A few days ago, I posted Do What You Love – Part 1. Here is part 2…
A couple of days ago, I talked about how a big goal of mine is to work with and promote wonderful, smart, vibrant women. A couple weeks ago, I had the pleasure of working with two such women. Kristin, my dear dear friend, and owner of Betty Designs and Elise Walker, arguably one of the nicest, most beautiful humans inside and out. Both are bright, fit, athletic and driven in their own ways. We had 20s, 30s and 40s represented – three happy women (and one great photographer, Matt, the token male) together for the Betty Designs photo shoot to promote the new line.
Aside from relaxing on a tropical beach somewhere, reading a good book or sitting on my yoga mat, working on the set of a photo shoot is one of my happiest places to be. I love taking care of the little details so the photographer can focus on the light and the model can relax knowing someone’s dedicated to making her look good. There is nothing more frustrating than getting a great shot only find out the logo was hidden or the model’s hair is hiding a key feature. When I’m on a shoot, time flies and I lose myself in the mood, the collaborative effort of the model and photographer and it all just flows. Creating the mood, putting the respective players at ease…I can go on and on!
Point being, when you are doing what you love, you can talk about it for hours. You can’t wait to get up and do it again. And work just flies. I have a friend who’s a social media genius. He can go on and on about analytics, pros and cons of buying tweets, the problem with bots (bots???), etc. Another friend, an oncology nurse, can tell stories with such passion and humor about a typical day at her office. Any one of her numerous scenarios would send most of us to tears, but she loves it and her team is so lucky to have her. Before you think I’ve gone too idealistic, I know there will be things about any dream job that you may not love. For me, I’m not big on researching permits and I don’t particularly enjoy negotiating rates or dealing with accounting. But it’s the cost of doing business (sometimes literally) and, in the grand scheme of things, it’s worth it.
Both of these shoots were so fun. Four gorgeous athletes and two days of play time. Well, if you consider play squatting on the floor with the photographer, lining up booties, straightening shirts and making sure the beautiful Kristin’s shorts aren’t hidden by her book. Which, lucky for me, I totally do! As I progress on my life journey, I’m going to always strive to find joy in what I do. To promote value, vitality, good health and being kind to one another is always at the front of my mind. For now, writing copy (in all forms) and producing shoots are both such personally satisfying vehicles for me to express these things are to world. To minimize cynicism and degradation of women (often self inflicted), to show many forms of beauty and to encourage people to take some risks to achieve personal happiness. What if we could all do this for each other? How amazing would that feel for all of us each day?
Just some things I’m musing about as a big birthday approaches mid March. Have a happy happy weekend ♥