With how busy my life is, it's easy to forget to take care of myself, my creativity, and my business. These practices nourish my photography life professionally and emotionally, making sure I don't burn out or start resenting the thing that I love!
Back up my photos - AT LEAST weekly I back up my photos onto an external hard drive, if not after each shoot I do. My computer does not have enough hard drive space to store all of my gigantic RAW and PSD files, so I constantly have to remove files I'm not currently working on to make room for new files. Plus there's nothing sadder than losing photos/having to delete them without a backup.
Update my invoice log - Since I pay taxes quarterly, I make sure I'm keeping track of my earnings and the taxes I've collected from my clients by entering my invoices into a spreadsheet to make tax paying a breeze!
Browse inspo - My favorite places to source inspo from are Pinterest and Instagram. I search and save poses, locations, aesthetics, and more. There are so many inspirational creatives out there and we have so much to learn from them!
Learn a new skill - I can never been done learning about photography - there's so much knowledge out there! I am part of several Facebook creative communities that share photography technique tips and I often browse YouTube and Pinterest for video tutorials on how to do x, y & z. Lately I've been looking at new techniques to battle harsh summer sun shadows while shooting and in post processing.
Build my community - I try to reach out to and get coffee with fellow Seattle and Washington photographers as much as I can. This helps facilitate collaborations, knowledge exchanges, and is just fun! Also when I travel, I reach out to local photographers to get their shooting and location tips.
What are your best practices as a photographer, artist, blogger, creative, or however you identify? Let me know below!