I had just finished editing photos of 4 newborns babies. Right before I starting finishing up the "paper work" portion for their individual account I decided to re-boot my computer.
I hit re-start and ran to refresh my ice-water.
Upon my return, nothing.
Nothing! what? nothing??
I unplugged, took out the battery, hit the power button and NOTHING!!!
Long story short, I called my dear friends and after apologizing for interrupting their Sunday HE suggested I bring the computer to his house. (5:30 pm)
By 10:30 pm my computer was in total parts all over his kitchen table. "Sorry Claudia it's fried."
I first I was sad then mad and now resolved.
For months, no, years I have promised myself to purchase an external hard drive to back up my photos. (Granted it wouldn't have helped my current situation) But I wouldn't have lost 3 years of edited work.
It seems I have become the poster child of what NOT to do! Use my experience to RUN to the store and buy something for back-up. Whether it's a hard drive or burned discs or in the "cloud" back up.
Most recently here in Utah we have had devastating wildfires.
Fire fighters had to evacuate families in minutes! Dry summers such as ours this year have become ready fuel for Mother Natures storms or perhaps someones carelessness. As on lookers our hearts break and then the inevitable question comes to mind. What would you do in this situation?
What would you take if Firefighters pounded on your door telling you, you must abandon your home NOW!!
Reports have said that of course loved ones and pets would top the list with treasured photos next on the list of items that would be hurriedly fit into the car.
I had a dear photography friend in Colorado that didn't have the luxury of being home when her neighborhood was totally evacuated. Because she was at work she didn't get the chance to grab her cat or her grandmothers precious black and white photos or clients photos that she had backed up on several hard drives.
Both of these examples, mine not even remotely compared to my friends, reminds us to back up AND if there are treasures (and what photo isn't?) or your business is photography, back up and have copies in another location other than your home. Perhaps at your best friend's home across town or maybe a safe deposit box.
The word SAD doesn't begin to define the loss.
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