Learning how to balance my photography and personal life… | Jenna Marshall Photography

 

All those who are photographers will be well aware that photography is not a 9-5 kinda deal. You are always switched on to work. Whether it be emailing in the evenings, editing and watching training videos in to the dead of the night, brainstorming ideas for sessions, blogs and so on. Your mind always wanders to work.

In the beginning I felt I needed to do this to build my business and I do believe if I hadn’t put my all in I would not be at the stage I am now. I gave my business EVERYTHING I had. Now 4 years down the line I am a full time family and newborn baby photographer. My dream job! And as everyone always says to me, “How lovely to be able to work from home!” However, the way I ran my business changed the moment my kids said to me, ” Mum you are always on the computer or your phone.” Ahh, I can’t tell you how much that little comment broke my heart. I NEVER wanted to be one of those parents who work, work and work, leaving no time for their family. Yes I may be here in the house, even next to them, yet I am not present in the moment with them as my attention is fixed to my screens. The whole point of me running my own business was to suit my family needs! Yet their needs were not being met and far too often ignored as I had some emails I needed to send or galleries that needed finishing. So recently I set myself a strict schedule.

Both of my kids are at full time school so I have the time during school hours to work. This is typically what my working week looks like:

Monday 9.15-3pm Session & editing sneak peek and outstanding galleries

               3.15 Get kids & their friend from school

               5pm Turn off email and Facebook notifications

Tuesday 8.50am Reading at daughters school

               9.30-1.30pm Session

               2pm- Edit Sneak Peek & write blog

               3.15 Get kids from school

              5pm Turn off email and Facebook notifications

Wednesday 9.15am Session & Editing sneak peek & outstanding galleries

                   3.15 Get kids from school

                   5pm Turn off email and Facebook notifications

Thursday 9.30-1.30pm Session

                 2pm- Edit Sneak Peek & write blog

                 3.15 Get kids from school

                 5pm Turn off email and Facebook notifications

Friday NO WORK family day

Saturday NO WORK family day

Sunday 11am-1.30pm Editing or mini session while the kids are out with their dad

Sometimes these hours just aren’t practical if I am going through an overly busy patch and have fallen behind in editing, some evenings I do sit and edit but I try to do this when the kids are entertained elsewhere either with their dad or at football/theatre group. I love everything about my job, the clients, the children, the creativity, the flexibility and the whole photography community. However none of this will ever be more important than time with my own two kids.

As photographers we all have different ways of managing our time and businesses. My lovely friend Dawn is a Portrait Photographer specialising in fine art portraiture based in Glasgow, Scotland. I highly recommend taking a look at her latest blog, it is such a good read! CLICK HERE FOR DAWNS BLOG<3

 

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