10 ways to help you find a healthy work-life balance

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10 ways to help you find a healthy work-life balance

The flexibility the average photographer enjoys allows your photography career to be a lifestyle business – one that fits around your schedule and your family.

That’s a big reason why so many photography hobbyists reach a point in their experience where they ponder making money from their craft.

Perhaps you’ve already charged a friend or two a small amount for a photo shoot. Now, you’re wondering if this photography business can sustain relatively regular income without sacrificing the lifestyle and attention to your family you want to maintain.

Or, maybe you already dove head first into the world of professional photography and now you’re wondering how you can manage to bring more balance back into your life while still earning income from it.

How To Add Work-Life Balance To Any Photography Business

You don’t have to compromise money for life balance or life balance for money.

Here are ten actionable tips for adding balance to your life as you continue to launch or grow your photography business:

  1. Create at least one part of your day when you turn off your devices and let your calls go to voicemail. If you have kids, this is your time to show them that they’ve got 100% of your attention – no compromises.
  2. Before you end your workday, create your to-do list for the following day. Hitting the pillow knowing that you’ve got everything organized for tomorrow lets your mind rest and drift off to a restful night’s sleep.
  3. Use a timer to allocate dedicated time toward your business tasks. It’s amazing how focused you can be when you’ve preset 10, 15 or 20 minutes to do something for your business.
  4. Complete your jobs swiftly. When you ship off edited images or printed products you can focus your total attention to the next project, rather than always feeling like you’ve got too many projects or jobs happening at once.
  5. Consider outsourcing the editing of your photographs or, perhaps, another task within your workflow. If you find something that can be done elsewhere at a nominal cost, you’ll reap the rewards in time spent with family or on marketing for additional work.
  6. Create rhythms of things you do every week to make your work function more predictably. For example, balance your finances once a month, write blogs every Monday for two hours, edit photos every Friday, and book client shoots on Tuesdays and Thursdays, etc.
  7. Ask others in your life for help. You don’t have to do it all yourself.
  8. If you’re going to do work after the kids go to bed, give yourself one assignment, not ten. Your rest is important to yourself, your business and to your family.
  9. Become obsessed with planning. Nothing brings a sense of calm and ample time to get things done as a good plan does for all the things you do inside your photography business.
  10. Understand the vision for your business before you get much deeper into it, so you can ensure you make wise, strategic choices moving forward.

About the Author:

Angela Pointon studied photography, but had a love affair with business and marketing in graduate school. She decided to combine all of it together when she started Steel Toe Images. She inspires photographers and artists to kick major butt through her consulting. Visit Angela Pointon online.


  1. Melissa Stottmann May 07 2014 at 4:46 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the tips, Angela! I love how you talked about organization, timers, and setting up ‘days’ to do certain tasks. Really helpful advice <3

  2. Miska May 09 2014 at 5:43 am - Reply

    That was sweet! Angela, I love the outsourcing idea in your post. It was really smart! Recently, I read an article in http://www.outsourceworkers.com.au/outsourcing-services-kinds-pricing/ and I am now more confident to delegate tasks off my office. It is really efficient, flexible and more importantly affordable. More powers to your family and photography career Angela.

  3. Jodi May 13 2014 at 7:28 am - Reply

    This is so helpful, Angela! I need to get back to writing out my to-do lists rather than keeping them mentally in my head. Thanks for putting this together!

  4. Kristin Smith Sep 25 2014 at 2:03 pm - Reply

    I think another thing to consider is limiting the hours you work when your children are not in school. For me personally, I would rather be at my son’s soccer game on a Saturday morning rather than working! Your children are young for such a short time, it is so important to be with them as much as you can.

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