Day 1768 – What Does A Typical Work Day Look Like For A Wedding Photographer?

You may be wondering what my typical work days are like. I know I get asked every so often about my blog (how do you find time to blog every day??) I get the “that must be a fun job!” So I figured a little behind the scenes of my “office days” was in order.

After I get up, I check my emails and social media to make sure I don’t have anything pressing to respond to.

I’ll try to have my devotions as early as possible in my day. Ha ha, but I also have to be awake enough to process them!

After that, I respond to any emails/posts/etc that I didn’t earlier.

I try to write my blog post as early as possible as well. There are some days where I have NO idea what to post, so I put that off until something comes to me.

My to-do list is set up in two sections. The top is a Sunday through Saturday list. Each day I have devotions, workout, the current blog post day, Outlook tasks (I keep some reminders in Outlook and some on my multiple to-do lists….I probably need to clean up this aspect a little bit!) and some weeks, editing. Besides that, I list out items that have to be done that day (bank, library, meetings) and tasks I’d like to finish that day. The second section is broken down into several lists (money generating tasks, money already made tasks, personal, and a few random lists that change). I used to have a HUGE list in this second section, but I found that section would just keep growing and growing and never get completed. So I moved more items to my longer to-do list…I actually have it saved as The Largest To Do List Ever Created. At one point it was actually 10 pages long! Eeep! Over the years, I’ve whittled it down to 3-4 pages. I finally organized that into topics/areas.

I’ll try to read for at least 30 minutes a day.

Sometimes my main tasks for the day will take 30 minutes to an hour. If I have just shot a wedding or a portrait session, I’ll spend several hours or most of the day editing.

Some days, I’ll attend a workshop (going to a night time photography one in a few weeks!) or I’ll attend another photographer’s studio for a discussion on various topics. Other days, I’ll meet up with photographers or other wedding vendors just to chat about work and life.

Yesterday, I did something a little outside of my normal work day. It was one of those days where I was getting stir crazy (working in front of a computer in the basement for 6-10 hours a day can get old quick!) So I packed up my to-do list, computer and some notes I’ve been meaning to do something with for a while.

I spent about 3 hours in Panera Bread working on my next wedding timeline and my social media schedule. Can I just say that it has taken me WAY too long to finalize this?! I’ve been keeping notes on how I should approach social media for some time now. I’ve been putting it off and putting it off…..and putting it off some more! But being out of the house and pretty restricted to what I could do (the internet wasn’t working well on my computer), it forced me to finally get it done!

I also got to try a delicious new to me dish! The chicken tortellini!

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About 365 days of marriage

I started this blog in April of 2011. At the time, Bret and I were wedding photographers and it was a way to share how marriage is more about the day to day and so much more than the wedding day itself. For about 5 years, I blogged about the joys and sorrows of the Christian walk, marriage, work, family and friends. I’ve blogged every day since a few weeks after I started. In May of 2015, we photographed our last wedding. Now, I have become passionate about simplicity, particularly in marriage, Christianity, business, travel and life. For a number of reasons, we have become minimalists. I’ve found that having simplicity makes life so much deeper, refreshing and joyful. I hope that this blog will help others see the benefits of living simply.

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