My first week as a full time photographer was not what I thought it would be.
I knew I had a lot backed up since I was only able to dedicate nights and spare time to photography, but I really didn't know it was that bad. Monday, as I looked at the Terabyte of data in front of me, I had a minor panic attack. You know those 8 GB USB flash drives you still have lying around? I had the equivalent of 125 of those flash drives full of data sitting on my desk waiting to be thoughtfully combed through. Decisions had to be made and I had to go through all of those images and select the best of the best to be edited and delivered to clients.
So that is basically all I have done my first week on the job, review images and clear out an incredible amount of storage space on my SD cards. I really had high hopes for my first week...big dreams of going for runs, making some business planning decisions, and starting to blog again. However, top priority for me became to clear out all the old in order to make room for the new.
I have 4,000 images left to go through before I am completely caught up and I can just taste the freedom! These are mostly personal and travel images and just two recent client galleries, so that makes it much easier. Plus, I am already starting to make a booty indention on my desk chair and it's only been a week and a half, so if peace of mind isn't motivation enough, health is definitely something I need to focus on. I have to get out, exercise, and shoot more now that this is my full time gig, so I am motivated to get these cards wiped clean.
When I wasn't culling through thousands of images though, you know what my first week was like? I didn't have to work at night, so I spent time crocheting or sleeping like an normal old soul-young lady would do. I spent my mornings playing and having breakfast with my son before taking him to school. I met with other creatives and planned for some beautiful upcoming shoots. I accomplished house tasks that have been on the list since we moved in our home in August. I started living, not just pushing through the day, and it was fantastic.
I have a lot to learn and accomplish over these next few weeks as I charge full speed ahead into running this business, so thank you for being a part of the journey!
P.S. If you have a booty indention in your office chair like me, know that better days are ahead.