We had the good fortune of connecting with Holly Sigafoos and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Holly, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
A work life balance is always an area of growth for me. When I began my photography career I threw myself into every aspect and didn’t take a break. My thoughts were completely consumed with my new career. It took me a while to realize that wasn’t healthy and it ultimately led to a burn out. In hind sight, I should have seen that coming. When you love what you do, it tends to take over every other aspect. For me it has taken a lot of work and constant reminder that having a balance even with a job I love is so important for my own personal growth. I now schedule days off, plan my work week out ahead of time and found systems to allow my workflow to not completely consume me. I still make mistakes and over book myself, but each time Im gently reminded to take some time to rest. I used to feel guilty for taking a day off when there was work to be done, and honestly, sometimes I still do. I am constantly reminding myself that having a work life balance is so important to giving my clients the very best of me.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Im a wedding photographer for the coastal romantics. After years of trying to be a photographer for anyone I was reminded that I can’t serve everyone. I’ve worked hard over the years to figure out what my editing style was and being confident in that. I think one of the hardest parts of this industry is comparing ourselves to others in the same niche. While I truly believe there is always room to grow, I also know that it’s important to not compare and just to be confident in what I do! After going to school to get my degree in psychology, I thought I had it all figured out. I would have never guessed the hobby I had growing up with turn into a career path that I absolutely love.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Oh my! I have so many great ideas! Living in Orange County means endless beautiful sights to see and delicious restaurants. If you are in town a walk with coffee in hand at the harbor is a must see. You can’t go wrong with any local restaurants either. Be sure to take some time to tour San Clemente and Laguna Beach as well. If time permits take a short drive down to San Diego.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Truth is, I wouldn’t be where I am today without every experience, good and bad. Im grateful for a husband who always supports me, a group of vendor friends who always encourage me to grow and keep at it and the clients that continue to hire me.
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