Should you make a to-do list, or just DO the to-do list?

Remember the old slogan, "Just do it!" from Nike? According to Greek mythology, "Nike" is actually the goddess of victory, so I'm guessing their subliminal message is that if you wear Nike sneakers, you'll be victorious.

Well what about, "Just find the time!" What product will make me victorious in finding time? My friends would all agree that the most whining I do is over my lack of time. They've got a million great ideas that would help with my freelance graphic design and photography, but my response is usually, "Awesome. Now if I can only find the time."

A project manager friend of mine told me to just prioritize whats on my list. Awesome. Now if I can find the time to do that ... and does "prioritize my to-do list" go on the top of my to-do list?

So far I've done an outstanding job rewriting those to-do lists. I've read several hundred times that creating lists only gets you so far — at some point you've got to stop the list-writing and start the to-do-ing. But still I can't seem to get myself to do that.
Or am I just hard on myself?

I've had numerous people tell me I'm incredibly organized; that they're impressed. But in my eyes, unless I fall into bed every night in complete exhaustion, then I didn't accomplish anything. 

It's been weeks since my project manager friend told me to prioritize. So far the most I've done is consolidate and rewrite the list so that I can prioritize what's remaining.

Maybe what I need to do is make a list of what I already accomplished. This way I'll stop flogging myself over the things that I haven't done, and start congratulating myself over the things I actually have done. Yes. That sounds fabulous. I'll call it the To-Done-List.

Awesome! I'll put that on my list of things to do.

When should I book a photographer for my holiday photos?

Ah, it's the most wonderful time of the year! The summer is in full swing, your kids are outside in the sprinkler and you're contemplating your calendar for the start of a new school year.

So why would you be thinking, "When is the best time to hire a photographer for our holiday cards?"

Because most photographers start booking their fall calendars in the summer.

Is it too early to photograph my holiday photos in the fall?

Absolutely not! Fall foliage is an awesome backdrop for photos! The only other time that would be better for holiday photos is in the winter, but you'd have to hire the photographer AFTER the holidays are over, and that's obviously too late if you want to mail holiday photo cards to family and friends.

So when should I hire the photographer? When should I book the photographer?

One of the biggest issues that folks have when hiring photographers is actually the initial contact. It's difficult to ask a photographer what you want when you have no idea what you want! So ask yourself a few questions:

- When do you want to mail your holiday cards? Choose an actual date on the calendar.


- How much time do you need to write and address those holiday cards? Consider the timing - a week or two? Then, using the date you chose above, back it up two weeks.


- How much time would it take you to form your holiday email and address it? Consider the timing - a week or two? Then, using the date you chose above, back it up two weeks.


- Take that date, back it up another two weeks: That's the very latest date that you need to schedule the actual session with a photographer.

So call now for your holiday photos, and book the date for the fall. Approximately a week to two weeks before the session, contact your photographer again to confirm your appointment.

Good luck!


Rollin In The Heep

Rollin In The Heep by PhotoGraphicGirl
Rollin In The Heep, a photo by PhotoGraphicGirl on Flickr.

Out east on Long Island is the Harbes Family Farm, where each year they hold a Sweet Corn Festival. This year my son and I went, mainly because he loves the grounds and all the children-friendly items.

This is a great spot for children's portraits because its not typical, yet not really distracting. If you have a client who is more toward the country side, I would suggest finding a farm similar to Harbes - if not Harbes itself - and photograph the portraits there. Just remember to ask the owners if you're allowed to photograph on the grounds... and bring business cards!

Happy Shooting!

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