As a Sicilian olive farmer once told me, life is about finding balance. If you work 8 hours a day at something that you are truly passionate about and love, spend 8 hours a day doing things that you enjoy and are good for you, and get 8 hours of restful sleep,
you'll achieve the balance to have a happy life. And he and his family were some of the happiest people I've ever met. So I try to keep his wise words in mind as I build this non-traditional life for myself. I did the whole multiple-jobs-at-the-same-time-just-to-live-paycheck-to-paycheck-in-the-big-city thing, I worked the restaurant jobs that gave me zero personal time or breaks, I did what I thought I had to do in order to have a 401(k). And I'm doing things a little differently now.
I have no support, I have no guaranteed paychecks, I have no bosses, I have no set schedule, I don't have multiple departments to handle the things that need to get done. I have myself. And I love it.
Sometimes I find myself wanting to go out and explore and have fun and meet people and enjoy myself. And sometimes I park myself in front of my laptop and spend days on a project, working late into the night. Lately, I've been striving to find that perfect balance. I have list upon list of things to do and be working on, researching, improving on when I'm not at the actual photoshoots. And while the weight of those lists can get heavy, I make sure to take an hour a few times a week to go to the pool. I try to enjoy meals and cooking and eating mindfully. I schedule times around photoshoots to see friends in the area and have a coffee.
The beauty of this life is I have the freedom to find my own recipe for success. If anything goes wrong, I have no one to blame but myself. But as I improve and my business grows, I get to proudly smile, with a nice tan to boot.
The flyers above are some of the latest I've made to share on social media to garner new clients and to showcase my style of photography. I don't have regrets because they're futile, but if I knew how much of my life was going to be spent on designing infographics and maintaining multiple social media sites every single day just to promote myself, I would have started this whole process years ago! Social media is no joke. Consistency, authenticity, quality... you have to have all of those things. Instagram, Facebook pages, Pinterest, and my website are the big tools I use the most frequently.
Anyways, I just wanted to share a little bit of the behind-the-scenes look at what my life is like. Every day on the computer and my cell phone, some days taking photos, but pretty happy all of the time!
Danielle Desnoyers Photography
Danielle Desnoyers is a traveling freelance photographer with a focus on humanitarian, travel, and family photography. She currently splits her time between the United States and Vietnam with travels to other countries as well.