A selection of some of Sarah’s favourite photographs
What are three time management tips you swear by?
Time management is something that I’m forever trying to improve and I’m often on the prowl for a new app or device that can ‘solve all’! I did find a great app called Calendars 5, which allows us all to run a joint diary on the go via our iPhones. It’s colour coded and is incredibly helpful to be able to see at a glance who is home for dinner and how the week is shaping up. etc.
Plan and plan again, especially for tightly timed shoots, but then there comes a time when, despite best-laid plans, one must loosen the expectations and adapt, rolling with changes as they occur. I endeavour to remember to build in space for ‘unexpecteds’ which can always occur, e.g. illness but even an unplanned phone call or delay in chasing up a supplier delivery can very quickly steal time from what has otherwise been a ‘perfectly’ planned day.
Remove distraction and block off time chunks where effective hyperfocus is possible without having to multitask. I especially do this when editing a large shoot which can entail literally 1000+ images.
What is your approach to health and wellbeing?
I grew up with balanced eating but those were the days prior to how much we know now about the importance of diet and the effect it has on total wellness. I tend to be much more mindful of what fuels me – not necessarily obsessively but tipping the balance towards “clean eating” as much as possible. This includes organic fresh produce. I can’t quite totally cut out wine or my favourite cocktail, cosmopolitans, but I do actually buy organic rosé.
After reading Shannon Harvey’s Book, The Whole Health Life, it became even more apparent to me that food and exercise alone are only of limited use if we also don’t address what is going on in our minds. This is where mindfulness and meditation have thankfully become a lot more accepted and adopted more widely in recent years. Added to this is the work of Brene Brown and others which highlights that vulnerability, positive emotions, gratitude, and other inner strengths lower stress, and contribute to well-being. I do my best to get the balance right but as we know, often easier said than done!
For daily exercise and to give my eyes a break from the screen, I get out into nature and walk in our local, hilly, parkland. This combined with my strength training at Kieser keeps my photographic muscles strong and healthy. Previously running around at weddings with two cameras, for up to 12 hours was great exercise. I’m sure my muscles are missing it!
Sarah’s little list of loves:
Springtime and my annual apple blossom
My private tuition clients – helping them to enjoy their innate creativity in not only taking great photos but also getting those memories off the computer and into print. It’s especially such a delight recently to help a home come to life with a stunning photo wall full clients images printed on matte metal & box framed at Print 2 Metal
Designing my new website and choosing a selection of my favourite images which will be available to purchase in my print store
Planning a fabulous programme for my upcoming Luxury Photography Retreat in the Bahamas in July next year
Learning to roll with the ups and downs of living with teenagers (young adults) – another stage of parenting that despite its challenges often does bring a lot of warmth and fulfilment
Laughs with old friends, even if some black humour is needed at times; I’m always up for a good laugh.
Speaking of laughs Russel Coight being back on television, priceless.
I’m lucky enough to be able to call our previous longterm babysitter one of my closest friends. She has just had her first baby, called Kiki, and I’m loving her to bits already.
Ultimately… ‘the little things, the little moments, they aren’t little’ (John Kabat-Zinn)