I hate Office Days.
There. I said it. If I could spend every single day shooting, it would be Nirvana….but the ugly truth is that a large percentage of my time is spent right here, at my desk, staring at a big ‘ol monitor.
And so here I am, taking a break at 4:00pm. My day started at 6:30, and knowing that I would be on my butt most of the day I began with a brisk 20-minute walk down to Peet’s for some caffeine, and then across the street to Arizmendi’s for my favorites: a Brioche Knot, and a Corn-Cherry scone.
By 8:00 I’m shaved, showered, caffeinated and ready for work. I find that one of the tricks to staying productive on these days (when I’m yearning to do ANYTHING else) is to dress for the occasion: no sweat pants or t-shirts! Nice jeans, a button-down shirt, and shoes….just as if I had a real job. Helps me “feel” like I should be working. But just the same, I drink another coffee while I read my morning blogs (and, of course, “Doonesbury”.)
The first real task is some quick photo editing. I had a real estate shoot yesterday, while I downloaded the card and ranked the “winners” last night, now I have to go through and do RAW edits and whatever Photoshop is necessary. There are eleven photos, and I’ve got that done in about half an hour. Mostly color and toning adjustments, which go pretty quickly. On to the real work of the day!
The rest of the morning is spent on a proposal for an upcoming shoot. There’s nothing more tedious than writing up a proposal and treatment, but this project is more interesting than most because it involves helicopter aerials and some video components — and I discover a smokin’ deal on helo charters that I hadn’t known about before. Nice!
Writing up the treatment involves a bunch of tedious work with Google Earth, and then using Photoshop to draw arrows and numbers and text on the images, to convey what I’m proposing to the client. Clients love this stuff, but it’s time-consuming to produce.
Around Noon I take another 40-minute walk down to the post office and the library, just to stretch my legs and get some fresh air. Back again at my desk, I spend the next couple of hours updating a marketing database in preparation for the launch of my next “New Work” portfolio, which is scheduled for early next week. More tedium, this time in Excel.
The rest of the afternoon is gear maintenance. Color calibrating my monitors, cleaning lenses, fixing a broken tripod. A few phone calls, a LOT of emails. I’ve been totally absorbed in tax prep work for the last week or two, so there’s a lot of stuff I’ve been neglecting. Now that the taxes are off to the accountant, I can get back to things like, you know, photography.
And here it is, 4:20pm, and my desk is still as cluttered as it was when I started! What the hell?! …..Still, I got a lot done today, and the payoff will be next week when I can be focused on shooting again.
Only 35 minutes to 5:00pm……when I can legitimately pop open a bottle of beer…..