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Are you a Weekend Warrior?

2013-08-08 23:13:00 GMT

Who would you call a weekend warrior?

There has been a lot of negativity from those who think the weekend warrior is a guy with a nice camera, who is charging pennies to do shoots, and “stealing work away from the real photographers”. But we are going to set those people straight!

Not everyone can be a professional photographer, and for many photography is just a hobby. A hobby for those who have full-time jobs, families, and other commitments that fill their day-to-day schedules, but still enjoy getting out there and taking great photos. And if they happen to get paid a small amount of money for their skills, so what? We call these people the weekend warriors.

How about those budding pro’s? The guys who are looking to build their portfolio and start a new business of their own. They too could be considered weekend warriors. And this post is mostly for them.

Here are a few simple suggestions to help you keep a balanced work/life schedule at the same time as growing your photography skills:

1. Make a schedule. Often times when people are starting out in a new business venture they still have to work a full-time job to keep the income flowing. So, the only available time for you to work on your photography is during your “off-time”. Use this time wisely!

Use your Saturday as a “work” day, by work we mean use this time to actually be out there shooting. Either have some friends or family join you and have some fun experimenting and shooting them, or if you are lucky enough to have people coming to you asking you to shoot an event for them, only accept Saturday gigs (until you have a steady amount of requests coming in). During the week set aside an hour or two (and only an hour or two!) after dinner to get some editing done. This should leave you with some down time during the week. Because we all know how easily your life can become consumed with work. 9-5, Monday to Friday, come home and edit until the wee hours of the morning, only to wake up and do it all over again? No thanks.

2. Have an end goal. Now that you are sticking to your strict schedule, you’ll have a clearer mind to help you toward success. Make goals, and lots of them! Daily, weekly, monthly, whatever it takes. This will help keep you on track with your limited time and maximum potential.

3. Know your worth. Lets say you are one of the lucky weekend warriors that has a few paid gigs. Know what you’re worth! When you are just starting out, often its friends or friends of friends who come to you with an opportunity to do a shoot for them. Often they are wanting it done for free or at a very discounted rate. Just make sure you calculate how much equipment is needed, transportation costs, and all your time in post production. There is no set dollar amount we can suggest, but know what your photography is worth to you and make sure the results show that it was worth every penny. Remember, when you are just starting out, you may have to do a few free shoots, but this is a chance for you to try something new, and discover your own unique style.

4. Celebrate your successes. After a few weeks of editing and you finally get to see your subjects response to your photos, you will feel so much joy! Give yourself a pat on the back, treat yourself to something awesome and don’t forget to give yourself the credit you deserve.