What I am thankful for

What I am thankful for

We set aside this day every year to reflect on what we have to be thankful for. Growing up I always thought this holiday was a little sappy, a little too feel good, silliness for me. Now that I have my own family and have been working in the photography industry for a little longer than 10 years things are a little different. Maybe I have grown up a little. Maybe. First off, I am thankful for every single job that I get to shoot. After a few years in this business, I have seen that booking every job is a hard won battle. There are so many good photographers out there, and I am honestly humbled every time someone chooses to share their life and vision with me. I am so thankful for my family. Andrea puts up with so much of my garbage. She tolerates my obsession with photography, and even throws in her support when I need it.  Caitlyn as well. All the time on nights and weekends that I am out shooting and they hold very little of it against me 😉 I am also thankful that this industry is filled with sharing professionals: people who will bend over backwards to help those that are just starting out.  When I was brand new to the industry I needed a lot of help. I found that help through networking and professional organizations devoted to furthering the photography industry.   Today is a day to take stock of what we have and to be thankful, and while many may have a grim outlook, there is still plenty...
It’s like wearing a belt AND suspenders.

It’s like wearing a belt AND suspenders.

Backups. Surely there is something more fun and interesting to write a blog post about. We all hate doing them, but, at the end of the day , you need to have a solid backup plan in place. If you use a hard drive long enough it will fail, doesn’t matter what kind of drive it is, who made it, etc, etc. All drives/storage media fail at some point. That is a fact. For photographers, backups can be a big problem. The amount of data that we can create in a day is crazy. I have personally photographed at weddings with a 3-man team, and walked away after an 12 hour day with 100 gigabytes of data. Moving around and maintaining a years worth of data that I create can become quite a burden, and it gets a little tricky when multiple desktops are use and some are PC and some are Macs. They do not play nice with each other. One of the tricks i have found to make this manageable is automation. For the PC, i use an app called SecondCopy 8. It is a simple automated back up program. I also use a few different disk drives that are connected to my computer. So, here is how it works for me. I have a drive that I download images to after a shoot, each drive is given a unique name. I use two letters, the year and two more numbers, example: bk2013 01. I so my images live on drive bk2013 01, not on my computer, because I find that I fill up the hard drives...