Question for freelance/from home product photographers

2 months 4 days ago #644249 by B-Sal
Hey y'all. Not sure if this belongs here, but I didn't see a forum section that would be more appropriate for this, so here's where I'm posting. If it's not the right place, apologies.

Anyway, I have a question for those of you who do product photography from home (preferably on a full time or near full time basis).

A family member suggested I look into doing this as a career, since I've been struggling to figure that part of my life out for a while now, and I've done a little research on it, and I'm intrigued, at the least. However, one bit of information I can't seem to find is how the people who do the job from their own home studios schedule themselves/their work hours, both in terms of day to day and how they manage their schedule so as to not overbook with clients...I guess another way to phrase the question would be, how far in advance do you schedule yourself (and by extension how much time do you set aside for each client/job)? I expect it would be time based, so maybe a third way to phrase the question is: How long do clients *expect* you to take? (Again, I realize
this will be based on size of job, but in terms of averages, what's the turnaround for what y'all would describe as a 'usual' job?)

Thanks in advance to anyone who replies.

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2 months 1 day ago #644594 by fmw
Most product photography is done at the client's location.  It may be handy to have a tabletop set up in your house for small products but it will be more important to have portable equipment such as light tents, strobes, backgrounds, tripods and so forth.

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