Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Kick-Butt Photo Studio Set-Up

I'm in the midst of rearranging my workflow, studio, set-up, work-life, philosophies on work-flow and systems, equipment, financial systems etc etc.

I put off to appoint a studio assistant for 8 years, well, now I'll have one. My digital workflow, and especially archiving is undergoing a facelift. My studio is always being worked on, but last month it received its long awaited black walls and ceilings. My equipment is always being updated with little gadgets being added almost weekly. This month alone - new laptop (I highly recommend the guy I bought it from, follow link), boom stand, ThinkTankPhoto bag, servicing of equipment etc. Also, I'm upgrading my insurance, which will double my premiums per month, but I can't risk being without equipment. That however is only for my most essentials. 1.5% per month of replacement value on equipment can amount to 1000's per month.

What is my aim? More professional, more excellent, more reliable, and a little more space to breathe amidst all the clutter. I've been fortunate to be blessed with loads of work, but if not well handled, this can be the downfall of quality, consistency and reliability. Before that happens, I decided that I need to look at long-term adjustments.

Also, I need to look after myself. I'm still the company's biggest and most important asset, and a happy me will mean a more productive, excellent me, and by default, service to you. Physically speaking, I started Judo-classes with a friend (he's Jujitsu trained, I did Chinese Kung-Fu for a long time) to get me fit, I'm making more time with family and ministry (God is and always will be my #1 priority and source of strength) and I'm going to the chiropractor next month. After 9 years (1 year for another photographer and 8 years for myself) of lugging around equipment in crates and bags that are not designed for skeletal stability, I'm in discomfort most of the time.

So what is all this to you? Well, look out for even better service, better quality and a better experience. I've drawn a lot of inspiration from the following photographer in the US and France and his set-up and work ethic. Check out Chase Jarvis.

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