This time of year the photographer burn out is real, am I right? Between autumn sessions, Christmas minis and getting everything wrapped up before the big day - phew! It's no wonder we all start to get a bit loopy around this time 😉If we're not careful this can linger well into the new year and have us resenting our cameras... which we definitely don't want. So here we go!
Have Set Hours
As a freelancer, this can seem nearly impossible, especially if you're working from home and constantly reminded of what has to be done. Set normal (not 24 hours!) working times, and hold yourself accountable to stick to them. Treat it as if you were working for an employer and log off to enjoy your evenings.
Staying organised during busy seasons is crucial for your sanity. It can be tempting to forget orders, and just tackle things from every direction but this is how things become lost, forgotten about and all together chaotic! Taking the extra time now to set a schedule, plan things out and even organising your office will benefit you hugely in the long run. Set yourself up for success.
Breaks, breaks and more breaks.. of all kinds! Just like your set hours, it's important to have set breaks during the day and also entire days off during the week (yes I said it!). As photographers it can seem nearly impossible to have a weekend off, but if that's the case why not take Monday entirely off or another day of the week? We all deserve time away from work.
Shoot for Yourself
Sometimes it can be exhausting constantly exceeding other's expectations, so it can be meaningful and really refreshing to take some time out and shoot something for yourself and have some fun.
Shoot in a New Location
As photographers, we tend to settle into a routine and visit the same locations shoot after shoot. Knowing what to expect can work to your advantage, but can also quickly become mundane. Switch things up and visit new places.
Find Photography Friends
Working for yourself can get lonely, especially when it feels like no one else around you understands the stresses of your job or what really goes into it. This is why it's important to have a supportive community and real-life photography friends so that you can share your problems and find encouragement.
Try Something New
From a new mini session set up, to shooting with a prism, free-lensing or editing with new presets spice things up by trying something you've never done before.
Learn to Say No
Hey, we all struggle with this, however, this could be the most significant point of all. It's important to know your boundaries and when to say no to things you either don't align with or don't have time for. Prioritise the things you really want to do, need to do and let the rest fall away that you "should" do to avoid unnecessary stress.
Find Work-Life Balance
Easier said than done right? But the hard things are often the ones worth doing. Finding a work-life balance can really bring perspective to your job and keep you fresh and excited about what you are working on - in fact, it will make you more productive even though it feels like you're working less. Self-care is vital and don't be afraid to put yourself first.
If you're really struggling to make time for yourself and your family it may be time to hire some help. Whether it's just for the season or year round, having an assistant to help you on shoots, answer emails, do outsource editing - whatever you need, can go a long way.
Give Yourself Grace
The best thing you can do for yourself is to be kind to yourself, give yourself grace and stay positive. Most of all, stop comparing yourself to other photographers - all you can do is your best and at the end of the day everyone's business and versions of "success" will be different.
There you have it "10 Tips on How to Prevent Photographer Burn Out"