are you at the ready?
taking pictures of your toddler can be some of the most challenging. we don't want everything to look too 'posey' and catching them "in the act" can be epic and a conversation piece for years to come. so how do we do this? you should always keep the camera handy so that you can snap the naturally beautiful poses of your baby (or their wild antics).
are the memory cards always downloaded and cleared out and installed in the camera? it's not good enough just to know where they are. is your camera in a convenient place in your home where you can grab it quickly and quietly if need be?
a friend of a friend recently had a laptop stolen and much to their dismay all of their family photos were on that one computer. photos not only take up a lot of space but they aren't "safe" just on the laptop or desktop. take the time to download the pictures off of the camera's memory card (they aren't safe their either, i hate to tell you). take about 5 minutes to burn the photos to a blank DVD and consider a book drive as another option. if these photos are really important to you then more than one method of backup is critical. nothing is foolproof, so a double-backup is a great idea. it sounds like a lot for some but once you do it 2-3 times you will get the hang of it. just make sure it becomes you new post-shooting practice and your beautiful photos will be safe and sound.
Rachel Alfonso-Smith is a native New Yorker that has relocated to Katy, Texas.
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