Autumn is officially here and for the past few months you have spent weekends shooting weddings and weekdays editing, doing admin, keeping up with social media etc… It is normal that as the end of the wedding season approaches, that you start feeling fatigued.
Clearly, this is not the case for every wedding photographer, but if you find yourself feeling burned out and lacking motivation for the upcoming weddings, keep on reading.
Here are a few tips to help guide you through the homestretch of the wedding season:
1. Focus on time-management
Be very strategic when it comes to how you schedule your to-dos. Make sure that you tackle your top priorities first before moving on to other tasks. And be very realistic with the deadlines that you need to meet. Also set reasonable time-slots for your daily tasks, like answering emails.
Although you may have a lot on your plate, ensure that you plan in breaks. Remember that working yourself to the ground is not productive.
Whenever possible, try to do focused work with minimal distractions. Recognize that multi- tasking does not result in being efficient.
2. Take care of your physical and mental well-being
Self-care is critical as a wedding photographer. Don’t disregard the importance of eating healthy, exercising regularly and resting adequately.
Meal planning and meal prepping is a great way to ensure that you are getting the necessary nourishment during the week. And exercising doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to go to the gym. Even just taking a short walk outside and breathing in some fresh air can work wonders for your body and mind. And lastly, getting enough sleep, especially the day before a wedding, will help you feel more energized and ready to take on the day!
3. Keep delivering an amazing experience to your clients
It is important to keep in mind that your clients trusted and invested in you to capture their very special day. They have spent months planning their wedding and deserve that you serve them to the very best of your abilities.
Let this fact be the motivation that you need to do what it takes to deliver on your promise to your clients. It is such a privilege to be a part of such an intimate day, make sure that you honour that. Treat your clients well every time.
To wrap up, in order for history not to repeat itself, figure out what you can do better next year. Take time during the quiet season to assess the situation and make improvements accordingly.
For example, how can you improve your workflow? Are there aspects of your business that you can outsource? And so on…
By Aida and Tim
(www.aidaandtim.com / @aidaandtim)