A Week in the Life: Behind the Scenes with Jeff and Erin

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Creative Rising Episode 305


This week, we’re taking you behind the scenes to experience what a typical work week looks like here at The Youngrens.

In true entrepreneur fashion though, this week was anything by typical.

We have a lot happening behind the scenes here at the studio, including hiring new team members, reworking our entire production workflow, and implementing a brand new childcare schedule to balance it all.

At times, it got a little crazy and our to-do lists felt never ending.

But we’re so thankful that we’ve created a time management system that expands and contracts to withstand the demands of creative entrepreneurship.

Listen to how our daily lives actually play out in real life, and enjoy your journey behind the scenes with us!

Resources Mentioned in this Episode:
Episode 301 | Time Management
NeuYear Planning Calendar
Traction by Gino Wickman

Quick Guide:

  • (02:36) Mon AM: How We Manage Our Weeks
  • (20:49) Mon PM: Dinner Date Night with Jeff
  • (27:20) Tues PM: Working Mom
  • (30:52) Wed AM: Jeff’s Crazy Day
  • (34:02) Wed PM: Interviews, Interviews, Interviews
  • (35:17) Thurs AM: How I Balance Mom Life, Work Life & Me Time
  • (46:56) Fri AM: Tackling a Massive To-Do List
  • (51:21) Fri PM: Late Nights, Exhaustion, & What Hustle Looks Like
  • (56:44) Sun PM: What Makes it All Worth It




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We're Jeff & Erin

We’re Jeff and Erin Youngren – and it’s our mission to help you thrive not just as a wedding photographer, but as a business owner. It’s time to set aside the stress and comparison of a hustle mindset, and build a life-giving business instead.

We met in college, got married, and started corporate jobs before we discovered (and fell in love with) wedding photography. But like many creative entrepreneurs, we were booking anything we could, strapped to our laptops and living dangerously close to burnout.

So we dug in and learned how to build a thriving business that supports our dream life – instead of a joyless business that runs a stressed-out life.

Today, we photograph only 10 Dreamie weddings per year, but we also run two other wedding brands plus a commercial studio in San Diego, CA. And we do it by only working the hours that fit into our life. The other hours? We spend those living a joyful life raising our two beautiful sons, James and Samuel.


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