"You’re a photographer, right? So, like, what do you do all day when you're not shooting?"
I get this question often. It’s not that people are trying to discredit my profession or think that I just sit at home watching Netflix all day. They are just genuinely curious. It’s not a typical 9-5 job. There is the flexibility that I can do laundry while I’m working or take a personal day if I need to, but many people don’t realize that running a photography business is actually less time shooting and much more time actually running a business.
To show people what I do, I decided to keep a record of everything I did for 10 days. Each week could look different, but this may give you a good idea as to what a photographer does behind the scenes and what the day-to-day might look like.
DAY 1: Sunday, February 19th
10:30am - Church
12:30-5:00pm - Simply Foxhall Workshop - Hosted by Simply Cater. I photographed the styled shoot element, shot some behind the scenes of the event, and spoke.
Side Note: I don’t typically work on Sundays, but an opportunity came up for me to speak and photograph at this event. Last week I was talking on the phone with organizers, emailing, and preparing my talk - “How to draft your perfect photo timeline.”
DAY 2: Monday, February 20th - President’s Day
Some of my friends with 9-5 jobs had this day as a holiday, some didn't. I decided to go "halfsies". Also seeing as I worked the day before, I felt no guilt about taking a half day.
AM- uploaded, culled, and began editing photos from Sunday
PM - took off to spend time with friends, rest, and read
DAY 3: Tuesday, February 21st
AM - Did some styled and BTS photos for Maybe to Yes Workshop at 433 Bishop
Then, had to leave for a little bit to go meet my clients for their engagement session in Cabbagetown.
PM - Returned for the afternoon portion of Maybe to Yes for more BTS shots.
At home “after hours” - uploaded engagement photos and day one of maybe to yes and culled images, Sent headshots to a friendor.
DAY 4: Wednesday, February 22nd
AM + PM - At Maybe to Yes all day - headshots, styled shoot, and BTS photos
"After hours" Started drafting blog post for Brianne McMullan Events
DAY 5: Thursday, February 23rd
AM - uploaded and culled Maybe to Yes workshop and styled shoot photos from day 2, Returned emails, Booked an engagement session, Called ga doe about log in info
Went to the Atlanta Youth Academy (AYA) to hang out with my mentee, Precious.*
*Yes, this is one of the perks to making my own schedule. I can volunteer in the middle of the day!
Returned groom’s suit from Sunday’s workshop
PM - Finished editing Simply Foxhall Workshop photos, Uploaded to online gallery, Returned more emails
DAY 6: Friday, February 24th
AM - Chapel at AYA and 2nd graders were leading. (When I went the day before, Precious and her teacher asked if I was coming and who could say no to that sweet child so I went two days in row.)
Posted blog post and promoted on social media
PM - Uploading the rest of SFW photos to online gallery, Reviewed a portfolio/ website for a newer photographer, Met her for lunch, Sent Simply Foxhall Workshop photos to the organizers of the event, Edited MTY headshots
DAY 7: Saturday, February 25th
8am - Engagement Session at O4W park - again I don't normally do portrait sessions on Saturdays that I don't have weddings, but she was flying in from Nebraska and thus, I broke my own rule again... must get better at that.
No more work this weekend!
DAY 8: Sunday, February 26th
Sabbath aka no work or emails for me today!
DAY 9: Monday, February 27th
AM - Emails - following up with brides, discussing engagement sessions, with my CPA to file my taxes, Submitting shoots to publications, Signed up for webinars, Editing -worked on MTY, finished editing an engagement session, Planning/ dreaming for future fun things like workshops, mentoring sessions and a summer intern. Be on the look out for all these fun things potentially happening in the future!
PM - Exported engagement sesh and uploaded to online gallery, Posting to social media, Blog post planning
DAY 10: Tuesday, February 28th
AM - Respond to emails, Finish blog post, Post blog post, Cull images for styled shoot submission
PM - Went on a run (again with the work perks - I give myself freedom to run in the middle of the day), Submit to publication, Research engagement shoot locations, Listen to Ashlyn Writes Webinar, Start editing MTY Workshop day 2
So there ya have it - 10 days in my life and what I did. Like I said before, every week, every day could look different depending on what is necessary to accomplish that day. Some days look more exciting with workshops and photo sessions while others tend to be a bit less exciting like doing taxes and talking to people on the phone at various government agencies. Through it all, I'm happy to get to run my own company for as long as the Lord wills it.
Peace up, A-Town down,