This morning I woke up to the sound of thunder and although it may seem odd, I couldn't stop smiling. I love going to sleep and waking up to the sound of a storm. And I love reading while it storms. It's relaxing and peaceful and refreshing. And if we don't get those things, we get burned out. Over the past few months, I have been working on nailing down an effective workflow for wedding post production. A good workflow will help minimize the stress that comes with being a small business owner (or a wife, mom, student, etc,.) and it will allow you to be more productive in other areas. So basically, it is good all the way around.
First, start with your goals...
- Edited photos available in PASS no later than 7 business days after the wedding.
- Blog the engagement/wedding by the following Thursday.
- Order album 7-10 business days (depending on bride's response time) after the wedding.
And then figure out what you need to do to reach those goals...
- Backup everything the night of the wedding.
- Cull the images on Monday morning.
- Edit and export images (by category) from Lightroom on Monday afternoon.
- Touch up my favorites (if needed) on Tuesday.
- Upload all images to PASS on Tuesday.
- Upload Favorites to album gallery in PASS on Tuesday and include special requests.
- Send graphic designer a PASS invite to let her know the images are ready.
- Blogstomp 20-30 images on Tuesday for Thursday's blogpost.
- Create Slideshow on Wednesday using Showit Slideshow.
- Upload images, slideshow and write the story for the blog post on Wednesday.
- Schedule the post to publish on Thursday morning.
- Schedule a facebook post for Thursday morning.
- Send the bride an email on Thursday morning to view the wedding images.
- Send the bride an email Thursday afternoon to view the entire wedding gallery.
- Receive the album design the 7 business days after the wedding.
- Send album design to bride for approval.
- Order album through Leather Craftsmen.
I realize this may sound obvious, but learning how to set manageable goals and figuring out how to reach those goals is definitely something I could have benefited from when I was first starting my business. Set goals and work hard to reach those goals!! It is so worth it!
Happy Friday and I hope this is helpful and encouraging!