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How to Stay Productive Working From Home as a Photographer

shutterstock_424196902 smallStaying proactive whilst working from home can be difficult, also trying to separate working and relaxing time is hard to separate. Check out these tips below to help.

  • Get dressed in the morning and planning out your days, setting times to do set tasks is super helpful at keeping you proactive.
  • Having a home office is a great idea if you have the room, ideally a separate room is best, so you can go into a separate space just to focus on your work. Closing the door so you don’t get distracted and limiting your coffee breaks.
  • You can pick the times of day you want to work, so if you are a night worker, then work at night rather than during the day, though have your phone on during the day so your clients can contact you.
  • Declutter your work space, try to keep the top of your desk and empty as possible so there won’t be any distractions.
  • Set yourself a list of goals to work towards – make some really achievable and some that you will need to work towards.
  • Don’t work so hard that you are exhausted, have breaks throughout your day taking time to relax, try to only work during the hours you set yourself.
  • Read books on subjects that inspire you during your breaks and when you aren’t working to help keep you inspired and refreshed.
  • Table lamps are better to help you just concentrate on one thing, rather than the room light.
  • Don’t try to rush your work, take your time to make sure that you are always happy with the work, working on more than one project at once is a good idea, to keep your mind refreshed.
  • Most importantly remember to not stress out, take time for yourself and be passionate about the type of photography that you do.

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How to Get Your Photographs Noticed When You’re Getting Started

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Thinking of the best way to get yourself noticed as a photographer can be scary, and a bit daunting, where to upload your photos, should you try and approach galleries right away??

If you have to think whether it is a good idea to approach galleries, then you aren’t quite ready for that, you aren’t confident enough in your work just yet and that’s fine.

Here are some good first steps to take to make it seem more manageable and less daunting:

  • Create your own style, don’t try and copy photographers work you admire. By all means look at them for inspiration, but be yourself and it makes your work more memorable.
  • A first good step is setting up an Instagram and/or Facebook page for your photos; this is a good way to get people to see your work and doesn’t cost you a penny. If you feel nervous about this set the page to private until you feel confident enough to make it public and invite your friends to like your account/page. There are also a lot of forums out there, where you can upload your images and connect with people doing the same thing as you.
  • The next step is to set up your own website or blog (this step can be done with the previous step). You can have a blog for free or if you want a more professional feel, you should go straight for the .com. This will cost you a little but it looks a lot more professional, and depending on your budget you could sell prints of your work on your site. There are also websites out there were you can sell your prints and the company prints and sends them for you, this could be a good thing but you can’t rely purely on them for your work to sell. You still need to market yourself.
  • By this point, you will look a lot more professional and established when you approach galleries about your work, another good step if you are planning approaching them in person is to get some business cards printed.

 

“A good photograph is one that communicates a fact, touches the heart and leaves the viewer a changed person for having seen it. It is, in a word, effective.”

Irving Penn

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Happy New Year!

At the beginning of the New Year it’s easy to have lots of good intentions for the coming year, and it’s easy to allow them to slide pretty quickly.

As a professional photographer, running your own business, it’s important to take the time to refocus on where you’re going and what you want to achieve in the coming year.

Here are some top tips for staying focused in the year to come.

  • Set goals.

Thinking about what you want to achieve in 1 year, 3 years, 5 years, even 10 year’s time can help you figure out what you need to do now in order to get there.

  • Add milestones.

Having achievable milestones can help you feel that you are working towards achieving your bigger goal.  Set yourself small markers that will help you know that you’re on the way to achieving what you want.  Perhaps it’s a number of clients, or having a number of weddings booked for the year ahead that will help you know that you’re on your way.

  • Take Action

Take Massive Action – Make a Massive Action Plan. Like writing a business plan, writing a Massive Action Plan can help you stay focused on what you’re doing, on what you need to achieve, by when; and unlike a Business Plan, can give you that emotional connection and drive to achieve what it is that you want to achieve.

  • Don’t give up

Get used to the fact that the process of carrying out the day to day tasks may be boring.  You’re a photographer, maybe you don’t love doing your accounts, or advertising yourself, but in order to make your business work, you need to get used to, and learn to enjoy the tasks that keep everything else going.

  • Start now

The sooner you start doing something, even the smallest start means that you’re a little bit closer to achieving your goal.

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Goal Setting for Photographers

It’s important to write down your goals, and keep them somewhere you can look back on them regularly to see if you’re going in the right direction.

There is a suggestion that those who write down their goals are more likely to achieve them. 

Focus on the positive, focus on the things that you do want, rather than the things you don’t want. There’s also a suggestion that thinking about the things that you don’t want to happen, will send you there anyway.

What do you want to achieve with your business?  Do you want to be the leading high school photographer in the area?  Which area? How do you define your success terms?

Specific, Measurable, Agreed, Realistic, Time Bound

Setting goals should be SMART.

There are many definitions to this acronym, but a good one to use here would be:

Specific – Make your goals specific; you need to know what it is that you are going to achieve.

Measurable – Have a method by which you will measure your success. It doesn’t have to be sales turnover, but it could be. How will you know when you’ve achieved your goal?

Agreed – Agreeing it with your business partner will make sure you’re both on the same page, but if you’re your own boss, then writing it down will keep you focused too.

Realistic – You can’t offer all things to all people, so don’t stretch yourself too thin. It’s better to have smaller goals and achieve them, and set a new one, than to never reach something because it’s too ambitious.

Time Bound– Have a time frame in which to work. It’s also better to have set a goal and almost have got there by the deadline, than to have a deadline that’s so far away that you can put it off forever.

Taking action now is the key to successful goal setting. Knowing where you want to go is important as it gives you an idea of where you might begin to take action to get there.

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