Head to the studio
Turn off the snooze button, pour yourself a cup of coffee or tea and head into your studio! Some photographers use a room in their house, a purpose-built outbuilding, or hire a full studio in the city to turn into their workspace. A studio can serve as a storage space for important equipment, a workshop for maintenance, a shoot location for portraits, food or commercial photography and an editing suite all in one. Some even have kitchenettes for those well-earned tea breaks and work lunches. Second-home? Perhaps!
Bookings & admin
A Non-Shoot Day is a perfect time to keep on top of your creative business administration. Liaising with clients, offering quotes, sending and processing invoices. Photography is a business after all, which is why we run specialised courses that cover all the intricacies that help your studio run smoothly. Learning how to put together a professional portfolio, negotiate your costs with clients and present your sales pitch.
As well as ongoing business, great photographers are always getting their work into the world. Updating your portfolio, email marketing and managing your social media presence keeps clients up to date with the high quality of your work, as well as engaging potential new customers. Some photographers even have a Youtube channel, giving others an inside view of their studio life, connecting with photography fans.
In preparation for shoot days, there can be a lot of planning to do. Clients will sometimes come with a description of what they are looking for, other times they will leave you to come up with a creative campaign for them.
This means you will spend some time scouting locations, planning equipment lists, organising shoot schedules, experimenting with palettes and styles, consulting with makeup, hair or artistic stylists and much more. No two shoots are the same! So it’s in the interests of photographers to keep learning and expanding their skills.
After a shoot, Non-Shoot Days can be used to start sorting through all the photographs taken on the shoot. Using the client brief, you will begin to select and edit final choices to send to your customer for approval, using your skills in software such as photoshop and lightroom. These finished shots may stay on the web, be ordered for print or even become a portrait! Being able to convert and process RAW files is a key part of professional photography, to give your best shots their new life.