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10 Things Wedding Photographers Can Do During Offseason

If you are a wedding photographer, here are 10 things you can do to further your business during the offseason.

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Offseason! Are you doing a happy dance or retreating under a blanket and hope you can survive yet another winter? 

It’s the light at the end of the tunnel, for some of you. After being on the busy train most for summer and fall, it’s nice to take a break.

Curious, what’s your record time for not showering during the week while editing? Mine was 3 days and would have easily gone 4 days had my partner not commented with a disgusted face. Can you beat my record?

For me, the end of wedding season is bittersweet. I love the intensity of shooting so many amazing couples, but I get sad because I miss them all. I also welcome a much-needed break. The thought of all the new wonderful couples to photograph for the following year keep me excited.

The colder months are an excellent time for reflection and rejuvenation. I know a lot of people see winter as a time to hibernate or binge-watch Netflix, but it’s where I start to do the deep work; the inner work that has brought me so much success in my business.

I’ve been lucky that I’ve been able to book winter weddings in the slower months. I find it breaks up the winter and they’re so much fun. It’s like an amuse-bouche to the main course of wedding season. Sometimes you just want a piece of chocolate instead of the whole bar. Sometimes. 

Below is a list of 10 things that I love to do in winter that fill my cup and help me ace the upcoming season.

10 Things For Wedding Photographers To Do During Offseason

  1. Blog Post Audit
  2. Educate Yourself 
  3. Batch Task  
  4. Update your display albums
  5. Blog a lot
  6. Update your price list
  7. Self Care
  8. Mindset work 
  9. Strategize your year ahead based on the past year
  10. Network



1. Blog Post Audit


I used to feel like a teenager being asked to clean their room when it comes to learning Search Engine Optimization.

My inner voice was throwing a tanty. Picture me rolling on the floor saying “ugh, do I have to?”. 

But, I’ve learned to love it. Especially when the hard work pays off and you can see that the line graph go up and up.

One little trick is to look over all your old blog posts and see if they are SEO optimized. I use the WordPress plugin Yoast SEO Premium. While it’s nice to get a green light for both the readability score and the SEO score, you can still improve your posts with the following tips.

I could open a whole can of worms about SEO, but I’m going to keep it simple and give you the most essential SEO tips. I took a Master Class with Brendan Hufford, SEO for the Rest of US, and he said that you don’t always need the green light for the SEO score, but there are some green lights you should have in the analysis result section of Yoast. 

  • Alt tags
  • Key phrase in title
  • Outbound links
  • Internal links
  • Key phrases not previously used.


2. Educate Yourself

Game of thrones meme. Winter is coming, educate yourself.


I wish I could have knowledge downloaded into my brain a la The Matrix. But that’s not yet a reality. I still have high hopes that this will be a future possibility. Until then, I’ll have to rely on Google to get my fix of information.

Your brain is your most valuable business tool and your biggest asset. Feed it, nourish it, and look after it. 

When you learn, you create new neural pathways, it diminishes the fear of being incapable (one of the two biggest fears most people have) and helps you to become skilled in multiple areas. What’s not to love? 

One of my favourite purchases was the Entrepreneurship Bundle from www.bundle.co I got 30 courses fo $99. I also love Course Collection. They have new bundles that pop up so go check them out.

There are tons of photographers selling online courses too.

Do a little audit of what you feel like you’re missing in your business and go master that. It could be learning SEO, off-camera flash, bookkeeping for small business owners, or learn how to start a podcast, etc. 

The sky’s the limit, and you can pretty much learn anything online. Most times for free.

It’s best to study an area you feel is lacking, and that can serve you the following year. Or pick something that fills your cup.

Hate online learning? If you don’t want to be glued to your screen again, you don’t have to learn online. 

You can sign up for 1-on-1 mentoring and coaching with a photographer you admire. Or attend a workshop – even better if it’s out of the country at a cool location. 


3. Batch Task


You know those tasks you keep putting off? YOU KNOW!!!

Well, what if I told you, you can have a little discomfort for a couple of hours and save yourself the mental torment of procrastinating low-value task in summer. Sound good? Read on.

Things you can batch task

  • Packaging for clients USBs etc. – preorder all that and package it up ready to go. 
  • Stationery for the year ahead 
  • Social Media posts 
  • Update your email template workflow, so you don’t have to formulate a new response each time.
  • Create a bunch of blog posts and release them a week at a time. 


Work out how many notes, boxes, USBs etc. you’ll need for the year and order them in advance.

I put my packaging together, so they are ready to go. Once a wedding is edited, I’ll load it to the USB and pop it in the box, write on the note and send it off. 

It’s annoying when you run out, and it’s one less thing you have to worry about during wedding season. 

Batch your social media calendar. You can do this in Google Docs. Have a look at the bookings for next year and work out the hashtags ahead of time as well as important dates such as Christmas, valentines, international dog day, etc. 

Look at all parts of your business and see if you can batch task anything else there. 


4. Update Your Display Albums


I’m embarrassed to say that I used to show albums that were 5 years old and not from a company I used anymore. I felt more outdated than a Blockbuster video store. 

It feels good to not only have new display albums with recent work that represents who you are but also to feel like you’ve invested in your own business. 

My favourite album company is Dekora. They are Ontario based and have top-notch customer service. The album quality is to die for, and their albums really make your images pop!


5. Publish Lots of Blogs Posts


Blog as many weddings as you can. Being seen is important and will boost your website ranking. Check out tip number one for some SEO tips. Pick venues or weddings that represent your style the most and promote those.

You can also contact wedding blogs to get your weddings featured. Prep as much as you can during the offseason. 

It’s important to blog at least once a week. You can batch prep all your blog posts and then publish 1-2 per week. 


6. Update Your Price List


Are you just sending a 1-page pdf of your prices? Insert sad face. 

You’re missing out on a huge opportunity to show them who you are and what you can do. Bulk it up by educating your clients and giving them more value. Write more about who you are and what you can do for your clients as well as some wedding or engagement tips, frequently asked questions, how to book etc. 


7. Self Care


You’ve been on your feet all summer/fall and most likely seated at your computer plugging away at editing. Such is a life of a wedding photographer.

Why not invest in yourself to prime you for the next season. For me, self-care is more than a bubble bath and a face mask. It’s saying a big fat NO to the things that don’t serve me so I can create good habits.

Self care meme
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I usually start out the season by making a goal NOT to eat fast food on the fly but midway through, I cave. Hey, I’m a work in progress. 

You could:

  • Vacuum out the McDonald’s french fries from that gap next to your seat in your car, which I call the chip graveyard
  • Visit family and friends
  • Go on a trip somewhere 
  • Host a dinner party and cook for friends. 
  • Do yoga and stretch out the kinks. Work on strengthening your muscles
  • Get a massage and ask the therapist to work on your trouble spots
  • Take a day off and not talk to anyone! 
  • Declutter your house or a part of your home
  • Take a trip to Sephora and go wild! 
  • Get a facial or have a home spa day (maybe after that Sephora trip) 
  • Go hit some balls at an indoor golf dome (anyone? hello? Is it only me that loves golf – am I boring?)
  • Establish a good sleeping routine
  • Plan a morning routine or ritual
  • Create a budget 
  • Meditate
  • Meal prep 
  • I could really go on forever, but you get the idea



8. Mindset Work


I can’t stress enough how vital inner work is to running a business. It’s been a huge focus for me and has paid off big time in terms of attracting business but also feeling good and not stressed at all. 

I remember midway through 2018 I only had a few weddings booked for the following year. I felt stressed like I had all the previous years. The Heart Freedom Method helped to eliminate the stored stress that plagued me every season. Every day, I wrote in my journal “I’m grateful for the 30 awesome couples I booked for 2019”, and you know what? I exceeded that goal.

Work on your mindset and mental health by:

  • Heart Freedom Method 
  • Meditating
  • Journaling
  • Breath Work
  • Evaluating your life and identifying your most significant stressors and then creating a plan to address it
  • Affirmations 
  • Surrounding yourself with only inspiring materials – books, podcasts, audiobooks 
  • Stop gossiping or hanging out with energy vampires. Negativity attracts more negativity
  • Start a gratitude journal and write at least 3 things you’re grateful for, daily
  • Writing out your goals for the year ahead. What do you want to achieve, how do you want to feel, what are the steps you need to take to get you there


9. Strategize Your Year Ahead Based on the Past Year

Analyze, strategize, succeed. A.S.S.
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What could you have done better?

What went wrong?

Plan out everything that you loved and that you did correctly. Also, look at areas that went wrong. Be easy on yourself here. Nothing is truly a mistake; it’s a learning experience. 

Take two pages and divide both into two columns. 

On the first page, write down all the things that went right – how can you improve on those things. What were the pros and cons of each element that went right?  

On the second page, write down all the things you felt went wrong or that you could improve on. What were the pros and cons of each element that went wrong?  


10. Network


If there’s a photographer you admire, reach out to them and ask them out of a coffee. I have to admit I’m relatively shy in doing this and really admire people who’ve reached out to me in the past. 

I’ve formed some lovely friendships because of this. Being a business owner can be terribly lonely at times. 

But here’s the thing – meet them to get to know them and build an actual relationship. 

There’s nothing more disheartening to feel like there was a hidden agenda by having someone pick your brain for tips the whole time. If you admire their work and want their knowledge, ask them for a mentoring session.

Join groups such as Rising Tide Society which has Tuesdays Together every month. 

Join a local photography groups and see who wants to catch up. Perhaps you’d like to arrange a headshot swap day!

Last but not least 

Enjoy yourself! There’s a lot of things wedding photographers can do to further their careers during offseason. But most importantly – have fun! You’ve earned it.