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One Of The Worst Mistakes A Photographer Can Make (And How I Made It!)


This past week I made one of the worst mistakes a photographer can make. It started innocently enough, and ended in a sleepless night, an anxious early morning phone call, and the admitting of defeat. It wasn't my finest moment.

But enough build-up.

Last week I met up with a lovely couple; dad had just flown in from the Maldives, and mom was literally about-to-pop at full term nine months pregnant. We shot a quick and lovely maternity session at Delta Park - the pics were gorgeous, and the shoot was fun and light-hearted (despite my concern that the baby may come at any minute and we would be delivering at Delta! Heeeeee!).

The weekend continued - it was my brother's wedding and a flurry of activity and family events surrounded it. I also managed to land myself a nasty cold, and spent most of the wedding quite heavily medicated on antibiotics and an endless stream of vitamin C (such fun!), and finally I found myself on the other side of it - sitting down on Monday evening to finally work my way through a mountain of emails and a build-up of editing.

And that's when I realised - a dark sickly spreading realisation - that maternity shoot from the Thursday afternoon was NO WHERE to be found. A quiet panic overtook me, until I was literally pulling apart every single corner and crevice of my house, my car and my computer to try and find the missing photos.

But they were gone. They were no where to be found, because I had quite simply messed up and broken my own golden rule - I had not copied them onto my computer the second that I got home. I had also broken my other golden rule - I had formatted all my SD cards before the next shoot without making sure that the photos were at least sorted and in the process of being edited on my computer.

And all of those SD cards now contained photos from my brother's wedding, and nothing else.

It was a heart-deadening realisation at 9.55pm on Monday evening.

The only bright side to this story (and there is one, thankfully!), is that my clients are AMAZING! This gorgeous couple were so sweet and so understanding (and miraculously still pregnant, even though it was five days later!), and after negotiating refunds, finding the biggest bunch of flowers in all of Johannesburg, and re-shooting the whole thing on Tuesday afternoon, I can happily say that those photos are very safe and sound!

And all I can do now is learn, and be more meticulous, and not do it again. And sometimes somehow it feels good to share the bad stuff, and not only the good stuff. Don't judge me too harshly see.

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