Would you like some sneak peek behind the scene? What do photographers do when they are not taking pictures?
I cannot talk about all photographers but for me the "active" part of capturing images takes only about 5%-10% of my total time that I spend with each client.
Can you imagine? If your photo session was about 2-3 hours, I would spend about 30 hours (!) on things that are related to your photo session but not necessary a part of it.
These things include
1. Our communication (phone calls, emails and meetings in person)
2. Finding and/or setting up a location that is right for your particular needs (setting up a studio and looking for right color/texture of backdrops, chairs, setting up the light; or, like for this photo, finding a natural location that would not be muddy in March, would be within a few minutes from the office, would have even shade to avoid harsh lighting, and would have some ever green trees to create spring/summer look to seamlessly blend these photos with other ones on company's website.
3. Travel time to our meetings and photo session
4. Photos selection (there are a lot of photos even for a simple head-shot session like this one. If the contract assumes delivery of 10+ photos, I select them myself but if there is only one photo per person, I prefer to choose together to make sure that the client really likes it).
5. Post processing/retouching usually usually takes more time than anything. It includes removing extra things that are not meant to be part of the photo, doing minor touch ups (for example, removing a few hairs crossing your face or that acne that you got this morning, right before the photo session), light and shadows correction, etc.
6. Photos resizing and delivery (so, you would have appropriate size (means it wouldn't take you 30 mins to upload a single photo) to share with your friends on Facebook and another folder with high resolution images that you can print on a huge canvas (for family photos usually) and hang in your living room.
7. There are also things like tea (for cold days) and water (for hot days) that I take for my clients but I always forget to track this time, so it is not part of this calculation
Is it what you expected? Did you know about all this "behind the scenes” work? Is it similar to what you do in your industry/work? Share in comments below, so, all of us can learn about each other's field!