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Why I Became a Private Photo Editor For Wedding Photographers

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In the Fall of 2017, I found out that we were expecting our first baby. We had been trying to start our family for a very long time – we had run the gamut of testing, medication, monitoring, and we were getting ready to pursue IVF when I found out that I was pregnant. It was truly a miracle.

Why I Became a Private Photo Editor

After our son was born, those first several weeks were hard. No one tells you (though, I don’t think I’d believe them even if they told me) that it’s pure survival mode. You leave the hospital and suddenly, you’re in charge of keeping this tiny human alive. The tiny human you worked so hard to have.

The thought of having to go on photo shoots changed drastically. I couldn’t fathom leaving my sweet baby to go on a photo shoot. Once I came out of the fog of managing a newborn, naps started to become more regular, and sleeping through the night was being achieved, I knew that I still wanted my hand in something creative.

However, I knew that during this season of having a brand new baby, that photography was no longer going to fit the bill. Editing, on the other hand was something I could do. It fit in perfectly into nap times, I could work from home, and the rest of my time could be spent with my son when he was awake.

Private Photo Editor for Wedding Photographers // Photo by Hawaii Photographer Kayleen T

Why Private Editing?

Becoming a private photo editor for wedding photographers has turned out to be the perfect mesh of photography and creativity, without having to leave the house. As a former wedding photographer, I know what a typical wedding day is like – it’s go, go, go – don’t miss a moment type work. And while I loved my short stint doing wedding photography, I learned that it was not for me.

Working one-on-one with wedding photographers has been really fun. I really appreciate their artistry and admire their hard work to capture their clients’ special day. By working one-on-one with wedding photographers, I can learn their individual style and I become a key player on their team.

Part of the Team

One of the unexpected benefits of becoming a private photo editor for wedding photographers has been that I become a part of their team. I get to help them behind the scenes, freeing up their time to do more of what they love. And on my end, I get to do some creative work in between nap times, spend time with my little guy, and not miss a moment of his “firsts” (they’re happening all the time!)

I’ve learned over the last few years that I thrive in the behind the scenes work. I really like having my hand in things where I’m not front and center and can instead, help someone else shine. It’s my goal to help wedding photographers reclaim their precious time so that they can focus on building their business or spending time with their family. I’ll help you get there faster.

An Introvert’s Dream Job

As a self-proclaimed introvert, being a private photo editor for wedding photographers is a dream job. Don’t get me wrong, I loved every one of my wedding, portrait, and senior portrait clients. However, just like spring turn into summer, seasons of life change, too.

I love working from home, not having to get dressed in work clothes, or having to drive somewhere to go to work. I love being able to stay at home with my son, while still being able to work and earn an income. It’s the best of both worlds for me.

I also really love being my own boss. Looking back on past jobs, I can only think of two managers that I really liked. Being someone’s boss or manager is a big responsibility and it can make or break your job experience. I’ve had the experience of having a crummy manager and I couldn’t wait until the day that I could say goodbye to that boss forever.

Finally, what other job allows you to listen to nonstop podcasts, watch Netflix and Hulu, or take the morning or afternoon off if you need to? Basically, private photo editing is the perfect job for me in this season of my life.

I like to call this season, “Life Between Naps” because I try to get everything I need to get done during nap time. Some days I’m lucky and my son will nap for two hours! Other days, he may only nap for an hour here and an hour there. So I love the flexibility that being my own boss affords me. Plus, I don’t have to leave the house to drive to photo shoots, I don’t have to arrange childcare, and I can do everything virtually from my computer. It’s the best.

Looking to Outsource Photo Editing?

Are you a photographer thinking about outsourcing your editing? Great! We should definitely chat. I love helping wedding photographers find more margin in their lives by freeing up the time they spend in front of the computer. I know people think that all you do is work eight hours on weekends and lounge the rest of the week, right? What they don’t see is you hustling to edit 3 photo shoots and 2 weddings, all in record time to keep your clients excited and talking.

I get it. I see you. Let me help you free up that time. Let me help you find some margin.

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