i took this photo yesterday... i can't wait to process + post the rest of the shoot!there's your eye candy... but i've found that probably 85% of running a photography business isn't about the pretty pictures, but what goes into making the business run behind a desk. this has lead me to thinking lately about organization + the tools that help me do it. i do not consider myself to be a very naturally organized person. while being very much type B (patient, relaxed, easy-going, + at times lacking an overriding sense of urgency) is great for my more creative endeavors, much of running a full time business lends itself to more type A (ambitious, business-like, controlling, highly competitive, time-conscious, + tightly-wound) personalities. in fact not all that long ago, my sister (more type A) commented that she was surprised that i had become successful at having a business. not that i lacked the creativity to strive for excellence in my photography, but rather that i was able to keep on top of client meetings, deadlines, communication, + logistical details. having once upon a time forgotten about not one, but two client meetings (+ no, i'm not telling who, when, or where) lead me to seriously bring up the slack in the "keeping track of" dept. + thank god there's some really great tools out there for people like me! firstly i have to say that my iphone is a huge help when it comes to keeping it all straight. i put every meeting in my calendar + check it + update it regularly! i keep clients contact info in there too incase i'm running late (anyone who lives in NYC knows that the trains can be very unpredictable) + the address of our meeting spot as i'm often running all over the city to different coffeeshops, bars, etc.
- i take a questionnaire + a moleskin 18 month weekly planner to all my meetings. the questionnaire has all the usual suspect type questions so i can get as many details about the shoot as possible up front. the journal i keep to reference the shoot date + add any personal notes about the job, client, details etc...
- i use the app things as my task management/basic to do list solution. the minute something comes to mind, i punch it in there + check it almost daily.
- i also recently came across teuxdeux which i love for putting my to do's on different days of the week + mapping out what my week's going to look like.
- my rep + i use google calendar notes for coordinating all details + changes to client jobs.
- lastly i also love using mindnode for visually mapping out ideas, collections, creative brainstorms, or client projects.
i'll happily take any other suggestions or tips if you've got them... otherwise i'm back to edits + book keeping!