We’ve just returned to “cold” London from “warm” Lagos on an interim trip to clear out some backlog of work. As a traveling photographer you tend to build up a considerable amount of work as you go, usually because you’re probably going through a really busy working period (a bit of catch twenty-two). Then of course uncontrollable factors such as a lack of consistent power and internet can also be a major hinderance to your productivity. That being said however, it’s not an excuse for a photographer not to deliver in a timely manner. I can be very guilty of underestimating the amount of work required to fulfil some of my tasks– no matter how much I feel or think I’m able to accomplish, sometimes there never seems to be enough time in getting a lot of my tasks completed. I’ve learned that to avoid these circumstances, working with a team is key. In order to get ahead of my work, I have started delegating more.
In the past I used to be a one-man business. I was very comfortable with doing everything myself. This lent to the fact that I didn’t trust that anyone could do the job better than I could. Unfortunately, that is a recipe for the ultimate burn out. Having a VERY supportive team around me to help get things done has been a major plus to my business. I can’t imagine being able to get as far without my core team behind me. What I really have underestimated is their own ability to bring in fresher ideas to my projects and their own ability to do some things better than I could ever have dreamed of. Each one of us has his/her own strengths and I’m incredibly grateful for this promising dynamic.
Below are photos of a very beautiful couple who live in the USA. They came over the UK for a function and had me do an engagement session for them while they were around.