My name is Shannon "Dabling" hence the title :) I am a mother of 3, stay at home mom, Creative Memories Consultant, and photographer. I have been a consultant twice so far, and have had my home photography studio for 7 years.

My goal for the year 2010 is to "Focus on Photos" and my mission is to help others with the same goal.

I love what I do and have met the most wonderful people through both of my business's. I hope that I can continue helping others.

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Tuesday:Tech Tips "Back-Up EVERYTHING"

So I was going to have another photography tip, but because of my own recent problems I am here to voice that it is important to back everything up!

On Saturday I took my laptop and external hard drives to a location to work on editing a past wedding, when someone walked by and tripped on my cords, pulling my hard drive to the floor. Just enough to kill it. I did have that wedding backed up but I did not have some other jobs backed up and now I am in a flurry trying to get the data recovered. It could cost up to $2000 to get it recovered, of course I could never spend that much. But the moral of this story is to back everything up!

Luckily for those that use Memory Manager, they have an awesome back-up system. You can copy all your images to CD/DVDs, to another hard drive, and make multiple vaults right from the software! Pretty Cool!

SO....BACK UP you files, DO NOT throw away negatives, and if possible store at a different location than your computer, and pictures like a safety deposit box or a fire-proof safe.

Memories are that important. It rings especially clear when I have read stories of the victims of the California fires. Most stories mention that they either got their pictures out safely or they lost everything including all their pictures. And I know that if I ever had to evacuate my home besides getting my family out safe I would do all I could to get my memories too!