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August 7, 2015

The Open Book Club: What Do You Do During the Week?

This post actually isn’t only for photographers, it’s for anyone who has ever been curious about this question:

“What do you do during the week when you’re not shooting a wedding?”

I get asked this questions ALL. THE. TIME. Especially since going full time with my photography business earlier this spring, I think people are curious as to what goes on during the week when I’m not actually shooting!

This week I feel like has been a pretty typical week (even though every week is SO different) this is about as “normal” as it gets! So I’ve taken note as to what my days have looked like and today I want to give you an inside look to what I spend my time doing during the week! I can see how it would be easy to think that I only work 1 day a week and have the week days off! As a business owner, I do make my own hours but it’s more about choosing which 10-12 hours a day I work :) So without further ado, the life of one full week of a wedding photographer:

Saturday, August 1

7:00am – Lots of Coffee, Breakfast Sandwiches & Getting Ready
(Side Note: I realize after I’m completely dressed that my skirt has a tear in the seam, so quick sewing job! …. Also, don’t know how to sew so it got a bit sketchy)

8:00am – Hit the Road for Hebron, NH

11:30am – Arrive at Wedding Venue

12:00-10:00pm – Liz & Kevin’s Wedding!

10:00-Midnight – Uploading photos from the wedding


Sunday, August 2

Morning: Somehow choose an early favorite to post as a sneak peek from the wedding! Then spend the rest of the morning by the lake with family

2:45pm – Travel to Engagement Session in Meredith, NH

4:00-6:30pm – Engagement Session with Taylor & Bill on Lake Winnipesaukee

10:00pm – Arrive back home in Burlington, VT

Monday, August 3

7:15am – Kickboxing Class & Smoothie Date with a friend

Morning – My work week starts with my Words of the Weekend blog post (select & edit several photos from each session from the week, write post, share on social media) & back-up all files from this weekend on extra external hard drive

Lunchtime – Responding to Emails from the Weekend

Afternoon – Culling (selecting photos to edit from all the photos I took) & Editing an Anniversary Party from July

Evening – Let’s be real… When have I had time to grocery shop?! Take Out for Dinner in front of Bachelor in Paradise! … And the editing continues

Tuesday, August 4

Day Off From Photography: Errands, Cleaning & Laundry during the day, a Zumba class with friends, and dinner at home (a real dinner this time, not takeout).

Wednesday, August 5

6:45am – Blog Prep for our Quebec City blog post (editing images, exporting photos, writing post) with coffee & the Today show on in the background

9:00-10:30am – Emails. Emails. Emails.

10:30-3:00 – Culling & Editing for 08/01 Wedding

3:00-4:00pm – Phone Meeting with September Bride

4:00-5:30 – Editing

5:30-9:00 – Dinner with a Friend

9:00-11:00pm – Final Edits & Exports for 08/01 Wedding… Getting it ready for the blog tomorrow!


Thursday, August 6

6:45am – Prepping Liz & Kevin’s Blog Post (pairing images together, writing post, uploading images)

9:00am – Phone Meeting with this weekend’s wedding planner

10:30am – Liz & Kevin’s wedding blog post goes live, share on social media

11:30-1:00 – Create Day Of Timeline & Photo Checklists for 08/08 Wedding

1:00-2:00pm – Prep Equipment, Charge Batteries, Clear Memory Cards

Afternoon & Evening: A little R&R before a trip to NY for this weekend’s wedding! Beach time!


Friday, August 7

Travel Day!

Morning & Afternoon: Travel to Long Island, NY for Dana & Luke’s Wedding

Evening: Photograph Rehearsal Dinner

Saturday, August 8

Morning: Probably spent uploading photos from the night before & eating a hearty breakfast for long day ahead!

Afternoon & Evening: Dana & Luke’s Wedding at Land’s End in Sayville, NY

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Phew! There it is… a week in the life of KRP :) Hope everyone has a great weekend!

  1. Meghan Basinger

    August 26th, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    That sounds super busy! But the busy weeks are the happiest weeks in my opinion! Gorgeous photos, too!

  2. Ashley Mac

    August 26th, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    I loved this blog post- very insightful and love the photos that go along with the blog! :)

  3. Liz Cook

    August 26th, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    I love that you called this the Open Book Club… :) :) Thanks for sharing – it’s awesome to know I’m not the only one with a super packed schedule! I admire that you still make time for the gym! Haha. :)

  4. Allison Barnhill

    August 26th, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    Love seeing how other creatives spend their days. Thanks for the glimpse!

  5. Nevica Vazquez

    August 26th, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    Love this post! I have it written down on my blog topic list for posts I want to write in the future. I love learning about other boss ladies’ routines! And love the name of this series! Super clever :)

  6. Katharyne Dunn

    August 26th, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    This is awesome!!! I just quit my full time job and am trying to find a routine that works for me and I love how you’ve shared this with other creatives AND clients! Might need to add this topic to my list!

  7. Holly Von Lanken

    August 26th, 2015 at 6:21 pm

    Such a good idea! I might need to try this :) Also, such a true question that people outside of the creative industry ask.

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