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5 Working From Home Tips For Photographers

For those considering making working from home a permanent thing, here are a few tips to help photographers get their home-working environment right.

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5 Working From Home Tips for Photographers

 

It's now well over a year since the Covid-19 pandemic began and with photoshoots and sessions coming to a halt, many photographers have felt the impact of the virus on their business. Studios were temporarily closed, bookings were cancelled and we were all told to work from home. Slowly, we are getting back to some sort of normality but with many of us still working from home or considering making it a permanent move, here are a few tips that might help the transition a little bit easier. 

 

1. Setting Up A Home Studio

Putting aside the costs of setting up a home studio (that's an entirely different topic in itself), the main issue with working from home is separating daily life. A home photography set-up can have backgrounds, several lights, tripod, props... the list goes on so finding a way you can set up a home-working studio within the space you live in can be tricky. If you can, it's best to have a designated space in your home in which you can set up a home studio as that way, you can shut it away from every day like when your working day is finished. Otherwise, your work/life balance may become off-kilter and, having a dedicated space for work will also ensure you quickly enter the working mindset as opposed to just been at home which will always help improve productivity. For more tips on setting up a home studio, have a read of this: How Much Space Do You Need For Studio/Home Photography?  

 

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2. Be Prepared For Change

As we've all come to realise over the last 16 or so months, situations can change rapidly and the world's economy as well as our own have been affected. Unfortunately, photography was classed as a non-essential business in some countries which meant some photographers had to stop working altogether. Hopefully, we won't have to hit the pause button again but as part of the service industry, if lockdown rules came back into place photography businesses may not be exempt again. Be prepared to reschedule sessions and you could also see a change in demand so try to decrease unnecessary expenses and keep things like new kit purchases to a minimum to save on budget. 

 

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3. Take This Opportunity To Improve Your Skills

When times are quieter, don't panic, get busy! Use the opportunity to improve your current skills through an online course, gain inspiration from others or how about trying out some new ideas you usually don't have time for? Reading up on new lighting ideas or brushing up on your photo editing skills is never a bad thing and well worth your time.  

 

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4. New Working Habits

Face-to-face contact is something we've been encouraged to keep to a minimum during the Covid-19 pandemic so when you do start working with clients again, be mindful of the changes that have occurred and try to adhere to them where possible. This could mean wearing a mask in the studio when you're behind the camera and as the virus can spread through contact infection, physical contact needs to be kept to a minimum. Also, you should be mindful of what you and your clients are touching during the sessions, disinfect your equipment and wash your hands frequently.

 

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5. Communicate And Share

To suddenly start working from home can be daunting and even a little lonely for some so do pick up the phone rather than just sending an email or text and set up video chats so you can actually see other people's faces. Communication is always key to success and this is even truer now so do talk to your clients, partners and suppliers regularly. 

To-do lists can stop situations from feeling overwhelming and taking the time to pause and really think about how you're going to deal with assignments in these changing times will help. We also have a great community who are friendly and happy to help so do remember you can always reach out for someone to help you when it's needed. 

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