Everyone makes mistakes, but you should avoid these 3 at all costs.
After being in the photography world for quite a while, I have had my fair share of failures. Here are 3 mistakes that I made, that you should avoid at all costs! (And their solutions what you should do!)
Looking back, this mistake still makes me cringe. Back when I started my business, being organized and keeping track of all of my clients was really hard. One time, I accidentally double-booked two sessions at the same exact time on the same exact day. I was humiliated. And needless to say, I didn’t have the happiest clients. How did I solve this mistake?
Solution– Honeybook. After double-booking those clients, I promised I would never double-book again. Then came Honeybook. This client management system organizes my clients and enables me to send out invoices, contracts, brochures, and the list goes on and on. It is seriously a game-changer! If you want to see my review and all that it does, click here. Otherwise, for $200 OFF your first year and a free trial, click the link HERE!
When you first start your photography business, you try to learn what kind of style you are. Am I bright and airy? Light and airy? Dark and moody? Just moody? The options are endless. On that same note, it’s very easy to go onto Etsy and buy presets to see what style you really are.
Here is the truth, friend. Don’t make the same mistake I did. You don’t need to buy a ton of presets off of Etsy to see what your style is. You also don’t need to buy $100 presets to find out it isn’t your style. Here is what you do-
Solution- Find some time in your schedule to play around on Lightroom. Grab a few images that have different lighting situations and see what kind of editing feels right to you. And guess what, it’s FREE! After spending SO much money on presets (at least $1000 worth), I realized that I have my own style and don’t need presets.
***If you want your photos to be bright, dreamy and airy, make sure to check out my mini-course! This 20-minute course teaches you everything you need to know about the foundations and advanced editing techniques to edit bright and airy without using presets that your clients will adore! You can check out the link here!***
This is one of the biggest mistakes I made, along with double-booking. Long before I knew what backing up images was, one time I edited a session, delivered the gallery, and erased the images off of my laptop. The problem? The client wasn’t able to download her images before her gallery expired and I erased the images from the online gallery. Even worse? When she asked if I could re-upload the images, I had already formatted my SD card and the images were erased from my laptop and online gallery. All to say, I had one very unhappy client.
Solution- There are actually 2 solutions to this problem.
The first solution- Use Pic-Time. I am such an advocate for Pic-Time. Not only is the layout amazing, but you can upgrade your subscription so that you NEVER have to expire a gallery. Win-win for both you and your client! If you sign up for the paid plan, you will get one month for free! Click the link right here!
The second solution- Back up your images on an external hard drive. In my external, I have a folder designated just for the RAW images, heaven forbid I need to access them after I formatted the images. For more info on which external hard drive I use, click here!
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