A Day in the Life…

I get lots of people asking me what the day to day routine is like for a full time freelance photographer. So, I thought I might share with you the less glamorous side of spending life behind the lens. Today, most of my time will be spent behind the desk. Booooooo!

A hiker watches sunset from the top of Alta Ski Area above Salt Lake City, UT

A hiker watches sunset from the top of Alta Ski Area above Salt Lake City, UT

As I’ve mentioned numerous times in past posts, shooting pictures is the easy part of making a living as a photographer. The hard part lies in promoting/marketing your work and getting all the other “little” things done on a daily/weekly basis that will ultimately put checks in your bank account. Here’s a look at my list of things to do today–and yes I might be a bit delusional thinking this will all be finished before an evening fly fishing shoot…

1. Book appointments for 2009 Fly Fishing Retailer Show

2. Finalize dates with resort partners for 2010 Ski Salt Lake Shootout

3. Create and send out AdamBarkerPhotography August E-letter

4. Burn CD of engagement images for my sister

5. Post this blog entry

6. Send proofs to printer for new fly fishing portfolio

7. Post online gallery/story ideas for Outdoor Photographer

8. Follow up with client “x” for fly fishing catalog shoot

9. Figure out travel logistics for Sept. ski trip to Chile

10. Write blog post for Singh Ray Filters

11. Re-organize web galleries on website

12. Upload new images to “latest images” gallery on website

13. Distribute Fall Foliage Workshop postcards around town

14. Invoice Utah Office of Tourism for 2010 Scenic Calendar image usage

15. Create outline of locations to shoot for instructional DVD shoot (October)

16. Create webinar outline for Gitzo webinar presentation (Sep. 18) on www.bogencafe.us

17. Upload hi-res images for publication in Mountain Sports & Living magazine

And there you have it. The (much) less glamorous side of being a photographer. Still interested???

2 thoughts on “A Day in the Life…

  1. You mean it’s not
    1) Point
    2) Shoot
    3) Roll in the dough?

    I’m so disillusioned 😉

    This is a great reminder for those who might be interested in following your path. As for me, I’ll keep my day job, thank you very much.

    -scoott c

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