What is Workflow? For Photographers & Creatives

This question could not have come at a more perfect time – workflow is something that I am all about, and is also something that we talked through at our last Tuesdays’ Together meeting.  After the meeting, someone emailed me and asked me to define what workflow actually is.  We processed how you manage your workflow, and some great tools to utilize, but we never actually defined what it is.

work·flow

noun
  1. the sequence of industrial, administrative, or other processes through which a piece of work passes from initiation to completion.
in layman’s terms:

It’s a system that helps you to stay on track and replicate your process over and over again from start to finish.

Why is this important? For me, I believe in giving each of my clients the same experience from the beginning to the end.  That means that I have systems in place for email communication, the booking process, my editing, the way I prep for a wedding day, album design, and more!  Having systems make sure that a) I don’t miss anything important, and b) that all of my couples are experiencing the same things so that they feel like they’re an #LRSCouple.  Before I had these systems in place, I found that sometimes I could be a bit all over the place, call it what you want – I’m blaming the artsy in me, haha!.  I found myself constantly forgetting the steps of the process that I enjoyed the least or the little things that seemed to take up a lot of time – I mean, who could blame me ;).  Having these lists help to ensure that I am staying organized and on top of things!

In order to keep these separate workflows organized, I utilize the tool, Trello! I love it because its online, which means I can access it from anywhere, and I love the different ways that you can organize your thoughts.   Within Trello, I have checklists that I can change and adapt, but gives me the same basic structure for my workflow each time!

I hope that helps!  In the meantime, if you want to find out more about my systems, I’ll be sending along my engagement session workflow to the newsletter this week!  You can sign up to grab it this week here!

 


 

Posted:

January 20, 2017

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