When learning how to run a photography business, one of the many
things you will need to figure out is how much time is poured into a
photo shoot for a client. While you will spend a good amount of time
actually shooting photos, there is a lot of time that goes into behind
the scenes work. Figuring out where your time is going will help you
to manage your time well and plan adequately. Here is a breakdown
list of things a project for a client will include.
Correspondence to Clients
Calling or emailing back and forth between clients is one of the
initial ways in which you will be investing time towards a photo
shoot. This time is where you will be setting a date, time, and
location for shooting. You also should use this time to figure out
what your client’s expectations are. Having an understanding of your
client’s needs before going into a photo shoot will help you to reach
their needs effectively.
The most obvious way in which you will be spending time is in your
actual photo shoot session. This will include driving time and
setting up/cleaning up the photo shoot. In order to use this time
well, plan ahead to figure out where you will be shooting and what
kind of shots you want as an end result. Having a clear picture in
mind will help the shoot to progress smoothly and ensure a stress free
time for your client.
Post Processing your photos
Editing can be a very time consuming process for some photographers.
Remember to factor this in when you are figuring out how many hours to
work on a photo shoot for a client. This will differ from
photographer to photographer depending on how heavily you process your
Sending Clients the Final products
Communicate with your client how you will be giving them the finished
images. If you offer prints, make sure your clients are informed how
long the prints will take to develop and give them a time frame for
when they should receive the prints. Even if you are only sending
them a digital copy of the images, let them know approximately when
they will receive the digital copies. This can vary depending on how
much you decide to edit.
Posting to Social Media
Make sure you take the time to market and brand your business through
social media. Posting pictures from a recent photo shoot on Facebook
is a great way to get your images out there. Tagging your clients in
their photos is another way to publicize to their groups of friends.
Watching and monitoring your time as a photographer is a necessary
thing, especially if you are juggling several different shoots in an
allotted time. This post outlined a basic list of ways in which you
will be spending time for a client. There are also many other things
to consider that are crucial to running a business. Managing
finances, organizing and backing up images, marketing, and many other
things will all play important roles in your photography business. As
you keep track of your time you will be able to plan your photo shoots
successfully and manage your time effectively.