CJ Wilkes

About CJ Wilkes Photography

Capturing Your Dance In The Rain is such a thrill and joy to me. Being able to look back on those special times through beautiful artistic imagery makes it a worthwhile challenge.
Learning to Dance in the Rain has been very easy for me. I am drawn to Water & Life! The exciting part for me is to teach you to enjoy your moment in the dance as I capture it from behind my camera.
Looking forward to Capturing Your Dance In The Rain
CJ Wilkes

Organization in Photography or Digital Art

Organization is vital in my workflow. On my Hard drive I have files broken down within Business, within year, within Month, within Day, and then to the individual session names. In those files I have Edited, Non Edited, Purchase Order, Album, PSD, RAW, Web images.


My system makes it easy for me to find things on the computer. However, I am not just using the computer. I have to record my workflow as well and my appointments – Dates for shoot, Dates for completion, Dates for ordering. I also need to record the orders and so forth.

On my desk I always have pen and small notepad for recording my workflow. That is a must! Why? Well, I can record an action, but for me to make a nice neat action that works flawlessly, I need to know what I did exactly. So as I go through an image for a set I will then write down exactly what I do. Every detail. By doing so I understand the process thoroughly. Then I can record my action on the next image and use it for the entire set. Consistency is so vital if you want your work to be considered professional. A client appreciates it too, when they can use the images from one session on one wall or in an album and not have to worry about whether it flows with the other images.

In my file holder I have folders for each client. In that folder I have their discount & contracts.


In the image above, you can see my daughter (and assistant for the day) holding one of those such files with Contract agreement and pen. Yes, I color code my folders using my business colors. Because I am like that, HaHa! This image was taken at a wedding shoot on a very rainy day (Seattle LDS Temple in Dec.)

Then a daily planner or calendar. All of these are a must! I wish my brain worked like a super computer, but after a 5 children, 3 businesses, and just life – I can’t keep it all straight. So I turned to Franklin Covey & a wall calender with my favorite images or quotes. All in the pursuit of organization.

Here is a discount from Franklin Covey for all of you who like to keep ultra organized like me.


(That offer is good until Feb. 27, 2015)

I was searching for a calendar but realize you would all have different taste than I. I love Maxine and anything that will make me laugh or landscape images. I will look and see if I can find a great discount for wall calendars though. For now enjoy looking over Franklin Covey products.

My next step in organization is a huge 7 foot wire shelving that keeps my cd’s, video’s coupons, boxes, wrapping, programs, anything business related to CJ Wilkes Photography.
And finally, I have 2 large boxes with product in it to share with customers. This is where I store some of each of my products I offer to customers. These boxes go with me to a shoot so I can let the customers see and feel product in person. If they choose to wait until time to order then can view the product on my shelves and walls.

When you are working and developing your workflow, it is vital that you come up with a system that works for you. If not, things get lost and very very frustrating. Because of the steps I take, I usually am able to find what I need in moments.


Just a little write up on the importance of Organization to me and my business.

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2 Responses to “Organization in Photography or Digital Art”

  1. Ed Ward says:

    Great advise, Cindy. Thanks.

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