there is no google account associated with the phone, so unlocking it via gmail auth isnt an option, and the phone was never put into debugging mode, so adb is only accessible from recovery mode. I've also attempted a hack someplace else on XDAdev which involved modifying and removing files in /data/data/, but this path was inaccessible in recovery mode.
I'm hoping someone can give me some guidance on what i can try next. I've read that custom recoveries can be flashed to the phone without root through ODIN, then a backup can be initiated, but i haven't been able to find a copy of a custom recovery that i'm certain wont brick this phone. i'm also assuming that the photos are inaccessible from adb when in recovery?