I read this post on TWITTER the other day and it made me laugh... it was a pie chart comparing (1) what people think the life of a professional photographer is all about to (2) what running a photography business really entails.
The difference was the amusing part…
People think that a photographer’s life is made up of the following:
5% of their time is spent traveling to exotic destinations to work
15% of their time is spend partying like a rockstar
80% of their time is spent on editing and taking photos.
The reality is that we spend way more time with a workload like this:
4% of our time is spent doing maintenance on printers, cameras, tripods and computers
5% of our time is spent focusing on networking (although we are always really doing this)
5% of our time is spent on advertising and marketing
6% of our time is spent processing print orders and doing lab work
9% of our time is spent doing social media and blogging
9% of our time is spend doing bookkeeping and taxes
10% of our time is spent doing album design and production
10% of our time we are communicating with clients
13% of our time is actually taking photos, the thing we all love to do
29% of our time is spent editing photos and uploading them onto the computer.