We have heard it all before on Facebook: My phone broke and I lost all my photos!!! Or alternatively: I just updated my iPhone to the new version and all my photos are gone!!!
It's all all too common reality that we don't back up our data (including precious photos and videos) the way we should. Most serious photographers have a copy on their computer, an external hard drive, and a cloud based service that is away from their computer. This triple redundancy may sound excessive, but it's that type of thinking that protects you from a fire, theft, viruses… or let's face it, how many of our phones have taken a swim in the toilet?
So what is the typical person to do? BACK UP YOUR PHONE. Did you realize that iCloud, apple's free service for phone backup, will backup the LATEST 1000 photos for you automatically? If you haven't activated that feature, there is no reason not to. However, for some photo aficionados, that's simply not enough. Plus, it's easy enough to back up your phone. I did some research, and found out for most phones you can plug it into your computer via a USB cable, and drag and drop the photos onto your computer. I would then burn them onto a disc with the date of the backup listed on it. Make two copies.. discs are cheap. Alternately you can use an external hard drive for backups. On a mac, open iPhoto and it will let you access all your photos and videos to make a backup. Do this periodically. Once every few months or so. Look into a backup service like Carbonite. It will let you backup all the photos and important things on your computer.
So what do you take away from this? Please please please back up your phone! One afternoon of watching files copy over will save you plenty of frustration and preserve your childs' all too short time as a little one. :)