digital_AM wrote in post #18491052
All this Disney talk reminded me about planning a Disney Cruise for late 2018/early 2019. My son will be 5 by then and should be a good age to go on the cruise.
On another topic, now I know what you guys that have a side photography business along with your day job go through. It's not been easy balancing both to be honest. This has recently come about over the past month as architecture photography projects have picked up for me. Any advice? I hate turning down projects for the fear that the clients will look for another photographer. I welcome the extra income but there is so little time to shoot for personal enjoyment. Strange place to be in for sure.
There's nothing wrong with being booked up and not being able to accommodate more clients...it means you're in demand, which is good for your reputation. What it really does is encourages people to reach out to you earlier.
If you find yourself consistently overbooked, then its time to look at your pricing, as it means you might be able to basically work less and get paid more. This means you might push some potential clients away on the basis of price, but it also means that you're focusing on a narrower segment of customers who are hiring you on the basis of quality and not cost. I actually stopped shooting for money for a while because I felt overworked and underpaid. I came to realize that a lot of people were hiring me because I was cheap, and that was the brand I had built back when I was starting out and would do anything just to land gigs. I also realized that there are people who are willing to pay for quality, and felt a certain level of confidence in my ability to deliver at that level.....that's when I revamped everything branding wise (focal points) and started charging more.
Very generally though, photography is something you genuinely have to enjoy to do it for money in the long haul...at the very least it has to feel gratifying, because when you factor in how much time is put into a job between shooting, processing, commuting, customer service stuff etc etc, it doesn't pay as well as our 'real' jobs probably do per hour. I think I've hit a nice equilibrium where I'm still having fun, am producing images I'm proud of, am being challenged to grow as a photographer, and getting paid what I think is fair. I'm physically beat sometimes, but am still in high spirits about it. It's a good place to be, but it didn't always feel that way.