A photography virtual assistant is an independent contractor who provides administrative services to clients. They often operate their business from a home office, but will have access to the necessary documents and software remotely.
In other words: we get the shit done that you don’t want to!
If you’re a burnt out photographer and you’re looking to offload some of your admin backlog, pull up a chair and pour yourself a cold one. This is where you belong.
By entertaining the idea of bringing on a photography virtual assistant, you can widen your search to an unending network of freelancers around the world. Virtual assistants can offer a multitude of skillsets to add to your business and will help you to skyrocket your business as quickly as you let them.
How do you know what a photographer needs and what a V.A. can provide to them?
Before becoming a photography virtual assistant, I spent over ten years operating my own photography business. I served wedding clients, primarily, but also dabbled in family, boudoir, seniors, branding and milestone photography. I spent years in the hustle and bustle of it and finally couldn’t give up my weekends anymore due to the demands of family life. There were many times I’d wished I had an assistant available to help me with editing, blog posts, social media and more, but I had never even dreamed of hiring a virtual assistant for my small photography business.
I’m here to crush that thought and help you to see that photography virtual assistants can work with photographers of EVERY level! I can help you to free up your creative time, so you can keep pursuing the passion you have for photography and no longer get buried under paperwork and edits.
How do you know what type of virtual assistant is right for your business?
MOST business owners will tell you exactly what I just said above: I need help with my social media. What most business owners don’t realize is that this is not the most important area to be serving in your business.
Shocking, right? But social media isn’t the answer if your business is lacking systems, procedures and a clear understanding of how your business actually earns money. It is SO common for small businesses to have many pertinent items overlooked and placed on the perpetual to-do list that never gets tackled. Believe me, I’ve been there.
So what kind of tasks CAN I outsource to a photography virtual assistant?
I’m glad you asked. Just about ANY task or business operation you need! Seriously.
I have worked with a variety of clients who will range in what type of tasks they need completed- whether you’re looking for someone to hire for your personal life and need them to buy those great concert tickets, your household management, or your business, there’s an assistant for that.
Here’s a list of more common tasks a photography virtual assistant might tackle:
- Website Management
- Blog Management
- Social Media Strategy
- Social Media Management
- Landing Pages
- Automated Email Sequences
- Pitching to Brands, Businesses and Magazines
- Photo Editing
- Social Media Advertising
- Instagram Hashtag Research
- Instagram Engagement
- Email Newsletter Management
- Email Opt Ins and Freebies
- Social Media Templates
- Photo Album Design
- Inbox Management
- Organizing Inbox
- Booking Travel
- Setting up Workflows
- Updating Contact Book
- Watermarking images
- Labeling and Filing Images
- General Admin
And PS. This list is NOT all-inclusive. There are so many more things to add to it!
If I were operating as a full time photographer, the things that I would immediately hire out are:
- Client Communication and onboarding
- Scheduling of pre-shoot consultations
- Culling images
- Portrait submissions for publications