These past years, I've been featuring inspiring stories of people who have chosen to tread the narrow road to pursue their passion. Some found a higher purpose in their endeavors. Others achieved the fulfillment of leaving a day job for their work vocation. All took a leap of faith.
I open this year's feature blog with the story of a husband-wife tandem, who shared a dream and made their dreamwork come true. Meet Carlos Guiterrez, photoartist of CG Photography and his wife Alejandra, the powerhouse behind his success. Find inspiration in their love and life story.
How does your day look like? Do you have a routine?
My daily routine has changed so much as a full-time photographer. One of the most significant benefits is that I'm my own boss now. I can basically wake up and start working at any time of the day. I love it. I usually wake up around 8 am. The first thing I do is what I call "office work." This means I'll reply to emails, check on current clients, check on inquiries, send over packages, do marketing, post on social media, etc.
I'll do all of that in the first part of the day. Then my wife cooks a delicious lunch around 12 pm. It's funny how, when I used to work for a company, I would spend as much time as possible outside the office and enjoy lunchtime. Now it's the opposite. I can't wait to go back to the computer and continue my workday. From 12- 4 pm, I edit the photos and videos.
It sounds tedious because it's time-consuming, but don't get me wrong. I love editing and every aspect of my business. Usually, after 4 pm, I do an engagement or family photo session booked for sunset pictures for one of my new clients. Sometimes I drive an hour or so to meet with them because we service the whole DFW area. I come home around 6 pm, and that's when I spend time with my Alejandra and my now 11-month-old son Matthew. We have dinner, watch a movie or do something fun with the baby. The last hours of my day from 10:30- 12 am, I do more "office work," replying to emails from the day, and planning my next day schedule.