I think that one thing that separates a professional photographer for a hobbyist is the fact that they run their business professionally, in an organized and efficient manner. Wearing so very many hats as a wedding photographer can be overwhelming if you do not have fine tuned systems in place for staying organized. We have many different methods and ways to stay organized and keep our desks clean and our clients happy and well cared for.
I would like to share one of those simple methods with you today.
Because we travel so much for weddings (local & destination), and because life is busy, we rely on the free service of rememberthemilk.com for our lists. We use it on our desktops & it also syncs with iphone apps (so that you can have your lists with you when you are out & about). Using this (free) program, has kept us very organized, made packing for trips & weddings so much easier and has kept a lot of our thoughts in the same place. I personally use my account for BOTH personal (hence shopping list & Rockwell’s babysitting list) and professional uses.
How it works, is you create Lists. You can see mine below in the grey headers. You can have as many “tasks” as you want, on any one list. And as many lists as you want.
For example, my “camera list”, is EXACTLY what I need to pack for wedding. Every single thing. So, before a wedding, I am not trying to think of what I need…or hoping that I don’t forget anything. It is all right there. I sat down ONCE and made a thorough/complete list and now, it saves me time & thinking. I just quickly print off a copy & cross things off with a pen as they get loaded into my bag/vehicle. It takes the thinking out of it for you.
Same with packing for a Destinaton wedding. Who wants to forget their passport, or the bride’s itinerary, or their camera battery chargers, or their swimsuit? With a thorough list (that you can add to as you think of new things), you never need to stand there and wonder what you are forgetting…… Or have to rethink what to pack. After printing the list, if you see something on the list that you don’t need for that particular trip, just cross it off with your pen & continue on packing.
I hope this blog post has been helpful. We really, honestly have found that using this program we have saved SO much time & SO much stress/panic with packing, remembering, shopping.
** As a side note, this is also a great program for Mom’s (or anyone). You could have your *to clean*, *to organize*, *to take to soccer*, *kid’s lunch ideas*, *birthday plan ideas*, *clothing shopping*, *to talk to teacher about*, etc,etc,etc**
p.s. PHOTOGRAPHERS: Let me know if you find these type of blog posts helpful! thanks!