at 05:33

    This was so helpful! At what point do you delete the images from your laptop?

  13. Dave Dave
    May 30, 2018 at 05:33

    After this video was shot Jamie's house was hit by a 747, melted all her hardrives even the SD cards in her purse, guess you didn't think of every "worse case scenario"? nah just kidding, but seriously this is a little anal?

  14. Sheala Gatz
    May 30, 2018 at 05:33

    Great video! When do you delete your raws on the 5 devices after you get the jpegs and upload those, or do you keep one copy of all the raws for X amount of years??

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