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Lifecycle of a Freelance Photography Job

Posted on: 21 January 2009

Photo.net has an excellent three-part series on the Lifecycle of a Freelance Photography Job. You begin with the Introduction.

A little over 23 years ago, I had the good fortune to be asked to create a class in the Photography department at the Art Center College of Design (Pasadena, CA), which would help prepare the undergraduates as they transformed from students to emerging professional photographers. Over the years in my Rep/Producer role I created various ways to be more efficient as I juggled jobs. I made logs, and charts, and studied time management programs all with the objective of coming up with a simple way to stay focused on getting the jobs into the studio, getting them executed, and then getting paid in a timely manner. In order to visually convey my ideas to my students I created a paradigm that I could use as an instructional tool to convey the big picture of how to run a successful photography business while concentrating on one job at a time. I called this paradigm, “The Lifecycle of a Freelance Photography Job” because I wanted to get across the idea that each day a photographer goes to work (whether it is in a studio or on location) they have to pay close attention to nine very distinct consecutive phases that are common to all jobs, and each phase represents the next step in the evolution of a job. My theory was that by concentrating on each phase in succession the photographer would be freed up to grow as an artist as well as a business owner because they would know what they had to accomplish at each step, and what was the next step to completion. [via Photo.net]

Be sure to check out the other sections:

Part I: The Six Elements of an Effective Presentation
Part II: Client Contact
Part III: Self-Promotion and Marketing

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