When people ask me what I do, my usual response is something like; "Media" or "Real Estate Photographer". I get really self-conscious when I answer that question. It's not because I'm not proud of the work I do, it's mostly because I hate the idea of being put in a box. Not just in other people's minds but my own too. I think because what I do for day-to-day work, you know the thing that pays the bills, is what I do but not what I DO.
So Sarah, what do you DO?
It's hard to explain but eventually when I complete projects for this site I'll be doing what I DO.
Don't hear what I'm not saying, I'm pretty damn committed to what I do for work. Sometimes definitely on an unhealthy level, but whatever I'm young right? The hard part is creating boundaries. Especially when you're a loyal person. Loyal to a cause. A person. A team.
Monday's are usually full days. My favorite part about that is cueing up podcasts on Sunday night. It feels like one of those Choose Your Own Destiny books. I would love some recommendations by the way. It probably helps to know that I spend a lot of time in the car.
Like A LOT.
If I shoot a full day, 8a-7p, probably something like 6/11 of those hours are spent in the car.
After about a year and a half of this I guess you can say I've had a lot of time to get to know myself. Even then, I seem endless. As we all are.
I love the days when I have appointments with a bunch of my favorite realtors. I have met so many incredible people through this job. People that have literally spoken into my life words that enticed change, confidence, and love. That is what I am most thankful for.
When I get done shooting for the day. I go home and start processing my photos. Sometimes this means up to an hour of waiting. So while that's happening, I try to do something to move my body. I usually skate or ride my bike, but lately I've been trying to go to the gym. Mainly because I don't want my membership to go to waste. Ha. I feel better when I go anyways so it's a win-win. It's usually 8 or 9 by the time I start editing if I eat dinner first.
Here's what I've come to realize about workdays:
There are these seasons we go through not just in life, but work too.
Sometimes you have to go ahead and call it spring even if the groundhog hasn't shown up.
Sometimes you have to see it for what it is and not what you're wishing it was. I think that's when the cloudiness goes away. You can't base your life and career off of the promises of others. Especially empty promises.
So you do whatever it is that you're made to do. Some people will think your crazy, ungrateful, or just plain stupid. But those people don't know the seasons you've seen. So you keep doing what it is that you need to do. You shut up and take care of yourself, so you can take care of others. You do the work. All of it. Not just the work you need to do for others, but most importantly the work you need to do for yourself.
Anyways here are some shots over the past few months. I never really look at my old stuff so it's cool to see how much better I've gotten since I took these.