A typical day consisted of arriving at a school at 6:45 to set up your studio and be ready to shoot at 8:00. There are almost always at least 2 photographers at each shoot, splitting around 30 classes per school (which varies depending on the size). During the Fall season, you were often done by 1:00, but in the Spring shoots mostly last until the end of the school day around 3:00.
The hardest part of the job was putting out fires when school admins misunderstood or changed the schedule or location of the shoot, then get upset when shoots take longer than expected.
Our equipment was pretty old, sometimes faulty, and the software always had some sort of glitch and had to be replaced with an updated version that had a different glitch.
Management was mostly great, everyone was pretty nice and helpful, but they could communicate better what they wanted out of each shoot. Co-workers were great if they were reliable, and most of them were.
The most enjoyable part of the job was getting paid to take pictures and being home before 4:00 most days.