I can't lie.

Being a self-employed, work-from-home, mom is pretty freaking rad. The yoga pants. The excessive amounts of coffee during the day. The Netflix binges (lets be real, moms are CHAMPS at multitasking). The ability to create my own schedule that enables me to be with my family. It is unique blessing (and challenge, but we'll get into that later) that I am so stinking grateful to have. I get to provide for my family while still attend baseball practices.


With all that lovely, highly caffeinated yoga pant time also comes some sacrifices. Missing birthdays and spending our wedding anniversaries photographing other peoples "I do." One parent bedtimes because summer golden hour sessions just don't mesh well with a 4 year olds 8pm bedtime. And there is the occasional factor of leaving our sick kids with babysitters because we have work obligations instead of smothering them in mamas cuddles like I'd want.


Thankfully, I love what I do and the pro's definitely outweigh the cons. But I thought I'd give you a little glimpse into a normal week of a full time wedding photographer. Whether you're just wanting to know more about me or maybe you're considering starting your own self employeed wedding industry gig, this article is for you.

PC: Bailey Crane Photography
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Monday


6:00- up for the day. get kiddos ready. make lunches

7:00- out the door for school

7:30- 1st cup of coffee. THIS IS AN IMPORTANT STEP.

8:00- time for mom to get dressed!!

8:30- Respond to new inquires and client emails. Post on social media.

9:00- Go through weekend shoots, flag images and edit previews (Community, Parks & Rec or the Office is normally playing in the background during this time. :P )

11:00- MORE COFFEE. brain break.

11:30- Client consult

12:30- lunch. (normally either in bed while watching Netflix because I'm a savage like that or in the backyard so I can enjoy our garden.)

1:00 Finish previews and send out to client preview gallery

2:00 Tidy up the house. Dishwasher. Quick vacuum (we have a Rottweiler and a Husky so you know this HAS to be a daily task for us or else our floors look like a Lubbock highway....tumbleweeds.)

2:30 head out to pick up kids- "Mom hat" goes on here.

3:30 PT, OT, Speech therapy for our little one. Edit in the car while I wait for her.

4:45 Prep and eat dinner

6:00 Baseball practice

7:30 kiddos bath

8:00 Tuck kiddos in

8:30 Work hat goes back on- respond to client emails

9:00 Post on social media. Plan instagram post for Tuesday

10:00 NETFLIX, HULU, PRIME, mama tiiiiiime.

Tuesday


6:00- up for the day. get kiddos ready. make lunches

7:00- out the door for school

7:30- 1st cup of coffee. again, THIS IS AN IMPORTANT STEP.

8:00- Respond to new inquires and client emails. Post on social media.

9:00- Edit.

10:30- Get ready for vendor networking luncheons, venue tours, vendor coffee dates, or some form of networking.

11:00 MORE COFFEE. head out the door for networking.

1:00 Head back home/wrap up vendor networking

1:30 Tidy up the house. Dishwasher. Quick vacuum. Swap laundry.

2:30 head out to pick up kids- "Mom hat" goes on here.

4:30 Horseback riding for our oldest. Typically I try to check my email again here or post on social media in some way.

5:45 Baseball game. If there's no game I'll come home and just try to enjoy time with my tiny humans.

7:30 kiddos bath

8:00 Tuck kiddos in

8:30 Work hat goes back on- review upcoming wedding questionnaires and create wedding day timelines

10:30 Bedtiiiiiime.


Wednesday


6:00- up for the day. get kiddos ready. make lunches

7:00- out the door for school

7:30- 1st cup of coffee. THIS IS ESSENTIAL.

8:00- time for mom to get dressed!!

8:30- Respond to new inquires and client emails. Post on social media.

9:00- EDITTT

11:00- More coffeeee. brain break.

11:30- Client consult or vendor calls

12:30- lunch

1:00 Update website with photos from the week print, work on blog rough draft, or create drafts for social media posts

2:00 Tidy up the house. Dishwasher. Quick vacuum.

2:30 head out to pick up kids- "Mom hat" goes on here.

3:30 PT, OT, Speech therapy for our little one. Work on edits in the car while I wait for her.

4:45 Prep and eat dinner

6:00 Baseball practice

7:30 kiddos bath

8:00 Tuck kiddos in

8:30 Work hat goes back on- respond to client emails

9:00 Post on social media.

10:00 NETFLIX, HULU, PRIME, mama tiiiiiime.

Thursday

This is my "day off"


6:00- up for the day. get kiddos ready. make lunches

7:00- out the door for school

7:30- 1st cup of coffee. again, THIS IS AN IMPORTANT STEP.

8:00- time for mom to get dressed!!

8:30 Respond to new inquiries and client emails. Post on social media.

9:00- dance around the house to Nsync while:

-swapping laundry

-doing dishes

-dusting (remember those hairy fur children of ours....this HAS TO HAPPEN)

-vacuum

10:30 Answer client emails.

11:00 DRINK COFFEE AGAIN! Client Consults. Respond to emails.

12:30 Change the music to Amazon Hip Hop from the 2000's playlist.

-Water garden

-pull weeds

-sweep and mop

-place grocery store order

2:30 head out to pick up kids- "mom hat" goes on here.

4:30 horse back riding lessons for kiddos

6:00 dinner

7:00 kiddos bath (

8:00 Tuck kiddos in

8:30 post on social media. plan instagram post for Wednesday

Friday


6:00- up for the day. get kiddos ready. make lunches

7:00- out the door for school

7:30- 1st cup of coffee. THIS IS ESSENTIAL.

8:00- time for mom to get dressed!!

8:30- Respond to new inquires and client emails. Post on social media.

9:00- EDITTT

11:00- More coffeeee. brain break.

11:30- update Quickbooks and balance bank statements.

12:30- lunch

1:00 Make sure all batteries are being charged for weekend weddings and sessions, cards are formatted, gear is clean and packed.

2:00 Tidy up the house. Dishwasher. Quick vacuum.

2:30 head out to pick up kids- "Mom hat" goes on here.

3:30 pick up grocery store order

4:30 Prep and eat dinner

6:00 Baseball practice

7:30 kiddos bath

8:00 Tuck kiddos in

8:30 Work hat goes back on-make sure client questionnaires, timelines and vendor lists are printed and in camera bag for weekend events. Take all batteries off of chargers and pack up.

9:00 Post on social media.

10:00 NETFLIX, HULU, PRIME, mama tiiiiiime.

Saturday


Wedding day


Weddings are GENERALLY on Saturdays but are often on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays too. We try not to book more than 3-4 weddings a month during peak season and 2 weddings a month during slow season however last October we had 6 weddings and I ended up crawling my way to New Years 2021.


Wedding days typically mean we are up early, getting the house prepared, food stocked, and kids good to go for the babysitter to spend the day with them. Most of our weddings are out near Fort Worth/Weatherford/Azle area which means we have to leave about 2-3 hours BEFORE the wedding and are home about 2 hours after we have the wedding final exit.


Generallllly, our schedule on wedding days looks something along these lines:


7:00- wake up

8:00- big breakfast with the kids

9:00- play outside or have tv time with the girls

9:30- get dressed

10:30- babysitter arrives

11:00- leave house

2:00- arrive at venue

10:00- leave venue

midnight- home, shower, bed


On top of all of this....


I somehow squeeze in SESSIONS (engagement, bridal, senior, family, and corporate headshots), location scouting, CONTINUING EDUCATION, tending the gardens and other home maintenance, volunteering (I like to help sub at the schools, mentor high risk kiddos, volunteer with a nonprofit called The Turning Point) while still trying to set aside time for myself as well as fun family time with the kids like zoo trips, state park hiking, vacations with family, bike rides and an excessive amount of dress up and tea parties when possible.


Like I said, being a self-employed, work-from-home, mom is pretty freaking rad. It's also wildly exhausting and takes a ridiculous amount of planning and self discipline to achieve success. Thankfully, being behind the camera has provided me with the ability to have time with the kids and provide for my family and I seriously can't imagine ever going back to a desk job or 9-5 ever again.


To all you boss babes working your butts off and slaying while you do it, my hat goes off to you!!!