Now that I’m offering digital images with all Good Bodies collections these days, I thought it would be a good time to talk about how to handle your images after you leave the studio.
Since we live in the future, there are countless places you can back up your images from your session. In no particular order, we have sites, prices, and other outlets to consider for your images.
Dropbox is an online file-hosting service, accessible by mobile and desktop. The free version (Dropbox Basic) holds up to 2GB of storage and can be synced across 3 devices. Upgrading to Dropbox Plus at 9.99/month gives you 2TB of storage.
Just put it in the cloud. iCloud is connected to Apple accounts, syncs across devices like iPhones, iPads, and Mac computers, and if you have it, you’ve likely already exceeded your free Cloud storage. You get 5GB of storage for free and much more for monthly payments. 50GB is .99/month, 200GB is 2.99/month, and 2TB is 9.99/month.
Box is another cloud-based file-hosting service that is accessible by mobile and desktop. The free version gets you 10GB of storage. There are paid plans for personal and business with the “Personal Plus” plan getting you 100GB of storage for $120/annually or $14/month.
For my Microsoft friends, this file-hosting service comes connected to Microsoft 365 plans. 5GB is free. The Personal Plan offers 1TB at 59.99/year or 5.99/month and the Family Plan offers 6TB at 79.99/year or 7.99/month.
Any of my friends or followers in the creative industry have probably already invested in external hard drives. It’s a great way to store large amounts of files and keep them on hand whenever you may need them. It’s also great for how affordable it is to store images.
A typical session tends to take up less than 1GB of file space and you can buy a reliable external hard drive to hold that (and more) for $40 – $55. I’d recommend this external hard drive or this external hard drive myself. Some people go with this option because they like the idea of their images not being hosted online. You do you.
Slightly different than the file-hosting options listed above, Backblaze is a cloud storage system. For a subscription fee, Backblaze will back up your computer and hard drives daily so you always have a copy online. The pricing options allow you to pay $7 per month, $70 per year, or $130 for two years.