How to Create a Work-Life Balance as a Busy Photographer

(The Lucidity Workshop - Image by Kami Schill Photography)

The world moves fast, and it’s easy to feel like you’re missing out on all kinds of opportunities. All it takes is an Instagram notification or an email of what other photographers are shooting to make you feel like you’re not doing enough to compete. Maybe you’re not spending enough time honing your craft, or perhaps you should dedicate more time to travel!

The pressure is real for photographers these days. And if you’re like many others, you work from home where your office hours are blurry. Nonetheless, it’s essential not to forget about your personal life as you navigate the challenges of professional photography. After all, your success impacts the well-being of your family, but it works the other way too. Below, BEC shares some practical tips for finding a sweet harmony between your work and personal life!

Keep a Clean Home

It's impossible to maintain any kind of work-life balance without a clean living environment. Take practical steps to reduce stress and fatigue in your household by decluttering your home, even if it means dedicating a couple of hours each weekend. Also, keep healthy food options in the refrigerator and pantry to ensure everyone has nutritious snacks and meals ready to go. You might be surprised by the impact a clean house can have on the lives of you and your family.

Maintain Work Hours

It can be extremely challenging to find balance when you're self-employed. But it's entirely possible as long as you establish firm work hours. Determine your most productive hours of the day and commit to completing your most demanding tasks during those hours.

Also, make sure you leave at least one day during the weekend to spend with your family without thinking about work. And discuss your work hours with everyone in your household to confirm that everyone understands your boundaries so you can stay productive and stick to your schedule.

Include Your Family

As a photographer, you might be familiar with the importance of scouting an area to get a feel for how to capture the best shot. One way to improve work-life balance is to bring your family along when you evaluate a new location. This is an excellent opportunity for your family to experience new places, and you can even allow your kids to help you identify features and objects worth photographing!

Shoot Local

Another way to keep your life and business balanced is to take advantage of local work opportunities. Prioritize shooting country sides, structures, events, and other opportunities above those that require you to travel. This will leave you with more time to spend with your family and on personal interests outside of work without compromising your ability to grow your business.

Don’t Abandon the Plan

You understand how environmental conditions can impact your opportunities for capturing the right photos. But when you have a family and other commitments to consider, you might have small windows of opportunity to go out with your camera, and you must make the most of them. This means you should stick to your plan, even if unfavorable weather or other issues tempt you to postpone. You can often find something to shoot, even on the bad-weather days. And sometimes, you can capture special moments you otherwise would have missed.

Moreover, continually passing on opportunities and failing to stick to your schedule can negatively impact your drive to keep pushing your business forward. The simple act of getting out there to shoot despite imperfect conditions can help you feel productive.

You must consider your personal life as a professional photographer, or you will never find harmony and balance. Keep the tips above in mind as you learn how to prioritize your work and family life, and you'll find a healthy rhythm in no time. Here's to a successful photography business and a more fulfilling life!

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Author: Virginia Cooper

Virginia Cooper is a retired community college instructor. She always encouraged her students to see the real-world value in their education, and now, she wants to spread that message as wide as possible. Her hope is that Learn a Living ( will be a go-to resource for adult learners embarking on starting, continuing, or finishing their education.