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PostPosted: Wed Apr 08, 2009 5:40 pm    Post subject: What are you doing to fill your day? Reply with quote

Does anybody ever get up in the morning and simply ask themselves, "I don't know what to do today?"
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 08, 2009 5:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I always know what to do, but that doesn't mean I do it. Being a procrastinator bites me in the ass at least once a week.

I have three handbags that need to be shot today, but no client to look over my shoulder, so I haven't started yet. I'll end up rushing through it in a few hours.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 08, 2009 6:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My days fluctuate - work, no work - but I always make to-do lists. If I don't have a job, I go through my list which will have marketing ideas, and other basic stuff that needs doing. Then, when I finish, I ask myself, what do I do now? There's only so much promotion you can do and then you have to wait. When I think, now's the time to do some HD backup, etc. my mind drifts and nothing gets done.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 08, 2009 7:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I watch my kids if I don't have a shooting job.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 08, 2009 7:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

On another photo discussion forum, someone wrote this -

> Photographer's Daily To Do List:
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> Read emails
> Answer emails
> Send new emails
> Network on Facebook
> Update my MySpace page
> Network on Linked In
> Network on Plaxo
> Read web forums
> Post on web forums
> Research consumer trends
> Research the next shoot
> Plan the next shoot
> Scout locations for next shoot
> Speak with talent for next shoot
> Add new images to web site
> Write new opinions on blog
> Upload images to blog
> Optimize website for search engines
> Add new links to website
> Add new images to Archive to sell prints
> Keyword images
> Caption images
> Study image sales data
> Retouch photographs
> Scan model's release forms
> Add identifying photos to model's release forms
> Upload model's release form to Stock agency's portal
> Upload low rez images to Stock agency's portal
> Upload high rez images to Stock agency's portal
> Archive photographs
> Find image that you promised to someone
> Retouch image that you promised to someone
> Post images on ftp for download that you promised to someone
> Make prints people requested
> Research web marketing strategies
> Make photo calls to ad agencies to beg for work
> Update email mailing list
> Update postcard mailing list
> Design and layout post card
> Send post card print order
> Buy stamps
> Address and mail post cards
> Send marketing emails
> Plan to teach photo seminar to supplement income
> Market photo seminar
> Teach photo seminar
> Speak to client about possible photo assignment
> Research possible photo assignment
> Create estimate for possible photo assignment
> Send invoices
> Pay invoices
> Research new available equipment
> Find out why camera is not working properly
> Order new strobe lamps
> Test new camera that just arrived
> Learn how to use the new camera that just arrived
> Repair cameras and equipment
> Sell old cameras and equipment on ebay
> Update new software on computer
> Update new software on laptop
> Learn new Photoshop techniques
> Learn new web gallery techniques
> Learn new Lightroom functionality
> Learn new proprietary camera software
> Read about new computers you should buy
> Read about new software you should buy
> Fix broken computer
> Buy more data storage
> Update Digital Asset Management system
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> Relax and think creative thoughts
> Take photographs

Now, if I followed this plan, I'd be a little more productive.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 08, 2009 11:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice list. Complete fantasy to believe that anyone is good at all of those things and that's how there time would be well spent.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2009 12:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree, but when I get that "deer in the headlights" look and I'm not sure what to do next, I look at this list and pick something.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2009 10:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ya know.... I think this is a great topic. It's a topic that separates many of those who succeed from those who don't. If you can do positive things in your down time, them you will succeed, no matter how much you suck as a photographer. I truly believe that. There's even a market for terrible photography and if you market properly to that market, you'll be fine.

I believe you have three priorities...

1. Do a great job on every shoot, hopefully without stepping on any toes.

2. If you're not shooting, your marketing. (KIT emails, promo emails, updating web page, a little Linkedin)

3. If you can't market any more because you have nothing new to show people, you need to "test" so you DO have something new to show. (then repeat step two) TEST! If you wait for clients to give you portfolio pieces (promo images), you'll die with the same quality portfolio you have now. A good portfolio piece is more valuable than a one-day job, in my opinion.

Oh ya, don't forget to invoice, but only do that when you're done marketing.

All that filing and stuff is a total waste of valuable marketing time.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 10, 2009 1:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree with the food dude, one thing I do is write down the next four weeks Monday date on a wipe off board under a heading of " Book Weekly Shoot" and put a red or green dot next to it. Be it a job or test, try to have something every week. Came up with that on one of my depressed A.D.D. days which is way less now cause when your doing you ain't mind screwing, ya know?


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 10, 2009 3:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

When I took some businesses courses back in Jan 2002, the instructor made sure to point out (to everybody in class) that we're not in the "fill-in-the-blank" business. We are in the "relationship" business. This ties in with what the food dude said about terrible photographers. They know how to build relationships with the right people/clients.

I make a list every-night for the next day. Some items are routine, some aren't. Some are projects that carry over for period of time. With so many distractions, I just don't want to forget. Inevitably I get discouraged at times, that's when I do more "filing".
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