As a professional photographer, I have the privilege of spending my days capturing moments that tell your story. Whether it’s at a key milestone in your life, such as a birth, to family photos, branding shoots, product photography and everything in-between.
Today, I thought I'd give you a glimpse into what a typical day looks like for me - a day in the studio with me.
The day starts early. After a strong cup of tea, I start by checking my equipment, ensuring the camera and lenses are clean, memory cards are empty and ready, and batteries are fully charged.
I then review the day's schedule and double-check the plan for the shoot, including the your preferred style, any particular poses, props, or themes you have chosen. This involves preparing the props, backdrops, and even outfits that are cleaned or sterilised, ensuring the utmost care and hygiene in my studio.
Mid-Morning: The Photoshoot
The photoshoot typically starts in the mid-morning, but of course if your shoot needs to be in the evening or early morning, I work with you to plan this. Upon arrival, I spend some time making you feel at ease, the session is yours and about making you as comfortable as possible. Patience is key. There’s no a shoot, even if you’ve booked a slot, sometimes things run over - I’m totally flexible to work with you.
During the session, my camera is poised to capture every angle. As an award-winning photographer, it’s not just about capturing the details, but it’s also about bringing your personalities and styling to life. It's such a joy to photograph significant moments for you.
Once the session is over, it’s time for the post-processing stage. This involves uploading the photos, selecting the best shots, and working on them in post-production software. Every image is carefully edited to bring out the best colour, light, and detail, whilst retaining the natural beauty of the newborn. This often takes up a good portion of the afternoon. I aim to get your galleries to you as soon as possible once the photos have been reviewed, selected and edited for you. Delivering on my promise is so important to me.
Evening: Communication and Planning
Towards the end of the day, I focus on client communication and business administration. This includes answering emails, scheduling upcoming sessions, blogging, and even some social media activities to showcase the day's best pictures.
I also spend time speaking with clients who have upcoming sessions, to make sure they’re as comfortable as possible. We discuss the best time to schedule the session, how to prepare, and what to expect. These conversations are crucial in building a rapport with clients and ensuring a smooth session.
As the day winds down, it's time to clean and sanitise the studio, ensuring it's ready for the next day's session. Finally, I recharge my equipment and myself, ready to create more precious memories the next day. With my own family to take care of, I make sure I’m there for dinner time with the kids. I also squeeze in the school run, but if I’m at a shoot, my family is there to help out.
Being a photographer is both a rewarding and demanding job. It requires a delicate balance of technical skills, creativity, patience, and a love for every step of the process. At the end of the day, the opportunity to document who you are, capture memories or tell your brand story is truly priceless.
That's a peek into my day as a photographer. It's not just about snapping pictures; it's about creating an experience, a memory, a story that will be remembered long after the shoot is over. Until next time, continue making those precious memories that you can look back on fondly.