If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll remember that I chatted about this in my stories over the weekend. As a client, you’re probably wondering: what does it mean when a Boston family photographer says they are ‘fully booked’? Why can’t they squeeze one more session in for me? Surely they aren’t photographing families every single evening?
The answer to this question varies for every family photographer. Factors that determine what ‘fully booked’ means for each individual might include: childcare needs, editing process, length of sessions, weather and more.
A major part of owning one’s own business is figuring out what your “magic number” of clients is. Without finding that magic number you can either feel totally overwhelmed, or conversely, not be profitable/busy enough to stay in business.
Lot’s of people wrongly believe that photography is my side job that I do only for fun while being a stay-at-home Mom. While I do 100% love what I do and have fun, it is a full-time job with a six figure income! Balancing a full-time job while ALSO trying to care for young children can feel impossible. This is why finding the balance is vitally important.
I can only speak for myself on this topic. As I said above, the magic number is different for every business. For me, fully booked means that I have 3 sessions per week, which comes out to 12-14 per month. From the outside, that might seem like a low number. Only working three days a week? Sign me up!
What this really means is that I am working ON LOCATION 3 days per week. On the other days I am doing some of the following tasks:
In the effort of full transparency, I wanted to share what a sample work schedule looks like for me based on last week.
While my schedule may not look like a traditional Monday-Friday 9 to 5 job, it is most certainly a full-time job. My hours and session dates vary by the week, but you can see why three sessions is the maximum I personally can handle. If I didn’t have three kids 6 and under and was able to devote every day from 9 to 5 to the behind-the-scenes tasks, I might be able to take on a couple more per month.
But I also might just enjoy having a little more “me-time” in the evenings. Photographers deserve to have down-time to enjoy family, hobbies, exercise, and chilling with their spouse too!
When all these cups are running on empty, I am not able to create for my clients to the best of my abilities. Thus, my “magic number” and the reason I need to stay firm on saying no once it has been reached!
"To say that I love each one would be cliche and a total understatement, but seriously... She nailed it. Being a photographer myself, I am very picky and searched dozens of photographers before coming back to lyndsay and booking her and I am so glad I did. I can't even remember the last time I hired a photographer and was this in love with the images and unable to pick just a few favorites. Thank you, lyndsay, for making the photo session easy (with 3 kids), fun and providing this mama memories for a lifetime.”
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