My Essentials For Working From Home: Part 3

My Essentials For Working From Home: Part 3

  • May 19, 2015

Whenever I am editing wedding photographs or designing albums, I love listening to podcasts. They help me focus and get work done faster! It’s one of the reasons I love to edit photographs – I get to learn from some really wise and inspiring people while I work.

If I’m editing photographs or designing albums, I listen to either my favourite podcasts I’m subscribed to in iTunes or Spotify playlists. However, when I need to write emails or blog posts, I listen to either a lyrics-free playlist on Spotify, or simply switch on my noise cancelling headphones on, and listen to nothing!

I used to listen/watch videos on the side of my computer, but anything visual was way too distracting for me. I also ban myself from YouTube when I work, it’s the quickest way to kiss my day goodbye!

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Here are a few of my favourite podcasts at the moment:

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My Essentials For Working From Home: Part 2

My Essentials for Working from Home: Part 2

  • May 19, 2015

One of the many beauties of working from home is that the space is your own. You can decorate it exactly how you like, and make it a place you’re excited to work from! For me, there are some simple necessities I have in my day that keep me excited about my work, and make my workspace a welcoming one.

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My Essentials For Working From Home. Part 1.

My essentials for working from home. Part 1.

  • May 19, 2015

I LOVE working from home! Now, a little disclaimer: I have only worked in an office situation when I had part time jobs through Uni (for a graphic design print agency + at the University of Auckland as their assistant photographer), so I haven’t properly experienced the 9-5 job, year in, year out. But even on the days where I long for work colleagues, I hope nothing will ever take me away from working at home! When we first moved to Melbourne, I worked from the corner of our living room, for a year and a half. It certainly wasn’t without it’s challenges, but was actually completely doable. At the moment, I’m blessed have a separate office space at home, I’m so thankful to now be able to close the door at the end of a workday.

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Do You Need To Go To University To Be A Photographer?

Do you need to go to University to be a photographer?

  • May 19, 2015

I believe the short answer is no.

I studied Graphic Design at University, it was only in my last year that I swapped my elective from Advertising to Photography. To be completely honest, I didn’t learn much in that photography class. This was in 2007, so digital cameras were around, but not as accessible as today. We spent a lot of time on thinking about concepts for photography projects, and not much time on the practical aspects of how to actually use your camera, or how to make a living in photography.

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Are You On Snapchat?

Are You On Snapchat?

  • May 19, 2015

Have you heard on Snapchat? At first, I thought it was just for random selfies, and funny photos to friends... but since I've been using…

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Pin With Purpose On Pinterest

Pin With Purpose On Pinterest

  • May 19, 2015

To be honest, I have a love-hate relationship with Pinterest! I absolutely love finding endless inspiration on any topic under the sun, and I love the ability to organise your pins into different boards. It’s an amazing tool, when used correctly. If I don’t use Pinterest with a purpose, it’s can be a huge time suck! It’s a bit like turning into Alice down the rabbit hole of Wonderland. One minute you are searching for inspiration for a recipe, and suddenly an hour (or 3) later you’re looking at beautiful houses and holiday destinations, and wonder where that time went!

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Turnaround Weddings In Under One Week

Turnaround Weddings In Under One Week

  • May 19, 2015

I LOVE my job (can I even call it that?) as a wedding photographer. However, many people don’t realise the huge amount of computer time required, after the wedding has been photographed. I’m embarrassed to admit, before I had systems to streamline my wedding post-production, I’d leave my un-edited weddings sitting on hard drives for weeks! I’d photograph more weddings in between, and suddenly be left with 5 weddings to edit – which was super overwhelming! Working this way not only stressed me out, but was completely unprofessional, unfair to my couples, and ultimately not the way I wanted to be running my business.

I had tried a few workflow systems in the past, but just last year I have found a system that works for me. I can completely finish my wedding post production (including an album design) in less than a week, my office hours are generally 9am – 6pm. My couples get their images faster, I usually have at least one day off, which leaves me recharged creatively, ready to give my absolute best to the next couple I am blessed to photograph.

Here’s how I do it (based on a Saturday wedding):

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