10 ways to create a work life balance with your photography

(Image credit: David Shaw)
Meet the pro: David Shaw

David lives in Somerset, England. He is married with two young children and first started taking photos in 2015, about 9 months before the birth of his first child. 

Originally he focussed on birds, but as time became more of a precious commodity he switched to landscapes. "I thought I could be out while the kids were sleeping and still be a loving and present father."


In our modern fast-paced world, where emails ping on our smartphones and Instagram helps us to see what shots we’re missing out on at every second of the day, it can sometimes feel like we’re working all the time – or need to be. A dramatic outlook, yes, but there’s no doubt that the pressure on professional photographers has certainly increased with technology in recent years. 

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Lauren Scott
Freelance contributor/former Managing Editor

Lauren is a writer, reviewer, and photographer with ten years of experience in the camera industry. She's the former Managing Editor of Digital Camera World, and previously served as Editor of Digital Photographer magazine, Technique editor for PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine, and Deputy Editor of our sister publication, Digital Camera Magazine. An experienced journalist and freelance photographer, Lauren also has bylines at Tech Radar, Space.com, Canon Europe, PCGamesN, T3, Stuff, and British Airways' in-flight magazine (among others). When she's not testing gear for DCW, she's probably in the kitchen testing yet another new curry recipe or walking in the Cotswolds with her Flat-coated Retriever.