Live: Studio Manager Series 2023

The Studio Manager Playbook

Calling all studio managers! Want the secret to a thriving eCommerce studio? We’re building a guide of tried-and-true best practices to help your team succeed. Sign up to receive your free playbook - launching in Fall 2023.

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Unique industry insights - all in one place

We’ve tapped into our global network of eCommerce studio managers to bring you industry secrets to running a successful studio - wrapped up in one free, helpful playbook. Our upcoming Studio Manager Playbook is your must-have quick guide focusing on 4 key aspects of studio management:

Creative Collaboration

Learn how to build a cohesive studio team, unleash their creativity, communicate effectively - and quickly resolve any conflicts.

Software Connectivity

Discover how emerging technology can transform your studio operations, save you time and slash costs - and learn how to choose the right tools.

Studio Control

Build bulletproof quality control into your processes with tips on budgeting, stakeholder communication and risk management.

Team productivity

Fire up productivity with guides to streamlining workflows, optimizing studio space and tracking performance metrics for enhanced efficiency.


Introducing the Studio Manager Series

The eCommerce photography studio landscape is changing fast - and technology has a big part to play. 

The Studio Manager Series is our vision for guides, best practices, playbooks and handbooks that help studio managers everywhere do their best work in an evolving industry. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or newcomer.

Our first release is the Studio Manager Playbook coming in Fall 2023.  
Can’t wait to access play-by-play guides? We’ll be releasing deep-dives into some of the Playbook topics on our blog. Just look out for posts with The Studio Manager Series stamp. 

I'll be your friendly guide through the dynamic world of studio management. By researching and reaching out to global industry leaders, I hope this becomes a valuable resource in the fast-paced world of eCommerce content creation.

Jason Donnelly

Jason Donnelly

Head Writer

Table of contents

What can I look forward to?

Discover the essence of effective studio management as we delve into the modern studio manager's role, trace its historical transformation, explore the changing landscape ahead, and recognize the crucial importance of effective studio management today.
What is in this chapter?
  • Who is a studio manager today?
  • How the role has historically changed
  • A nod to the future
  • Why effective studio management is more important than ever
Controlling high volume operations
Maintain control in high-volume eCommerce photo studios by enforcing quality standards, managing budgets effectively, and communicating transparently with clients.
What is in this chapter?
  • Setting and enforcing quality standards
  • Budget and resource management
  • Managing client expectations
  • Risk management
Collaboration in creative teams
Unlock the power of collaboration by building cohesive teams, establishing clear communication channels, fostering a creative environment, and resolving conflicts harmoniously within your studio.
What is in this chapter?
  • Building a cohesive team
  • Effective communication
  • Fostering a creative environment
  • Conflict resolution
Productivity in the studio
Boost productivity by streamlining workflows, optimizing studio spaces, implementing effective time management strategies, and tracking key performance metrics for continuous improvement.
What is in this chapter?
  • Streamlining workflows
  • Optimizing the physical studio space
  • Time management and planning
  • Setting and tracking performance metrics
Connecting technologies
Harness seamless connectivity through strategic software selection, integrated project management tools, centralized data hubs, and leveraging emerging technologies for improved studio operations.
What is in this chapter?
  • Improving studio operations with emerging technology
  • Selecting the right software
  • Seamless integrations
  • Centralizing information
Action plans
Recap the essential points covered in this playbook, highlight the importance of continuous improvement and adaptation, and embrace the ever-evolving future of studio management with confidence and resilience.
What is in this chapter?
  • Recap of key points
  • Emphasizing continuous improvement and adaptation
  • Wrap up on the future


Learn new strategies or freshen up your skills

Intro to Studio Management in 2023
Smarter studio planning and overview
Set realistic goals in a high volume setting
Building a cohesive team
Enforce quality standards
Setting and tracking KPI's for studio success
Optimize physical studio space
Techniques for continuous improvement
Using emerging technologies
Centralize data to manage high-volume shoots

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Not convinced it's for you? Feel free to dive into some of the take-aways.

How to improve communication skills on set

Defining roles and responsibilities is a necessity. It’s important to ensure that everyone on the team knows their roles, responsibilities, and who they should be communicating with regularly. This clarity helps prevent misunderstandings and ensures everyone is on the same page. Having it in writing could be a game-changer for many photo studios (just be wary of the dreaded phrase, “That’s not my job.”)

Use tools that streamline communication, such as project management and workflow software, video conferencing tools, and messaging platforms. These tools help keep everyone updated and provide a centralized space for information sharing. Remember that there’s a big difference between having these tools and using them. 

Create a solid workflow that establishes protocols and standards for studio communication. These guidelines can include response time expectations, preferred channels for different types of team communication, and instructions on how to escalate issues. Again, having a standard will help everyone in the studio. Best scenario? Everyone is so on top of things that referring back to the guidelines isn’t necessary. 

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Retaining top talent: keeping your team together

You've put in the work to hire and train an effective team, but how do you keep them engaged and loyal to your studio? Retention is key to maintaining a cohesive and efficient team.

Recognition and Rewards
Acknowledge your team's hard work and accomplishments. This can be as simple as a shout-out during team meetings or as elaborate as an annual awards ceremony. Recognizing individual and team achievements fosters a positive work environment and motivates your team to continue delivering outstanding results.

Professional Development Opportunities
Invest in your team's growth by providing them with opportunities to learn and develop new skills. This could include workshops, online courses, or industry conferences. Supporting their professional development not only benefits your business but also shows your team that you care about their long-term career success.

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Building trust through good team communication

Communication builds trust and trust builds solid studios. Trust is a critical component of effective collaboration and they work hand in hand. Below are 3 exercises that can help your eCommerce photo studio build a solid trust foundation.

Be transparent (as possible): Share information openly, including successes and challenges. While it may be hard to know exactly what needs to be shared, the more you can, the more your team will feel connected and trust you and the organization.

Listen actively:
For some of us, we’ll need to practice this one. Show that you value others' input by listening to their ideas and concerns without judgment. This fosters an environment where team members feel comfortable sharing their thoughts and opinions, which also builds trust.

Provide constructive feedback:
The important word here is, “constructive.” Offer feedback that helps team members grow and improve, while also recognizing their strengths and achievements. Show your employees that they are an important part of the organization and their success is important to you. 

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