Slowing down? Yes, this is one of the things i had to learn early in running my photography business. We work hard marketing and promoting our business and working to get clients. Once we get a new client we work through the contract and scheduling, make suggestions about outfits and shoot locations etc.. If you think about it, there is a lot of prep work before the actual client sessions. Depending on how many clients you are working with at a given time, it can sometimes be overwhelming. This often tends to lead to rushing through the client sessions, often without realizing it. This is where you have to slow down! This is when your time with you clients is the most important and where you want to spend quality time producing your best work. In the beginning i was so excited with all i wanted to do i would rush through the sessions and would end up with time left over at the end without any idea of what to do. My work wasn't my best and I knew why but I had to really work to continue with what i have planned for the session. I had to learn to slow down and let the shoot evolve, while also maintaining the overall theme of what i had planned. The client would relax and the sessions became a lot more fun and a lot more productive with amazing results. Slowing down has carried over into all aspects of my business and work has become a lot more fun and hopefully my clients have noticed the difference.
Have any of you ever had a similar time in your careers where this was the case? If so, please share how you learned to slow down.