I’m sure it has happened to you before. You thought you backed up your photos and then you lose your phone. They weren’t backed up as you thought and you lose your baby’s pictures, your family events, your grandparents that are no longer alive, your entire life of memories. It’s devastating!
I am ridiculously picky when it comes to photographs. Not only do I have to take a hundred pictures just to find a few that I like, but also I want to keep all hundred. I am obsessed, I admit it. I just don’t want a single memory lost.
Through this first month of my baby girl’s life, I have taken more pictures than in the last 2 years. I want to capture every single moment of her newborn life (and also she won’t stay still for picture so I have a lot of blurry shots).
My biggest fear is that I would lose or break my phone and that all these precious moments would be lost forever. So my obsessed self has found several ways to make sure I don’t lose any baby pictures (and yes, I don’t pick one of these methods, I actually do them all…you can never be too careful).
#1: Save them to Icloud or Google Drive
I actually work in a cell phone store and so I see many different customers all with the same issue. They broke or lost their phone and they forgot to backup their photos to iCloud or Google Drive.
They look at me with puppy dog eyes like I can just wave a magic wand that only us cell phone reps have and all of a sudden they would have all their photos back. Unfortunately, that doesn’t exist…yet.
But I tell these people all the time, set up auto save on your cell phone so each time you take a photo, it is being saved somewhere other than just the phone. Iphone with automatically back up to the iCloud every time you have the phone plugged in and are connected to Wifi, which for most is just about every night.
#2: Email them
I gave my stepdad a warning that every time I take some cute photos, I am going to email them to him. “That’s no problem” he said happily. Of course, he loves getting photos of his granddaughter.
This helps me out in that if anything happens to my iCloud, somebody else has all my important photos. I could also email them to myself, but I literally have about 30,000 emails and I know they would get lost. My stepdad is a computer tech and has his own server that is never down. Plus he will email them to my mom. I know they will be kept in multiple secure places.
#3: Save on USB or external hard drive
Still with the theme of keeping these photos digital, they can also be saved to a USB or external hard drive. While they would be digital, they would also be physical. Just make sure you can find a good place to store that small USB.
#4: Print them out
Most people have too many photos to go the old-fashioned route but you could always pick your favorites and print them out. While it will eventually take up some room in your garage, you can add your physical copies of photos to a photo album or scrapbook. You will want this to show your baby anyways so why not start one.
#5: Use a photo printing app
The newest and absolutely coolest way I’ve seen to store photos is using a photo printing app. One such app is called Recently, in which you provide them with photos and they make a monthly magazine out of your photos and mail it to you.
It will take some physical storage on your part, but you get a professional looking photo album every month without having to print, cut, and paste photos yourself.
Another photo app I’ve been seeing is Mixtiles. With Mixtiles, you send them which pictures you would like and they print them on square canvases. You can arrange these tiles on your wall however you would like. There is a cost associated with this one, but the pricing is not bad, especially for canvas pictures.
So these are just a few ways that I use to make sure I never lose baby pictures. Like I said, I work in a cell phone store and I hear it way too many times. People drop their phone in water, or lose it, or it gets run over. You don’t think it will happen until it does. They are left without any way to retrieve their hundreds or thousands of photos of their loved ones. I always feel so bad that I can’t help them.
Just keep in mind that you should always have your photos backed up. They may be backed up to a cloud or internet service, but that should not be relied on as your only backup. Make sure you never lose baby pictures by backing them up in multiple places.