We are excited to continue an ongoing series of Day in the Life Features from some of our fabulous contributors. These blog posts will take you through an average day of some of the top photographers in the industry.
Today we are pleased to feature Georgia Wiggs of Georgia Wiggs Photography. Enjoy~
I set my alarm at 6:05am every morning with the intention to get into the studio early. Generally I’m able to drag myself out of bed (after many rounds of pressing the 5 min snooze button or cuddling in to the furry cats!) at 6:30am.
From here it’s a mad rush to get out the door by 7:10, shower, dry hair, perhaps some makeup then my morning coffee and breakfast; that helps me feel a bit more human.
My daily commute into the studio is a long one. Firstly I drive 15 minutes to the station, walk about a 1km or so to the train station. Parking any closer is virtually impossible to find! Then it’s a 1 hour train trip into Melbourne. I generally spend this trip doing a mixture of these three things: reading, listening to music or gazing out the window whilst I mentally sort out the tasks that need to be done today. Occasionally answering some urgent e-mails on my phone although I prefer to do this at my computer.
Once I reach the studio I get straight to work. Retouching from 9-5pm. For lunch I’ll either reheat the previous night’s dinner or go for a wander up the street, it’s a good opportunity to get outside and stretch my legs. There’s no shortage of food choices but today we all decided to go out for an extended lunch break and have lunch and a beer at the local sun-drenched beer garden.
After the day’s work is done I’ll then prepare for meetings at the studio, I always try to meet with couples face to face prior to booking. After the meetings I may send a few quick emails off from the office, look over the calendar for the next month and make notes of what needs to be done. Then it’s back on the train for another hour or so.
The trip home is often a good opportunity to reflect on the day and really organize what needs to be finished before the day ends. I generally arrive back at home around 6:30pm, luckily there’s still some leftovers from last night’s dinner in the fridge, so I pop them in the microwave and settle down to finish off the day’s tasks. Often I arrive home to a freshly cooked meal, which I am truly grateful for! Once I’ve eaten I’ll get the cats inside and feed them they are generally meowing in protest by then.
Tonight I’ll sit on the couch in front of the TV working away on my laptop, catching up with wedding processing, more emails and album designs. Sometimes I hang out and relax with my partner but today this is my business time, where I focus on all the little things that need doing. As it’s a Friday I also triple check that all my gear is packed for a weekend full of shooting. I always try to fit in 10 minutes of piano time. I simply love playing piano, and although I’m not particularly skillful it never fails to relax me. When it hits about 10:30pm I start promising myself that I’ll go to bed soon. I actually start to wrap things up at around 11:30, go up to bed, reset my alarm and fall asleep. Dreaming of a desperately needed sleep in!
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From a very early age I loved taking pictures and looking at them in magazines and books, but the art of photography captured my heart when I was a teenager, on my first overseas trip to Wales. From that point, I began shooting with a little film SLR and having my friend model for me. In college I took some digital photography and visual communication courses as part of my communication studies major, and decided to pursue a career in photography. I became a legal business and took my first paid client at age 20, and it's been quite a journey and adventure over the past nine years.
I secretly bought a mail-order 35mm camera when I was 15, and took lots of ordinary photos of animals and nature for several years. Although I majored in art and studied photography in college, my career started in marketing and advertising, from the client service end. Then I had the most beautiful baby, found my old camera and realized how much I love photographing people.