1 – Spend less time in front of your computer screen
Night owl is a term I know all too well. Just a few more photos. Just one more adjustment. Just one more quick edit. How about just a decent night’s sleep? I get it, you want to go above and beyond for your clients, and that’s amazing, but how can you pour a little bit into everyone else’s cup if yours is always empty? Running your own business is challenging, trust me. It takes a lot of your energy and your time.
As someone who has worked for many corporations, including Weight Watcher, AccuWeather, and Bath & Body Works, I know that a good manager delegates work. You can’t possibly do it all, and that is okay. Let me say that again for all the people in the back; you can’t do it all, and that is okay. You did the hard work of client relations, showing up and capturing the important moments. Take some time back for yourself and your family; go live your life instead of cycling from the camera screen to the computer screen.
2 – Your photos will have a better consistency
Have imposter syndrome? Haha – SAME. No, but really, after you’ve spent 10 hours on your feet capturing thousands of photos of a once-in-a-lifetime event, you import the photos, and you’re culling and editing, but you’re going back and forth on edits and moments because you are not sure of XYZ, and you need to double-check 12345 and 6. Or you are going back and forth on edits because when you were there, that decor looked blue, but now in this photo, it looks too green or too magenta. Perhaps you don’t know if they will zoom in x1600 like you and notice that one group of pixels just doesn’t look right in the first photo, but they look fine in the following picture, and if they see this, they will know it’s not perfect and…
I know you are worried about your work not being good enough. I promise you, it is. Going over your work over and over again can drive your anxiety wild. Having fresh eyes on your work can add to your galleries’ consistency. Another pair of eyes, without the bias of being there in the moment, can do wonders for culling, too. Your clients don’t need 20 photos of similar facial expressions; I promise they do not. Giving your clients more cohesive and consistent galleries elevates your business, too, which you will have more time for because you’ve hired an editor.
3 – Your clients will get their photos back quicker
Maybe you are juggling being a photographer with being a full-time parent, a nurse, or a teacher, or you have many other things going on in your life. Your clients paid you to take their photos, not edit them. It is still your style and your work. Instead of carving out time over weeks and weeks to finish your client galleries, you can rest knowing that in just a few days, you’ll have a gallery back, fully edited, that your clients can have much sooner. I know that contract says 4-6 weeks because when juggling all of life’s responsibilities and little surprises, it takes about that long to edit 800-1200 photos. As a private photo editor, my sole responsibility is editing your photos. Stop missing deadlines and build better relationships with your clients and future clients.
If you're new here, then let me welcome you to my blog! I am Taliya Michelle owner of TM Grey Photo. I am a New Jersey based Wedding & Portrait photographer as well as a Private Photo Editor. I of course serve New Jersey couples, but I travel to Connecticut, New York, Eastern Pennsylvania, and wherever happy couples need their love stories told.
This is a place where I can journal about my lovely clients, what's going in my world, and of course give tips to all the future spouses and photographers alike. Be sure to check my instagram for the latest!