So you want to be a professional portrait or wedding photographer.
The questions is, where do you start? Am I right?
Based on our own experience and a little help from our industry friends, I’ve compiled this list to get you started on your journey. It’s not comprehensive by any means, but it will help you begin.
Maybe you’re putting up your very first website.
Maybe you’ve had a website for a long time and it’s in desperate need of updating.
It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been doing photography; the question of which images to put in your galleries is always a hard one. And when I say hard, I mean staring at your computer until your eyes bleed, agonizing over whether each image should stay or go and never quite sure you’re doing this right kind of hard. Am I right?
Well, there are a few things we do to help us get through that and that’s what I want to talk with you about today. Then you can use these techniques to plow through your gallery selection with great success and move on to other more important things, like eating or sleeping, which I’m sure you’ve been neglecting while agonizing over your galleries. Or is that typically just me?
You’ve just finished a photo shoot and you get home and download the cards. It was the Jones family. So you create a folder and cleverly title it:
“Jones Family Portrait”
But after a few months go by the Jones’ give you a call and ask if they can get a large canvas.
You go to get the image they requested… and your heart sinks.
Where is it?
Some of your folders have dates. Some of them are names. Some have names first, others have dates first. Some utilize an odd looking system of numbers and letters that seemed like a clever idea at the time; but you forgot about it and now it no longer makes any sense.
Aha! Jones Family.
You’ve found it.
…But wait, there’s only a copy of a contract in this folder and some RAW files. Where did the finished files go?
We’ve been there.
Between weddings and portraits, we have photographed literally hundreds of sessions. All of those have resulted in millions of files.
Millions. Of. Files.
How on earth do we keep track of all of that? How does any wedding or portrait photographer keep track of all that? How about keeping our computers running smoothly? What about hard drive space filling up?
I’m going to share the ins and outs of our file management system that can solve all of these problems for you.