Our lovely contributor, Jessica Glynn, joins us today for a Day In The Life feature. These blog posts will take you through a typical day with some of our favorite photographers. Enjoy ~
My daily routine typically turns out one of three ways- organizing, editing/retouching or shooting. I love that each day is different and that unexpected things always happen. Having a balanced work/life routine can be hard to manage when there are so many options and unforeseen changes to how a day can go.
My day starts early on weekdays and I'm always longing for more sleep. However, having a 6-year old that needs to get to school has us up and out early. Before I get out of bed, I spent 10 minutes checking emails, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Then I get up and help my daughter get dressed, braid her hair, pack her lunch and feed our dog, Sky. Meanwhile, my husband is up making her breakfast. If I have time I will make myself a fruit smoothie or bring a big jug of water in the car and off to school we go.
After I return from the school run, I take a hot shower and make a mug of herbal tea- I love Tazo Calm Chamomile. I exercise at home by doing a combination of Iyengar yoga, Egoscue, Five Tibetan Rites and Dynamic Stretching. I have always had a lot of neck and back pain and this helps keep me flexible. Afterwards I’m usually pretty hungry and ready for breakfast. As a born-and-bred New Yorker, I have a soft spot for bagels and cream cheese. However, I now eat both gluten-free and dairy-free (Tofutti cream cheese and Sami’s Bakery Millet bagels).
Next, I sit down and plan my day. I start by checking emails and creating a to-do list prioritizing what I want to accomplish that day. Normally, I follow-up on stock photography requests, plan for upcoming shoots, blog about current work, compose newsletter emails and any other tasks that need to be done!
A big focus for the past two years has been my book. Palm Beach Chic is an insider’s tour of 25 Palm Beach residences focusing on interior design and architecture. I worked with writer Jennifer Ash Rudick who is a contributing editor toVeranda magazine. She also produced and directed the documentary Diner en Blanc: The World’s Largest Dinner Party and produced Iris: New York’s Rare Bird of Fashion. The book has been getting rave reviews in Architectural Digest, Departures, The Wall Street Journal and other publications and blogs. I have been doing a lot of book signings since the launch of the book. It is so fun to go out and meet people who are excited about my work!
My days at my home studio are mostly about editing and retouching. About once a week I have a photo shoot and these days are fun, but I always get nervous and have butterflies before shoots hoping everything will go well. I have to keep a close eye on the weather forecasts, inform clients about potential problems based on test shots, make sure all equipment is clean, charged, and running well.
Most days my father picks my daughter up from school which gives me a few more hours for office work. Either my husband or I pick her up around 5:30 then rest of the evening is focused on homework, dinner, a walk around the neighborhood, bath time and books before bed. It is really important that we have a good routine at night. It’s a long day for everyone and we try to do something fun to unwind- like fishing, tennis or puzzles.
Around 8:30 p.m. my daughter is in bed and I have some time to catch up on any late emails from clients. I normally wind-down with another cup of herbal tea and watch TV with my husband, take a warm bath, read a book, or we make home renovating decisions. My husband, Gerard, is a general contractor and we have been renovating our house, which was built in 1967, for the past year and a half. It was a major undertaking but it is finally almost done. Then it’s time for us to head to bed around 10pm or 11pm.
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Hi! Tell us a little bit about yourself. What was your road like to becoming a photographer?
Hello! I am a portrait photographer based south of Boston, MA. My passion is capturing mothers and their growing families. Maternity and newborn portraits are the foundation of my business, and I also capture baby milestones, children, and families. Fun fact: I returned the diamond earrings my husband bought me for our first Christmas as a married couple to buy a digital camera.
When I was in college, I had a friend who was a professional photographer. The first time I went to her home, I walked in to find stunning photographs of her children on the walls.
There was a huge canvas in their living room and a creative photo display in the main hallway. I remember being so moved by the beauty of those images, thinking to myself, “I want to create images like this!” I bought myself a DSLR as a graduation present, learned photography from online courses and started my photography business about a year later.