Destination Shoot + Talk for photographers


 If you want REAL encouragement and REAL life happenings, this is for you. 

  There was a time in my career I wanted to quit.  I dreaded editing, I avoided emails, and everything was so far behind.  I still adored photography, but I was managing my business & my home life in a way that was far from healthy.  If you own a business and especially if you started it from the ground up, and even more so if it appears on the outside like its thriving... Theres a good chance you feel like you're drowning.  There's a never ending list of work to do as a business owner. You may even feel guilty when you take time to yourself.  I've been there so many times in my career and its not because of photography.  Its because of me.   

  My business is quite literally a hobby that turned into a full time vocation and for that reason, I have the ability to LOVE every second of my job.  

I'm learning that there will always be a to-do list as a business owner.  I'm also learning that if I create workflow, systems, and programs that work for me, the more time I can save and the less I feel like work is piling on top of me.  We talk about this so much in my workshops and how to make money, while working less. This sounds like a crazy concept but its all about time management & knowing how to maintain a thriving business. Maintain your current income & decrease your hours, or take the new time you have to grow your business and increase your income.  If you're struggling, need a breath of fresh air, or know that you are capable of taking your business to the next level, join us in July! 

Here are a few time saving tips that helped me build a healthy business & home life. 

SMART SCHEDULING ( Saves 5 - 15 hours a week )
It takes time to get ready in the morning.  Especially to do your hair, apply makeup, etc.  If you are going to an important meeting & need everything to look professional and in order, theres a good chance it could take you an hour to get ready.  Maybe 2 hours if you had to shower, iron something or even shave your legs. I told you I was about to get real.  

I started smart scheduling one year ago and I save 5 to 15 hours a week and here's the magic: Schedule everything that you need to look professional for on that same day.  New client meetings, networking events, headshots, live videos... Whatever your workflow consists of. 

Yes, you read that right.  The rest of the week you will still find us looking presentable but my hair will be in a bun and I'll only have on a little bit of mascara.  This small scheduling change bought me an extra 5-10 hours a week!  If you're a photographer, this is a huge game changer.  If you meet with your prospective clients at a coffee shop that is just 15 minutes from your house thats 30 minutes drive time to meet with a new client. If you do this 3 times a week, thats ONE AND HALF hours a week just in the car.  SIX entire hours per month! Schedule those three weekly consultations in the same day back to back and you just got 1 entire hour of your life back that week. Be smart about your scheduling and condense meetings and like-items.  

TAKE DAYS OFF AND DON'T COMPROMISE (Saves you from burning out)
If you're a new business owner this is hard because when work comes your way, you don't want to say no. For us, we set out days off and stick to them.  Why?  Because you will always find something to do and look at that to-do list if you don't remove yourself from your typical surroundings and take the day off.  This will better your business, because you have to take time to recharge.  If you are new, and a client is only available on your day off, make sure you reschedule that day off and still take one.  I'm not saying turn down business. Or maybe I am.  It's a hard thing to swallow sometimes, but we know you can't fill someone else's cup when yours is empty.  Its okay to take days off, you need it and deserve it.   

Luckily, when we express to our clients that we are taking a day off, they typically say something like " I'm so glad!! We want you to! "   

KEEPING YOUR CREATIVITY ALIVE (Allows you to flourish)
If you're a photographer, you're a creative person and you probably have many creative outlets.  Since photography is now your job, you don't want that as your only hobby.  Take time doing something else you love, or learn a new trade because we learn from other creative experiences and need new inspiration. My other outlets to find inspiration or be creative are: 
- Going outside (parks, walks) 
- DIY projects
- Painting.  This takes full concentration and turns my work brain off better than anything.
- Traveling

Since this post was geared towards photographers, I figured why not highlight this session I did for a photographer while she was in North Carolina! 

This session was mid-day with the sun overhead and only about 12 feet x 12 feet of space to move around on.  For an entire session!    

Our workshops also cover my systems for posing, I can't wait to share some new material at our next one! 

Ashley Wills