Saturday’s and Sunday’s
So my wife Michelle and I are driving home from Costco today and I blurted out “Crap I forgot I need to do a blog post for today”. She says to me “Really, it’s a Saturday.” and it hit me. One thing I wish I would have done from the beginning was take weekends off. This doesn’t really work for wedding Photographers because let’s be real most people get hitched on the weekend. This is one of the biggest reasons I took a hiatus from shooting weddings for a while.
I know that typically when we decide we want to be photographers, we pretty much just cater to the client and work when they have time. Let me shed some light on some of the great things I have learned about working Monday through Friday. Not to mention, when you get used to having weekends off you really begin to hate shooting on the weekends. Sometimes I have to make an exception but I still dread it every time.
For us,a focus on time management is how we are able to run a successful business. Everyone gets burned out in this business and if I can help anyone avoid that, then my life is complete. Ok, not really, but I’ll be one step closer. 🙂 We book sessions daily Monday through Thursday, and we try to take Friday’s off. We reserve our Friday’s for catch up days if needed, and days when a holiday falls during the work week. Or, what happens when you get bad weather and you need to reschedule a shoot but your booked out for the next 4 months? Friday is that saving day instead of Sunday.
Now I know how you all feel. If I tell someone that I don’t work on a Saturday and Sunday then I won’t get anymore business! WRONG. I get that phone call every now and then where the potential client asks can I book a weekend day. I of course always feel it out and say “Saturday’s and Sunday’s are really the only day of the week I see my family, so we try and avoid working those days”. Normally after that they start naming off a couple of days that work during the week with their schedule. I listen closely and respond with one or two of those dates as openings I have as well.
So how does one get to this point? Well I would have to credit confidence to most all of the crazy or hasty decisions I make. Obviously much of what I do is a well calculated risk, but two of the scariest risks (in my little mind) were raising my prices and taking weekends off. Now before you go thinking my life is just peaches and cream, I do struggle turning off the work mode on any day of the week. I try really hard to at least be with my family on the weekends regardless of what frame of mind I am in. I have found that confidence truly is an essential key in this business. A little bit of confidence will go a long way.
How sad to think that I am sitting on my back porch enjoying the beautiful weather on a Saturday evening writing this blog post about taking Saturday’s and Sunday’s off. I know it’s a little backwards, but I just promised myself I would blog every day for 6 months. Realistically I never shut up when people are there to talk to me, so I don’t know why I am worried about the challenge of coming up with blog posts every day.
The long and the short of it is that convincing myself to take Saturday’s and Sunday’s off was something I wish I would have learned early in this business. Though I love what I do so much that I don’t ever want to take days off, it really is refreshing to have some time to just chill and forget about the rat race of day to day work. Now I’m off to go take my wife out for a night on the town with some friends (Which in “married with kids” people language, is dinner with high hopes of a movie or something else fun, but we will be too tired by that point. When did I get so old?) Happy weekend everyone!