Meet Michelle. Michelle Boyd is an Austin-based fine art film wedding photographer and has owned her business for about four years. I met Michelle at the Half Orange photography workshop last fall. Michelle has a gift of encouragement, giggles and of course, photography.
She's been featured everywhere from 100 Layer Cake to Southern Weddings and more. She's worked with Wedding Sparrow on a styled shoot in England, Mayhar and Without Wax.
Michelle says, "As an artist, I am driven in my core by a pursuit of excellence. I believe that film is not dead, and love how it captures light, color, and the intangibility of moments so elegantly. I am passionate about running my business with just as much attention that I give my art, and have hosted workshops on how to run a peaceful, life-giving business specifically made for other photographers."
Let's see how this light-capturing maven manages styled shoots and workshops, not to mention keeping up with her own clients...
Walk us through your day. Not your greatest day, but not your worst. What does a good-to-ideal day look like for you?
5:30 Roll out of bed, shower & wake up
6:15 Personal reading/journaling time
7:00 Make breakfast & coffee for me & my hottie hubs (always a veggie omelette topped with avocado and salsa!)
7:30 Pick up a little bit around the house, do dishes
8:00 Sit down to computer and evaluate the day’s To-Do list, read previous day’s Feedly feed and look at Pinterest for inspiration
9:00 Answer urgent e-mails
9:30 Work time (Generally one or two of the following... edit images, submit weddings, plan styled shoots, update finances, plan blogs, write out workshop curriculum, etc... the list goes on!)
11:30 Cook lunch (usually a protein + veggies, sometimes pasta or couscous)
12:00 Eat lunch with the hubs!
1:00 Computer Work (If I have coffee dates with friends or fellow industry peeps I try to schedule them here)
5:00 Prepare dinner
5:30/6 Dinner and a TV show with the hubs
**If I have portrait session they’re always in the evening, 2 hours before sunset, so the end of my workday and start of dinner time changes depending on the time of year and whether or not I have a session!
Do you have any boundaries throughout your day?
I do! I am the world’s worst multi-tasker, so setting boundaries for my business has been key to having a productive workday. I set very strict business hours for my clients, Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm, and any communication or meetings I have are always set within those hours. My golden rule is never e-mailing outside of these hours- it helps educate my clients that I operate on a schedule, and helps me control my work/life balance a little bit more. I have an alarm on my phone that goes off everyday at 4pm, reminding me that I have one hour to check and answer my e-mails if I haven’t yet. If I were answering them throughout the entire day they would take over my life and I’d never get anything else done! I also generally turn my phone to “Do Not Disturb” during the day... which is why I always fail at group texts ☺
I’ve also found that I thrive in peaceful, quiet spaces. I can’t listen to music while I work (weird, I know!) but if I’m editing images I’ll throw on a movie that I’ve seen 1,000 times, like Pride & Prejudice, for soft background noise. I try to work from my home office most days, although our comfy living room wins out at least once a week.
What is something you're proud of this week?
I take care of my own business finances, and there was a pretty bad discrepancy between my books (I use Moneywell) and bank account *yikes* But after spending hours of searching and comparing, I found the problem! And yes I did do a happy dance and enjoy a delicious homemade popsicle. ☺
What are some influential blogs or books that you'd recommend?
Carry On, Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton
The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
Platform by Michael Hyatt
Thanks, Michelle! I'm looking forward to checking out your recs and letting this inspiration put an extra spring in my step today.