Backup Options for your Photos and Video Memories

Backup Options for Photos and VideosWhat do you recommend to use for a good backup?

I hear this all the time and honestly with all this new technology, I often suggest you choose a few methods to backup your most precious photos. And here are my lists, I share with you.

Backup Using Hard Drive on Computer or External Hard Drives

These are the most common and easiest way to keep photos and videos. But I must add that you must organise your photos and videos into folders and tag them accordingly for easy access and storage. Bear in mind hard drives need to be checked or used every six months to ensure they don’t fail or crash.

Keep it in the Cloud

This is becoming a popular way to backup online. It is convenient to access anywhere in the world and makes sharing easy. I highly recommend this if you wish to use a few methods when considering backup.

Backup your Photos and Videos on DVD

Although DVD is less popular way to use as backup, it is still a good way to archive your precious memories and it can last for many, many years.

USB for Moving Data

I use USB and recommend it be used for moving data. Large amount of backup might not be safe.

Using Photobooks as a form of Backups

This is a great way to keep your family memories because over some tea, you can share some family stories with your children or relatives. A time of bonding. I love creating Family Year in Review books to highlight special occasions like holidays, children’s achievements, my sons journey to achieve his Black Belt is a huge accomplishment for him. Anything that you want your family to remember, add that into your yearbook.

Printed Photos to keep in Album or Archive Box

Another alternative to Photobooks are to print them. I do this for my children because they love to hold the photo and it gives them the chance to feel it up close.

Years ago, old photos were kept in magnetic photo albums and looked upon often. Well in my home, as we look through the albums, many stories about my grandparents are passed down to me through story telling. I never got to meet my grandparents but because my mum shared so many stories about them, they became a great influence in my life. Had she not taken time to sit and show me her old albums, I would not have known them.

I remember my mum turning pages after pages while I listened to her stories for hours.

These days we have acid free photo sleeves albums. A great way to keep your printed photos. Now I constantly share my own stories with my children as we turn the pages of our albums.

Why is this important?

Because it gives our children a sense of belonging and binds us as one.

Once our children grow into teenagers and young adults, they will have a life of their own. Understanding where or how they came into existence,  will help them navigate in the sea of life.

Creating Videos Montage Slideshows

This is one of my favourites forms of backup. While you can physically hold onto photobooks and photo albums and sit for hours to tell your stories, videos have a magical way of transporting you back in time. Whether you are celebrating a 21st birthday or a wedding anniversary or even compiling for the magnificent family holiday, a video slideshow is the way to go, if you want to take that walk down memory lane.

You relive the emotional journey to watch captured moments you recorded previously in action, and your children can see themselves as they were growing. This alone is truly incredible for both parents and their children. Lets face it, our children grow too fast and we forget how they were as babies and young children.

The aim of backup is to ensure if any unfortunate accidents occur, like flood or fire damage, you don’t have to lose your precious memories worrying about them.

The digital age has opened many opportunities for us to keep our memories safe and alive. Please ensure you take action to use them wisely and preserve your memories. So you can share them with the next generation.

About Alison Laverty

Alison Laverty is a Singapore born Eurasian of Portuguese descent. Specialising in multimedia, Alison creates photo slideshows and video production for families and businesses. Her mission is to help people honour life by celebrating and recognising their achievements through photographic and video memories. Alison is currently writing her forthcoming book of memoirs "The Human Touch - A Story About Connections".