Wedding Workflow With Dennis Heck

When I was nine years old, my dad taught me how to use my first camera, a Canon AE-1. I was fascinated by the possibilities of photography and the detail that goes into it. In 2008, I turned my passion into a full-time career as a wedding photographer in Germany. I love being able to capture the candid moments and emotions that take place on a wedding day; and occasionally bring the almost antique, Canon AE-1 with me. Although I love documenting the wedding, a big part of my job is editing, delivering and protecting these photos for my clients. Every wedding I shoot, adds about 200GB of storage. I started using the Thunderbolt™ 2 Drobo 5D in my workflow and everything fell into place. I’ve researched other storage arrays and never found a solution that met my requirements. The Drobo 5D has provided me with performance, security and versatility. Although the Drobo 5D has risen my data protection and expandability to a new level, I recently migrated my data to the Drobo 5D3 and share my experience below!


The migration from the Drobo 5D to the Thunderbolt 3 Drobo 5D3 was one of the best steps I’ve ever taken. The benefits of the new hardware speaks for itself. Not only does the Thunderbolt 3 connector provide a more modern interface, but it has also significantly increased my read and write speeds. This is essential when I am editing photos in my workflow. The migration itself is relatively easy to perform. It is important to check whether the firmware on both Drobos is up to date. If this is not the case, always carry out a firmware update. After updating, switch both Drobos off, so that the hard disks can be transferred from the older Drobo to the new Drobo. Once turning back on, there is nothing more to do than turn on the new Drobo and wait for the formatting to complete. (Click here to see full steps) As a wedding photographer, I work with huge files. For a one day wedding, I shoot about 3,500 images and store these on my Lightroom catalog and then back them up on Drobo. With the Drobo 5D3, the increased data throughput rate is noticeable, which was one of my main reasons for switching. Thanks to the greatly improved performance, these workflows are now much more efficient, which saves me an enormous amount of time. For any creative who works with large amounts of data, photos or 4K videos, I highly recommend the change. You are optimizing your workflow and the time you spend tremendously, which brings your business forward.


This storage system is ideal for processing large amounts of data resulting from video and photo editing. With the Drobo 5D3, the data can be safely backed up. With redundant storage, one or two hard disk failures can fail simultaneously without any problems. The memory system offers top-class performance with fast interfaces and flexible memory modules. This leaves you more time for the things that you love to do. By Dennis Heck