Many peple think professional photographers shoot for 8 hours a day, 5 days per week. I can assure you, that is certainly not the case. So what do I do on non-shooting days?
As I work from home, I always go for a walk first thing in the morning, every morning so I arrive back home, as if I'm arriving at the office. After making myself a coffee, I settle down and answer any emails that have come in. Business development is crucial, and I search for new business every day, whether that be for commercial or private clients. I always tinker with this website, renewing photographs, adding content or writing a blog post (like this one).
Accounts is a dreary, yet important task, that needs addressing on a weekly basis. I'm also constantly learning, by reading trade magazines, watching photography videos and talking to my fellow professionals. I might research new photography gear, but only purchase if it's beneficial to the business.
As a member of Cork Chamber I attend many networking events, as well as other business oriented occasions.
Of course, after I'm back from a shoot, I have to process the images, and either send them to the client via the internet or on disc. Then there's an invoice to generate, banking to be done, and so it goes on...
I hope you've enjoyed this snapshot of how I fill my days when I'm not photographing, it certainly isn't a glamorous job, but I wouldn't change it for the world!