In this series of posts we talk to residents and members of the co-working studio to find out about their work and how they ended up here. You can find more interviews here
Cluster: What do you do?
Jonny: Wedding photographer
Cluster: How long have you been doing it?
Jonny: Full time - 4 years
Cluster: What does your day-to-day work involve?
Jonny: Day to day I'm doing a mixture of marketing/promotion/accounts/admin/drinking coffee and all the other fun stuff that goes with being self employed. Most weekends I get to do what I love — shoot weddings. Meaning most weeks kick off with making a start on my post-wedding workflow:
- Download cards to my RAW drive and portable backup drive simultaneously (using Photo mechanic Ingest)
- Cull wedding in Photo mechanic
- Load into Adobe Lightroom, full edit with minimal use of Photoshop
- Make slideshow using Smart Slides
- Send slideshow/gallery to clients via Pixieset
- Blog wedding and submit for features on other wedding blogs
- Reach out to relevant venue/suppliers with images
Cluster: Tell us why you use a co-working space
Jonny: I desperately needed a better work/life balance and a space where I could fully focus on my work away from home. The final deciding factor was when my daughter was born. She's super cute and a big distraction! I soon realised I wasn't getting much work done at home!
Cluster: Where did you work before Cluster?
Jonny: I'm part time at Cluster so on other days of the week I work from home in Horsley. My lovely office is now a nursery so I'm in the process of creating a new work space in the spare room. Although I can do a lot of my work from my laptop I really like sitting at a desk and having a big screen.
Cluster: Tell us something have you learned since working at Cluster
Jonny: I've certainly learned to better plan the week ahead. I now set myself goals/tasks and work to achieve them with the time I spend at Cluster. Before I used to work very haphazardly without much structure to my working week. Since working at Cluster I feel like I'm running my business much more efficiently.
On a completely different note I've learned a whole world of new bands. The music we play via Apple Music is so eclectic, everyone gets to put their nickel in the jukebox. King gizzard and the lizard wizard anyone?
Cluster: What have you found challenging about being self-employed/working remotely?
Jonny: The biggest challenge I've found is being self-taught in all aspects of running a small business. It's been a fun and rewarding learning curve. It's something you don't necessarily think about when you start out with just a passion for something like photography, and you then try to make it your living. Although you're working on your own most days there's always a network of people in a similar situation you can reach out to for advice, whether that's online or at a co-work space like Cluster.
Cluster: Do you have any advice for people starting out self-employed or working out of the office?
Jonny: Ha, I don't feel qualified to offer any advice! Umm, get a good accountant?
Cluster: How can people find your work online?