So what is important to you?
Obviously photography is pretty high up on the list or you would not be reading this blog. Im wondering what else is important to you…
Is it your husband? Your children? Your friends? Time for yourself? No matter what it is, it is often hard to find time for it. Between shooting, editing, and daily chores we often loose time and we miss out on whats most important.
I wish I had super flower power that could give me extra time in the day to allow me to snuggle with my husband, take care of my seven week old son, get housework done, shoot and edit AND give me some down time… Reality is I dont have super flower power so instead of using a super power I dont have, I have to make that time my self.
During my maternity leave I have spent a lot of time thinking about how I can make money and get enough time to spend time with doing whats important to me. The answer is unbelievably simple, and was suggested by photographer Sandy Puc during a webinar.
I am limiting the amount of clients I photograph-See I told you it was simple! I even though I am limiting the amount of clients I work with I do not plan on making less money, in fact I plan on making more money.
By limiting the amount of clients I will have less shoot time and less edit time, this will achieve my main goal of spending more time with my family and less time in front of the computer. I am dedicating one Saturday and one Sunday every month for photographing my “on location” sessions. Newborn photo sessions will happen during the week and no more than 6 in a month.
I was working so hard before I had my son, I was shooting and editing all the time. When I added up my $$ to see how much I was earning I realized I am not even making minimum wage! I am spending time away from the people I love for no $$, this is crazy! Now admittedly I LOVE photography, and would shoot for free if I could afford to, but the reality is I need those $$, be it for groceries, new equipment, or a fancy pancy new pair of shoes.
The value of what I do is important to me and I do not want to undervalue my self, I do not want to earn minimum wage and I do want to spend time with my family.
It is really reeeeelllly easy to under value yourself. I just had a look around on craigslist, ramstein yard sales and on google at photographers prices. I see so many people under valuing there work and it makes me sad. Each photographer has the right to price how they like. (So often I read blog posts from photographers and hear in webinars that cheap photographers are devaluing and ruining the photography business – I dont believe this is the case, as there is a client base for everyone) But when I see photo sessions for under $100, sometimes under $50 and the photographer is giving edited images on a CD my heart sinks a little. I KNOW it is the photographers choice, but how can they possibly be justifying time a way from their family while out shooting their clients then spending hours infront of a computer editing the pictures? We all know a photo session is more time than an hours shoot and an hours edit, especially if your like me and you spend time to get every blemish corrected in every picture.
DO NOT FORGET
YOU ARE WORTH IT
DO NOT UNDERVALUE YOURSELF
Im in the process of changing things up so I can be happy, it may take a couple of months to fine tune my ideas BUT my family is worth it. I am looking forward to having a couple of weekends free so we can do what we came to Germany to do… travel, spend time with my family and take pictures for FUN!