Outsource Editing For Photographers
Outsource Editing For Photographers
As a professional wedding photographer, you aren’t just the creating beautiful images…You are the head accountant, photo editor, blogger, marketer, studio manager, and album designer of your company! We have been there and it can get pretty exhausting after a while fitting into all those roles.
There Must Be a Better Way
If you’ve thought that to yourself, just know that you are not alone! We don’t recommend running your business by yourself, which why we are going to discuss different outsourcing options when it comes to running a photography business! “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”- African Proverb
Advantages of Outsourcing
When your giant to do list minimizes, you have more time to catch up on those zzz’s! Seriously sleep plays an important role in your physical and mental health. It also increases your productivity, improves your memory and decision making J Never under estimate the power of a solid 8 hours.
2. More Time
You will have more time to do things you love to do when you aren’t wearing every hat in your business. You can play with your dog, spend time with your family, take up that underwater basket reading class you’ve had your eye on for a while. You also will have more time for creativity!
3. More Income!
Outsourcing costs money but in return, you get back time and time than you can reallocate towards enriching profit-generating activities or educational opportunities. This includes but isn’t limited to:
· Focusing on Marketing- free time allows you to think of different ways to market your business to reach your ideal client.
· Connecting with Industry Friends- catch up with your fellow photographers and wedding planners you work with.
· Attend Conferences- there are so many incredible photography conferences and workshops to attend. It’s a great way to gain a new perspective, learn a thing or to, and make some new industry friends
Potential Tasks Photographers Can Out Source
1. Editing/ Post-Production
Culling and editing thousands of images takes too long for most photographers. For most wedding photographers takes on average 5-8 hours to cull and edit each wedding. When you outsource your editing, you have all this extra time on your hands- not to mention consistent and beautiful looking edits. You can sign up for our photo editing service here.
2. Studio Management
Studio management software can handle everything from categorizing and sending responses to inquiries, coordinating your schedule (and syncing it with Google calendar), sending booking proposals, reminding clients of their invoices, and auto-sending questionnaires so that you can recap all the information you need to know about their wedding day! This is the second biggest time saver for most photographers. We recommend checking out ShootQ, Pixifi, Tave, or Sprout Studio.
3. Social Media
Social Media services share your blog links to Facebook, post images with relevant hashtags/captions on Instagram, and shares great content on Twitter. Many services will include statistics on best times to post, what to post, and how often. Check out Pixrit.
4. Bookkeeping & Accounting
Keeping your own books is a repetitive job that requires specific knowledge. Going through each item and entering it into Quickbooks, and then handling those numbers is a huge and boring task. Many photographers have accountants that handles all that for them.
We recommend small business owners to perform a self-assessment. It’s important to figure out your personal strengths and weaknesses. Consider the type of person that would complement your skill set. Building a team isn’t going to happen overnight, so be sure to give yourself time and allow yourself to start slowly.
To get started with our wedding photo editing service, you can create an account here.
Photo credit: All images in this blog post by Lukas Griffin.