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Being a photographer is a super glamorous job. I mean, how could it not be? You get to spend all your time at weddings, sneaking hors d’oeuvres off the appetizer trays and hobnobbing with the guests.

No, grasshopper, you have much to learn. That’s not how you spend most of your time. This intern’s lesson of the day is that as a photographer, the bulk of your time is spent getting things to work. No joke.

It makes sense, when you think about it (well…I suppose it would make sense regardless of your thinking about it, but that’s beside the point). The actual “taking pictures” part of being a photographer is probably something that we spend the least amount of time on. We rely so heavily on technology, which can be extremely temperamental and seems to require begging, pleading, praying, and promises of your firstborn child in order to convince it to work.

It’s not easy. There’s a lot of behind-the-scenes work that goes on, and it can be frustrating at times. Creating images that give people a way to relive their fabulous wedding day, or transport them back to a time when their now-teenager was just a wee little baby, that’s the fun part, but it’s just a small piece of the pie. And speaking of pie…let me present to you the graphical representation of the breakdown of a wedding photographer’s time.

intern time spent

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9 Responses to “How We Spend Our Time - Intern Edition”

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AliCherri1

Your chart cracks me up :)

 
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Miss Penguin

Alexis - I’m a videographer by day and I can DEFINITELY agree that 80 percent of my time is spent cursing technology!!! It’s no joke! Great chart… it’s nice to commiserate with someone :)

 
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LatteLove

HA!
this is good to know. no wonder wedding pics take months to get returned!

 
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Laura Nadeau

Thank you for this post! I am so tempted to copy your idea. I probably spend 10% of my time actually applying makeup!! Keep up the good work.

 
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Laura Nadeau

Thank you for this post! I must do a similar post about what the life of a makeup artist is really like. I probably spend 10% of my time actually applying makeup and at least 15% of the time cursing my at website and computer software. Keep up the good work.

 
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jennred782

I think no matter what profession you are in cursing at technology is part of the equation unless for some ungodly reason you don’t work with technology at all. Great post.

 
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Miss Taffy

Sewing is the same! The time that you spend at the sewing machine pales in comparison to all of the pinning, cutting, pressing etc.

 
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BeachBrideT

LOL!!! Too funny! But so true, I’m sure!

 
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Kelly Merrill

Haha I’m a photographer’s assistant so I very much appreciate your chart. Getting websites and blogs to cooperate is my main gripe I think. And when I’m at home working on images it’s wishing my computer could keep up! Technology is always upgrading which makes it so hard to have new enough, fast enough, good enough!

 

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