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Add to that the incredible wisdom and talent that is being shared in the one-on-one mentor sessions and you have better and more successful photographers! It's truly a win win for everyone involved!
About me and my mentor auction:
I am an Orange County based photographer. My husband and I have been shooting and LOVING this job full time for 5 years now! My mentor session can be tailored to one's specific needs. I can help with anything from how to get clients, client relationships, marketing, shooting techniques, post processing, workflow, to time management. My mentor session will take place at WPPI 2010 (Las Vegas). To bid on my auction, visit thirstrelief.shootq.com!
*The Thirst Relief Auction will also provide clean water to the people in Haiti...This hits home for us, so PLEASE BID NOW! You can also make a donation by clicking here. The following is Thirst Relief plan for Haiti:
"Before the 7.0 earthquake that destroyed much of Haiti on January 12th, 80% of Haitians lacked access to safe, clean drinking water. Long after the dust settles and emergency responders return to their homes, Thirst Relief will still be there working to bring long-term, sustainable, clean water solutions that will serve as a building block for the future of the Haitian people. Designate your donation to the "Haiti Water Project". Your donation will expedite the launch of this water project and help provide the suffering people in Haiti with the clean water they desperately need."
*This post is strictly for photographers:)
For those fellow photographers that have had the opportunity to attend one of our LYON-SHOP classes, they can vouch for Justin and I when we claim that we are BIG believers in outsourcing! What is outsourcing?! Outsourcing is the answer to gaining more freedom in your business, more freedom with your family, more freedom for yourself, and freedom in order to keep you sane when you are bringing in more work then you can handle on your own! Outsourcing is the act of sending out tasks to another hired professional to work on so you can have more time to spend elsewhere.
One of the biggest tasks that we outsource is the post processing of our proofed images. Our company of choice is FOTOFAFA, and to say that we love them would be an understatement! Literally, we no longer have to spend countless hours filtering through thousands of images, we no longer have to spend countless hours adjusting contrast and white balance, and we no longer feel guilty taking a day off here and there to spend quality time with our children. In our book, Fotofafa equals freedom! That is one of the reasons for this post, we feel that they deserve a huge pat on the back for giving us our lives back!
When we say "proofed images" we mean that these are the images that our clients get to see online before anything goes to print and then ultimately will go through an artistic edit. For outsourcing, we'll first: go through and choose images that are our favorites for the blog (which we will process and edit ourselves...we still love working on our favorite shots), second: outsource the remaining work to Fotofafa to be filtered through and then proofed (white balance adjusted, contrast added, exposure perfected, etc....), then third: put the proofed images online for our clients to view for the purchase of prints or albums. Simple as that!
If we had one thing to suggest to each and every photographer out there who wants to have more personal time, we would say OUTSOURCE! Fotofafa is set up to process raws, jpegs, and album design.
Here are some before (raw images) and afters (proofed images) we've recently received from Fotofafa:
For those of you that are remotely interested in outsourcing some of your workflow, we would highly recommend giving Fotofafa a try! Be sure to ask for Kenny! You can visit their website by clicking here. Also follow them on twitter by clicking here!