For Photographers

Backing Up Your Images

February 10, 2015


Nicki Metcalf Photography_0040.jpg


Please, if you have had it on your mind to back up your images and then say, “Ahh, I’ll do it tomorrow, make that tomorrow TODAY”. You never know what could happen to you computer and you could lose precious images into NO MANS LAND. You could have the most high tech, bomb computer and you spill water on it or you could get your computer stolen. I recommend several back ups and even back ups of your back ups (confusing I know). Point being- make sure you have several back ups and spread them out. I have my images backed up on 2 external hard drives, online, and then on my computer and honestly- thats still not enough in my mind.

When I was first starting college and moving I had a HUGE bulky IBM computer in my trunk. Was it the safest place to put a computer? Mmm probably not but we all have to learn a lesson or two in life right? I was inside unloading some stuff, came out a couple of hours later and SOMEHOW that sucker was gone. The saddest part was not that my computer was stolen but all my images from when I first started shooting were on there. Luckily I had some images printed but still. I can’t emphasize this enough- back your images up! Below are some links to some hard drives I really like but there are so many awesome ones out there!

PS- You never know when a bride or groom is going to come back a year or two later asking for a copy of their wedding images because they “accidentally lost them”. How awesome of a photographer are you if you can simply help them out because you backed them up?




Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *



I see the beauty in imperfect things. As a Christ-follower, faith is central to my life, work, and connections. I am fueled by joy, known for my bubbly and sunny disposition, and always with a warm hug. Imperfect beauty inspires my love for all things vintage, abstract art, and real love stories. I love moments full of grit and emotion; life off the beaten path; stunning views along the shore; and the juxtaposition of New York grunge and laid back Cali-vibe. 

As a mother of two, I am very familiar with how quickly life’s most important moments fly by too quickly. I will calmly and seamlessly guide you through frames that will endure. I strive to capture your memories with one-of-a-kind images full of meaning. I cannot wait to connect with you! 

I bring all of these elements to my time with my couples. With over a decade of experience in the industry, I know how to gently guide you through poses that are natural and beautiful. The transition into this sentence doesn’t make sense. Throughout your day, you will feel the love from those there to celebrate
 you two. 
When I’m not photographing weddings, I enjoy long walks in the neighborhood with my husband, my kiddos Tuxie and Sunny, and my labradoodle Hokie.. Also, I am a huge dog-lover! I’m pretty sure heaven is full of dogs. I can’t wait to connect with you, and yes, your pup is always welcome here! 


FROM my journal


Backing Up Your Images

Backing Up Your Images

Backing Up Your Images

Backing Up Your Images

© Nicki Metcalf Photography 2022

Design by Tonic