Partying like a rock-star? Or, bummed out and bogged down?

Let’s face it, the requirements to “make it” as a professional photographer in this
digital age are not for the faint of heart.  And, for those of you who understand this,
you are also familiar with the difference between your family/friend/customer
perception of what you do, and the REALITY of what you do!

Take a look at this fascinating graph and blog post provided by International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers.

The Perception
“How some people think wedding photographers spend their time (and how some
photographers WISHED they could spend their time):”

The Reality
How wedding photographers REALLY spend their time:

Thanks ISPWP!  That about sums up all of the countless hours of conversations us photographers are having with friends and family about how we are WAY over worked!!!

Here is FACT that no human can deny, and we liken this truth to the computer RAM analogy.
Each of us (and our business) have only so much RAM.  Try and run too many applications at the SAME TIME and you will begin to CRASH.

How much RAM do you have? What if you no longer needed to use your personal/business RAM towards your post production.  What portions of your life and business could benefit from that extra time and energy?  Considering the new and very true dilemma of post production for the professional and passionate digital photographer, this is question worthy of asking…, uh, and answering!

Based on the proposed graph above and several other sources we have included, here are a few items that your business is definitely putting it’s RAM towards:

1.    Marketing
⁃    Brand Development & Collateral Development
⁃    Website design and upkeep
⁃    SEO
⁃    Social Networking (Twitter, Facebook, etc.)
⁃    Blogging

2.    Sales
3.    Pricing Matrix and Strategies
4.    Vendor Relationship Building
5.    Accounting
6.    Consultations
7.    Email
8.    Print fulfillment
9.    Customer Service
10.   Gear upkeep and management
11.   Human resources
12.   Manage your second shooters
13.   Editorial Submissions
14.   Post Production

Oh, and then there are the bare essentials:
– Take photographs
– Eat
– Sleep
– Have friends and hang out occasionally
– Be with your family (wife, husband, children, parents, etc.)

In conclusion.  Only you know what is best for you as a person and your business.  Hopefully this post has helped you some how someway is move forward with succeeding!

The ShootDotEdit Team


  1. Anna Kim

    Great article & much needed reminder! Thanks guys, 🙂

    1. SDE Team

      You betcha Anna!

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