A Day in the Life of a Photographer

There is a creative process to any art form, and for each artisan it is different. There is no one way or right way, but the goal is the same: to grow in your craft as an artist. When asked, Cocoa Beach resident, master photographer and award-winning photographer Ray Baldino shares that what spurs him on to grow creatively is producing a series of shots each year based on a different artistic theme that appeals to him.

But what about his daily life? What are the steps he takes there? This is what we found out.

6 a.m. — Rise and shine

6:45 a.m. – 10 a.m. — Retouching portraits from previous shoots

10:15 a.m. — Respond to emails

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. — Gym

1 p.m. — Lunch

2 p.m. — Set up for first shoot (test equipment, set up lighting, set props for backdrops)

2:45 p.m. — Welcome clients, provide tour of studio, answer questions

4 p.m. — Deliver portraits late afternoon

5:00 – 5:30 p.m. — Done with shoots/deliveries

5:30 – 6:00 p.m. — Review and set schedule for the following day

While an average day for Ray is 12 hours, during summer months, sunset portraits can extend his schedule well into the evening, where he often finds himself taking clients to the beach an hour before sunset to capture the best shots. It’s all in a day’s work.