Best Day-Of Shoot Workflow For Portrait Photographers


I wanted to share with you guys what I think is the absolute best day-of-shooting schedule, and this is for any portrait photographer.

First of all, what’s a day-of-shooting schedule?  It is a schedule you should keep any time you have a photo shoot. This is gonna come in really handy to make sure that you start on time, finish on time and produce a consistent result. And once you start getting lots and lots and lots of bookings, you can actually do more than one photo shoot per day. I know, crazy right?

Okay, so here is my ultimate day-of-shooting schedule:

  1. Client shows up for the shoot
  2. Client goes to hair and makeup (takes about an hour)
  3. Client comes to the studio and I give them a tour
  4. If client hasn’t signed the contract already, they do that
  5. Client shows me their outfits
  6. Do the photo shoot (usually around an hour)
  7. We break for 30 to 60 minutes while I cull and quickly do a brief edit, no retouching or anything like that on their images.
  8. We view and order their pictures.

So, in four hours from start to finish I have completed a client from start to actual payment in hand. I personally think this is the absolute best day-of-schedule and you can see now how you could do multiple shoots in a day. My go-to times to shoot at are  about 9:00 a.m. and about 2:00 or 3:00 p.m.

I really hope that you guys like this. If you like this, comment “love” below this video and tag any photographer friends that you think would benefit from knowing this day-of-shooting schedule as well.

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Molly Keyser

Boudoir photographer and business coach, I am dedicated to changing the world with the power of a camera. Originally from Wisconsin, I'm now in Texas, but I help photographers around the world learn how to go full-time with boudoir photography.