We had the good fortune of connecting with Sandra Greer and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sandra, what do you want people to remember about you?
I think that the biggest legacy I can leave behind is my children. I want them to continue to see the best in others, to always lend a helping hand, to love one another, and always remember that they can see the beauty in simple things. I would want people to be able to look back on their photos and remember that I was able to give them a moment that they could cherish for the rest of their lives. I would hope that the work that my kids and I do, would give someone else the idea to always find ways to help others. No matter how small the gesture is.
Please tell us more about your career. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way.
When I think back to when I first bought my camera and had my first “professional” shoot, to where I am now, there is a drastic difference. I had so many moments where I doubted myself, doubted my creativity, doubted if I was doing the right thing. Being a professional photographer in a world of Iphone’s and Pinterest, if you aren’t creating the same thing that your clients see, could easily take you out of the circle. My biggest challenged that I faced, was a challenge that I created for myself. I wanted to create authenticity in my work. I wanted to capture true laughter, tears, excitement, joy, and sometimes pain. I didn’t want to over-edit my work, use all the up to date filters, or create something that you will find again on Pinterest. I wanted to create a business for myself that valued the moment. I wanted to have my clients look at one photo, and be taken back to that exact moment and feel all those emotions again. And the fact that I have managed to do that, is what I am most proud of. I also fought very hard to have a business that finds any opportunity that I could to donate and help others who might be struggling.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I am a huge outdoor and food fanatic, Downtown Phoenix has so many opportunities for both. One of the best places to be in Downtown Phoenix is at a baseball game. There is absolutely a whole different feeling of being surrounded by the game, the food, the people, the sounds and the atmosphere. However, the first stop would have to be the Breakfast Club!!!! Enjoying great food and great company, sitting outside and taking in the sun. Lunch, definitely Irma’s restaurant in the heart of the Grand Ave Art district. While there, walking over to check out the local artwork at Sisao Gallery as well as Grand ArtHaus Depending on the time of the year, visiting the Ice Skating rink in the center of downtown almost gives you the feel of Christmas time. There are so many thrift stores to also check on on 7th Ave and finding such great and interesting items to refurbish and create into your own.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My biggest shout out is to my kids, Mia and Wyatt. Although they are too little to understand, they are my biggest fans, my greatest encouragement to continue creating a world for them that is kind, and my supports when everything else is the world is uncertain. They inspire me every day to do everything in my power to show them that nothing is impossible.
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