If you haven't heard of Demi and Justin yet, stop reading this and go check out their YouTube first.
Now that you've done that, let me tell you a little bit about this shoot. The shoot itself went great; the three of us wandered my favorite neighborhood to take photos in for a few hours and got some great shots. I edited two or three of the photos that night and sent them along out of excitement, and then the nightmare began: my laptop hard drive failed.
No matter, you think, surely you have a back up disk. I plug in the back up disk and here this terrible screeching noise. After some frantic Googling, I find out the beeping is the equivalent of the blue screen of death to an external hard drive. Laptop and hard drive, both gone in one fell swoop.
Not only were the photos Demi, Justin, and I had just taken gone, but my entire photo library, save for the few that are uploaded to my website, were gone in an instant. I tried to take a zen approach and consider it a New Beginning, but I dreaded taking my computer to the repair shop and hearing them tell me it was game over.
For weeks, I worked off my roommate's laptop, doing small tasks here and there and trying to forestall judgment day, until finally I broke and took my laptop in. The guy frowned as I explained to him what happened but he agreed to take a look at it anyway.
My tech vocab in Korean is pretty limited, so when the repair shop called the next day, I only heard a few words, namely "internal cord," "faulty," "replaced." Then it clicked.
I left my day job early and rushed to the store, completely soaked from the rain and out of breath by the time I got into the store. The worker behind the counter gave me a weird look but handed me my laptop anyway, explaining that not only were all my files intact, but that the repair was under warranty and therefore free.
Long story short, I've never been more relieved to edit photos than this particular batch. Check out the miracle photos below and go look at Demi and Justin's Instagrams afterwards.