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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Local Photographer Robbed

posted by on August 21 at 14:17 PM

Last night someone broke into the North Seattle home of Jenny Jimenez, a local freelance photographer (who also shoots for The Stranger) and all around sweetie pie, and made off with more than $20,000 worth of camera equipment. The thieves also stole a computer and her mothers wedding ring, which Jimenez was going to be married with this fall.

From King 5:

In addition to the $20,000 worth of cameras, lens and other accessories, the robbers took off with parts of photographer Jenny Jimenez’s computer that still contained hundreds of digital pictures from two recent weddings.

“I recently shot two weddings that I was in the process of working up, and they were on my computer. So all of those photographs are gone,” said Jimenez. “And those two couples unfortunately don’t have anything to remember their wedding by.”

Bastards. If you have any information, please contact the police immediately.

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I can't believe how crappy that is. Jenny is so rad and talented. Boooo!

Hang in there Jenny H

Posted by DavidB | August 21, 2007 2:37 PM

*Jenny J

Posted by DavidB | August 21, 2007 2:38 PM

Oh boo freaking hoo...

As Dan is oft heard saying, "I don't care about strait wedding until I have the right to marry!!" So, who cares if a couple of breeders lose treasured photos of one of the most important days in their lives. As long as Dan doesn't get to be "Married" then no tradjedy befalling out straight comrades in their moment of matrimonial bliss is worth worrying about.

Screw 'em. And I hope they sue her. Maybe then the government will validate our right to marry.

Right Dan?!!

Posted by ecce homo | August 21, 2007 3:15 PM

Oh JJ. I love you to the MAX. This is awful. :(

Posted by racheal huffman | August 21, 2007 3:22 PM

This is a horrible tragedy. What makes it worse is that an off site tape backup is a really cheap and effective way to distribute your eggs across multiple baskets. Especially if you professional career depends on the data. But this is the kind of thing you can not predict, and they type of mistake that only happens once. But still, those guys are bastards.

Posted by Steve | August 21, 2007 3:28 PM

ecce homo, shut the fuck up.

Posted by tommy | August 21, 2007 3:34 PM

Why did she not back up the data? Even on disc or something? It doesn't seem like good business practice.

Posted by I feel bad for her but | August 21, 2007 4:41 PM

Jenny, I'm so sorry to hear about this theft. That absolutely stinks. $20,000 is a hell of a lot of money for anyone, not to mentioned a self-employed person like yourself. Not to mention that someone broke into your home. Freakin' scary.

Posted by Stephanie | August 21, 2007 4:44 PM

I pay people to have sex with ecce's butt. It's getting expensive. No one would go there cheap. In other things, you know the money that stuff nets the thief is all going to drugs. This is why I don't have any sympathy for drug fiends. I'm for ending the War on Drugs and investing in treatment programs, but only to prevent shit like this from happening to nice people. Hope this druggie dies with his pants full of shit at 3rd and Pine, and no one knows or cares who he is or what he was about.

Posted by christopher | August 21, 2007 5:11 PM

To "I feel bad for her but",

Part of a photographers work-flow includes back-up, but it's not always the absolute first step. First, you get them get them onto the computer, but some people want to cull the obviously fuct shots before storing on back-up.

Posted by Ben Wa | August 21, 2007 7:44 PM

All of my wedding photography is backed up on three external hard drives but these two particular weddings hadn't been yet.

Thanks to Christoper, Tommy and Megan for backing me up.

Posted by jenny | August 21, 2007 7:45 PM

@10 - you are correct. i was in the process of editing both weddings. I average 500-700 digital images per wedding and trim down to about 400 before copying to an external drive and begin post production (color correction, etc).

Posted by jenny | August 21, 2007 7:56 PM

Jenny, you can purchase a commercial insurance policy that covers the replacement of your equipment (minus a $500 deductible) for less than $400/year. It'll also come with $1 million of liability, and a whole bunch besides. I know it's a little late now, but it's something you really should do for the future.

Posted by Gitai | August 21, 2007 9:41 PM

fucking. cock. suckers. why? theives and liars....the REAL bad guys. I don't know you jenny, but i'm sorry.

Posted by matt | August 21, 2007 11:23 PM

Yes, bad robbers, bad. Feel bad for the person whose livelihood is affected. It is scary to have someone break into your house.

However, I assume that equipment was insured. Yes, it sucks dealing with insurance companies, but ultimately, not a big deal. As far as the data unwittingly stolen... Let that be a lesson to us all about vagaries of living in digital age.

Even if your data is backed up, if someone steal the drive (or your house burns down and the data burns down with it) you are still screwed. Back up data off site if it is important and have contingency plan. It's difficult to throw out boxes of CDs, however it only takes a flick of a wrist to permanently delete your music collection.

Posted by martineno | August 21, 2007 11:50 PM

To martineno - she is dealing with huge amounts of data on a frequent basis. It is just not convenient nor practical to always immediately back everything up and store offsite. It takes time, and a gazillion discs if you are suggesting she should do it that way. I have a dvd burner and a typical shoot would still fill about 3 dvds, which is time consuming, expensive, and ultimately redundant - so most people don't do it.

I back up my photography on external drives which I hide; I even have an offsite backup drive stashed with a friend, but that is only updated every 6 months. There is no good answer here I guess, but I am really sorry for her loss.

Posted by whatever | August 22, 2007 8:40 AM


If it were me, I would not clear my media cards until backups had been made. The data loss was probably preventable.

But, you know, 20/20 hindsight and all. . .regardless, the situation sucks.

Posted by violet_dagrinder | August 22, 2007 11:21 AM


I am not saying it is easy. There are services however that let you push data offsite almost as soon as you drop them on your drive. I found a bunch just by doing a search on Google right now:

Sure, it means that you have to pay for fast internet connection and the backup will be slow and maybe not everything will be backed up as fast as one would like. But it means that you can prevent loss of data if you loose the disk in your physical control.

I guess it all depends on how important the data is to you. There is always an element of risk.

This is of course talking 20/20 hindsight. And I still feel bad for her and I hope that the disks can be recovered. With the data on them.

Posted by martineno | August 22, 2007 11:33 AM

@18 - useful information...

Otherwise, I think that all the "if it were me" responses are ignorant. Obviously she knows what she could have done. I doubt those posts make her feel any better, and it feels like they weren't meant to.

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