Today is National Save Your Photos Day! Did you know there was such a thing? I am really glad there is, because as the years pass, those photos become the most important memories you can hang on to. Every year, thousands of photos are lost or damaged by natural disasters, fires, and other events. Let this year be a reminder to bring in the backup!

Save Your Photos Day was created to educate people on effective ways to organize, share, and protect their memories. The ways in which we are able to preserve our photos have changed, and definitely improved thanks to technology! Years ago, you would put everything in a weatherproof case or store in a safe, and then hope for the best. Now there are tons of great options to protect your photos!

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Here’s 6 ways to get started: 

1. Get organized
Whether they are digital copies or old Polaroids, get everything organized. Choose the photos you want to store. You may not want evidence of the freshman year toga party at the Kappa Sig house if your children will have access to these later on… Again, organize, you will thank yourself later. You may also want to set up a folder structure or naming convention to easily find your photos.

2. Digitize and scan throwbacks
Saving photos doesn’t just apply to your digital copies. Did you know you can digitize your old photos? It requires a little work on the back-end, but these memories are priceless. You can go about a few ways with your film negatives or even prints. Scanning is probably the easiest. Google offers a really awesome app that allows you to scan those old pictures, without the glare of that glossy finish!

3. Choose your cloud solution
Decide on the cloud storage you want to keep your photos on. Again, not just backing up on read/write CDs or on your local computer hard drive. Cloud solutions are important, because they are the most reliable in the event of a disaster.

There are several options that don’t charge money (but remember if you don’t pay for something with money, you’re potentially agreeing to giving rights to your images to the service provider).

Just know that there are still paid options are extremely reasonable! If you have an Amazon Prime account, you can have unlimited photo storage, and up to 5GB of video storage.

Here is a great article comparing some of the most common (Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, Flickr, Adobe are all listed!)

4. Manually back ’em up
Now that you’ve got everything set up and organized, its time to start the process of backing it all up! Take the time to create different folders so you can find what you are looking for when you need them!

5. Automatically back up phone pics
Here is another article that can guide you through backing up your phone pictures to the various cloud-based solutions.

6. Share with friends and family!
Another awesome part about using cloud storage is the ability to share your photos – that is the point of having them all, right? Give your loved ones a walk down memory lane with your newly organized pics.

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Thanks for reading! If you are a client of mine, then you already know that I send you high-res digital copies for easy viewing and downloading. I hope you LOVE those photos and are backing up those precious photos!