Backup Your Backups

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There are few tangible things that I value quite as much as my photo archives. I’ve taken at least one photo a day for nearly a decade. If you know what to look for, you’ll find my most personal stories within those pictures. 🏞🎑🌅

This one is from 2014- the last time I got to see my grandma and the only time Deanna got to meet her. She would’ve turned 101 last week. I’m so glad we made that trip to the Philippines to see her. I’m so thankful for that trip and for pics like these.

I had a moment of panic when my hard drive with all my photos and creative work since 2010 crashed. Literally crashes. It took a nosedive off the sofa armrest I couldn’t stop in time. I didn’t want to think about all the possibly lost files.


Similar things happened to me in 2011 and 2015, where I lost all my Argentina photos and honeymoon videos respectively. And thankfully I learned my lesson then. I was so relieved when I found a duplicate hard drive that I nearly forgot. It had everything up until this January- and everything else I could get from my phone.

Took a break from Insta so I could get those image files back and loaded.

And now I’m back to deliver this PSA: 📣Backup your backups. Then go out and get them some backups. And update them often. I am so thankful I did that.

Philippe Lazaro