As I rang in the new year, I decided to make sure I was keeping myself very creative, inspired, and motivated in 2014. Since then I have been shooting almost every single day and staying busy. However, that doesn't mean I can't have my Sundays off still. : )
As I'm typing this, it's Sunday at 4:00pm and I am still in bed, but I've been productive as ever today. I've managed to get a whole set of images edited, posted numerous things on my Facebook business page, networked with other photographers, and now I'm posting on my blog! I want to share my motivation with you guys and make sure you're all staying creative on your Sundays as well.
N O. 1 Catch up on your editing. Come on guys, I don't ever want to hear you complain about editing. Sure, it takes a while, but remember, you could be in some boring corporate office instead. You have the best job EVER. You have the option of laying in bed while editing. Not many other professions allow so much time in bed, so take advantage of it. I know I do. And if you run out of things to edit, open up some old photos and try some new editing techniques. Personally, my favorite thing to do is just screw around in photoshop with tools I'm not familiar with. Trial and error is my favorite way to learn, but you can always search google and youtube for editing tutorials!
NO. 2 Network with other professionals within the industry. This includes just talking to other photographer and models online. Make some new friends and set up days to go create together if you live within a close proximity. I try to collaborate with new people whenever I get the chance. Collaborating will help you and the other person get exposure from each other's pages. Who knows, these people might blow up and be the next big thing and you will have ties with them! And even if that doesn't happen, you might just end up with a really great friend. And you can never have too many friends.
NO. 3 Find inspiration. Inspire yourself to come up with new shoot concepts, or find new poses you can use for your next family session. Yesterday, I shared a blog post that links you to five great websites to find inspiration. Check it out here. I've made Sunday my designated 'inspiration day' so I am ready to take on the rest of the week with a optimistic, creative mindset.
NO. 4 Keep your social media active and relevant. This step also ties in with networking with other professionals. If you don't already have a Facebook business page, Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram, GET ON IT!! I've previously posted about the importance of having these pages here so I won't go too far into it now. Make sure you're updating all of these platforms with your latest work. You never know where your next client will discover you! Don't forget to do some good. Share some of your favorite business pages and compliment others on their success! As a small business owner, I appreciate every single 'like' or 'comment' I receive on my page. I'm sure other small business owners feel the same.
NO. 5 Organize your files. Just recently I got a new Macbook and my 'new computer resolution', as dumb as that sounds, was to keep my new computer organized and clean. I have managed to keep all my images on my hard drive and my computer is running faster than ever! Go check your downloads folder and make sure you're getting rid of any unnecessary junk taking up your precious gigabytes.
I hope this post has inspired some of you to make your Sundays a little more productive. Ever since I decided to live this way I have seen tremendous improvement in my business and life. Remember, hard work pays off! Stay motivated.