This photo shoot very nearly didn’t see the light of day: Ever deleted a whole bunch of photos off your memory card unknowingly or by accident? No? Just me then…
Before I explain what happened, I will just put the location and outfit into context: These photos were taken when we did a bit of sightseeing in London’s Holland Park, somewhere neither Keith nor I had ever been before. It was the day after the UK Blog Awards, so we wanted a gentle, easy day out. We’ve done most of the royal parks (Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, Green Park, Greenwich Park, etc.), but never Holland Park.
I wore something that was perfect for a spring day (sunny with just a hint of chill in the air) – a trouser suit and orange sweater with coordinating pink sneakers. My hair was still wavy/messy from the hairstyle I did to go with my lucky red gown. Comfy, warm but not hot, bright and super-colourful. All very me.
So, onto the reason for the major memory card cock up (now known as Memory Cardgate)…
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I’d planned to edit these photos and publish them a week or two ago, and all was good until I went to upload them from the memory card onto the computer. They weren’t on the memory card – only the photos of my preppy dog walking outfit from the day before were on there.
No panic, they were probably on another memory card. We have two DSLRs that we use plus my Olympus Pen, so we would have either used a different camera or swapped memory cards.
The pictures from this shoot were absolutely, definitely, without a SHADOW of a doubt not on any of our memory cards. To say I went into a slight panic is an understatement… If it were a shoot we’d done down the road I could have reshot (reshooted?!) no problem, but when you know the photos were in a beautiful location where the location is as important as the outfit (and somewhat more beautiful, to be honest) then it’s time to go full-on panic stations.
Now before any of you stating tutting and thinking, Well she really shouldn’t delete them until she’s absolutely sure! – I couldn’t agree with you more. When we start a shoot, Keith shows me what’s on the card, and if the photos are already on the blog they get deleted. If not they stay, even if I’m pretty certain I’ve already uploaded them.
But this is the thing: NEITHER of us have any recollection of looking at them on the camera, not since looking at them as we went along during the shoot. So how they got deleted I have no idea – and it’s still bugging us to this day.
So you’re probably wondering how come the pictures are here if they were 100% definitely deleted, aren’t you…!
Well this is where having a close blogging group comes into play: As many of you know I’m part of the Over40Collective, and (like many close groups of friends) we have a WhatsApp group. My “news” that day was OMG my day is going so badly, I’ve wiped a fantastic London photo shoot off my memory card by accident.
All I can is thank GOD for my Instagram Wives – Annette suggested that I look for software to recover the photos. And like that, something I didn’t even know existed came into my world like a knight on shining armour. (Well, I tried the free software and it only recovered the last 20 or so, so I bit the bullet and paid about £63 for the full version. Well worth it though.)
So the moral of the story is: Don’t EVER delete photos off a memory card until you know the photos have been published/printed/emailed/archived or whatever else you’re doing with them. And if you’re like me and my husband and seem to have gone into some time lapse continuum where you deleted them off, then drop me an email and I’ll happily use my software if you want to mail me your memory card.
Or, don’t drink and delete, kids!! 😜
Holland Park – the sights
If you’re in west London then do not miss a trip to Holland Park – as you will see from the pictures there are some beautiful buildings and areas as well as trees, shrubs and flowers. We went to Kyoto Garden (a stunning Japanese garden) too but it was so full of tourists it was pointless taking any photos there. You might like to see a few lovely houses along the edge of the park too…!
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Trouser suit: Oasis
Sweater: Finery c/o
Sneakers: Marks & Spencer
Bag: Marks & Spencer
Sunglasses: Jaeger c/o
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Oh yes indeed, these photos are stunning. Ahhh.. I saw you that morning in this lovely outfit. Applause for Keith.
Yes I have deleted a shoot in Paris once. But … I have a system… First I upload the photos from camera to computer as soon as I come home from a shoot. And I give that folder a name plus the letters ALL. Then I create a folder with the same name without the extention ALL and copy the good photos from ALL into the folder I am going to keep.
After a month I delete the ALL folder of that shoot and drag the folder with the used photos to my external hard drive. Now how did I lose the Paris shoot? I had one big ALL folder with four days of photoshoots. I made three folders without the ALL for three different outfits and decided to hold on to the fourth until spring (it was end of September). And that's where I went wrong. After a month I deleted the ALL folder with the fourth shoot still in it. But hah! I had a back-up. My computer constantly makes back-ups to an external back-up drive. So no problem. I just copied them back! How is this for organisation?
Catherine, I love when you share these sorts of stories. It just makes me smile, not your bad luck, but that we are all human and mess up once in a while. It gets even more fun as we get older, because we can't remember things! Eye, yie, yie! Love your outfit. Classic and comfy, what great combination for exploring those beautiful gardens. Love your hair too! Thanks for hosting the link up. – Amy
On the bright side, you now need never worry about it happening again.
This outfit reminds me of how much I LOVE the look of pink and red together, especially soft pink…. so modern and fresh.
AND jumper (or shirt) sleeves below jacket sleeves…. yeah, that's another great look.
Part smart, part carefree.
Great styling as ever.
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By the way, same problems just happened to me few months ago. I was also accidentally deleted my photos. But it's good to hear that you've found your photos again.
Oh god, so glad you recovered them! Thank you so much for featuring my outfit, I am so excited <3 I also love your look, so on point!
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Oh my gosh…I live in TERROR of accidentally deleting outfit photos, dearest Catherine!! I have the same rule as you do – I don't delete anything from the memory card until the outfit in question has been safely posted on my blog – but that doesn't mean that a slip of the finger couldn't happen!! So glad you were able to recover your Holland Park pics…this pink and orange ensemble (I LOVE pink and orange together!) and the gorgeous views were definitely worth the software investment!! XOXO
I am glad I was able to point you in the right direction and you found a proper software to recover these beautiful photos, C!
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Great photos. I love Holland Park and have used it for a photoshoot several times with similar backgrounds. We go every summer to the Holland Park opera and have a picnic there. It is magical.
Thank goodness you found these pics because they are STUNNING! And your glow from the night before is ever present! I love your hair this way, and of course those colors on you ROCK!!
I delete my pics from the card on the computer AFTER I've copied them over. I never delete from the actual camera. Maybe that practice could help in the future…. But yes, I've thought I've lost them. It's the worst when that happens!! Luckily I've just usually saved somewhere random.
Hey, congrats again Catherine!
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Isn't modern technology fab! I had no idea there was such a thing out there, but it's great to know now. I would have been mega p****d off if I'd lost these lovely shots – the backdrop is almost as stunning as you Catherine. I love the modern style of trouser suit and also that great pop of colour – exactly what a blog winner would be wearing! Thanks for the link up party x
Oh, that's awful! Glad you were able to recover some of them! Loving the soft pink and red together. Really lovely combo!
Sunny London, happy you and excellent photos as ever.
I lost no end of photos in the past.Now I make double sure, hahahha
These photos are beautiful Carherine, I'm so happy you were able to recover them! I Would have been in panic overdrive! I love the colour combination and the location is so pretty 🙂
Holy moly losing pics!!!!! What a nightmare sheesh!
Oh, that horrible, sinking shock of the empty memory. I know it. And hurray for recovery software! These photos are beautiful and worth freaking out about. I wish we had royal gardens here, but we have been a mere colony. Heh. I love pink and red together. Thanks for the linkup.
What a relief to get your beautiful photos back! I love the blush pink suit and orange sweater together.
That would be a nightmare! I throw everything ,incuding pictures, away to quick!
Technology! Don't you love it? On the other hand I love your outfit. That pop of color is perfect! Have a great week! Peace!
Ha ha. I've had to use recovery software after deleting loads of files before too. There's nothing worse. I bet you were feeling so happy the day these pics were taken after winning your award. x
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Eeeeeek that must've been a nightmare! Especially considering how beautiful the photos are. You're right about the location, it's incredible. I shall have to put it on my to-visit list next time I'm in London! You really do look gorgeous and I love the way you've placed the photos on the blog today!
Phew, glad you got the pics back!! What a palava. Great colours in this look x
Wow…that's craziness with your camera! I know that happened once to my friend, but it was when they went through security at the airport—so they blamed that! I had no idea they had recovery for that—I'm going to send her this post!!
Thanks!! And thanks for showcasing my outfit too—what a fabulous surprise!!