Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Staying Productive and Encouraged when you are Self Employed


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Sarah Bello, Hiwandergirl Nashville Photographer
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It’s an extraordinary thing to know what you want. Learning to leave room for the how and the when is a process. Maybe the continuing shift between I want it now and it’s worth waiting for is what keeps us on our toes.

My hiccup is drifting into my imagination where I may live for oh 2 to 10 hours, taking zero actions for the day. But over thinkers rejoice, I have a new exercise. And you get to make a list!
I make a shortlist of things I would like to accomplish today, this week and this month.  I have a “things to do to pay the rent” list and “working on my life and dreams “ list.
I alternate tackling an item off each list, sometimes they magically can be both.

Remember to put things that improve your health on that list. Taking a long walk in the park or making yourself a healthy breakfast in the morning isn’t paying your rent but it’s needed to keep you going. You are needed for your dream, you’re kind of the key part. Taking care of you should be on the daily list.

Social media is a rabbit hole for me but its also on both lists. I have to be on it every day BUT I can limit my time and increase the quality of that time. Being supportive of your creative friends is important! Liking images that are reposted and have 10K likes already is not. I stopped following anyone that didn’t fall into one of these 3 categories; people I know, accounts I engage with or that inspire me. My feed is so short now, it’s fantastic. I have time to engage with friends and find amazing new people.

Being self-employed will sometimes be all about the dollars and you lose your life. Being introverted and creative will sometimes be all about the dreaming and you lose your house.  BALANCE

For every action I check off the list, I can drift for an hour or so. Maybe I need to dance around the house for a while, take a nap, organize something that’s not important, surf the internet, watch foreign detective dramas, pretend pretend pretend, or eat….again.

Speckling my day with variety has been crazy beneficial. Because let’s be real, I can easily watch an entire season of something that brings no value to my life, eat 5 meals (two of which will be a sunflower seed butter sandwich) and call it a great day. And that’s okay when you need that but it can easily become habit-forming and detached from life. There is lasting joy in pursuing something meaningful to you.

Be not discouraged, the how and the when is a process uniquely your own. 




Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Photography: A Song in Your Heart (Musicians 2019)

I disappeared into music right before I started hiding behind a lens. Performing the Annie soundtrack for relatives is my earliest performance memory while my childhood friend and I wrote hundreds of love songs before we’d even talked to boys. I don’t know that I would have survived the struggles of my life without songs. It wasn't just the melodies; the stories became my stories. I had one for every situation I encountered, my emotional wingman. 

Photographing singer/songwriters have become a reignited passion in recent years. It’s difficult for me to enjoy something with strangers around. Concerts can either be overwhelming or immersing. My camera is a cloak for vulnerability. Grateful am I that I can merge my two loves. 


Stirring are these creative’s beautifully brave enough to write it down 
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then open up their insides for a room of strangers.


Adding more throughout 2019…

Photographer Sarah Bello
Instagram: Hiwandergirl

Jesse Daniel Edwards performing Bowery Vault, Nashville photographer Sarah Bello
Jesse Daniel Edwards

Jesse Daniel Edwards performing Bowery Vault, Nashville photographer Sarah Bello
Jesse Daniel Edwards


LA Edwards performing High Watt, Nashville photographer Sarah Bello
LA Edwards
LA Edwards performing High Watt, Nashville photographer Sarah Bello
LA Edwards

LA Edwards performing High Watt, Nashville photographer Sarah Bello
LA Edwards

LA Edwards performing High Watt, Nashville photographer Sarah Bello
LA Edwards

LA Edwards performing High Watt, Nashville photographer Sarah Bello
LA Edwards

LA Edwards performing High Watt, Nashville photographer Sarah Bello
LA Edwards

HER performing High Watt, Nashville photographer Sarah Bello
HER

HER performing High Watt, Nashville photographer Sarah Bello
HER

Kira Hooks performing 5spot, Nashville photographer Sarah Bello
Kira Hooks

Kira Hooks performing 5spot, Nashville photographer Sarah Bello
Kira Hooks

Anna Arata performing 5spot, Nashville photographer Sarah Bello
Anna Arata

Maya Devitry performing The Basement, Nashville Photographer Sarah Bello
Maya Devitry

Harrison Edwards, LA Edwards and Jesse Daniel Edwards performing Bowery Vault, Nashville photographer Sarah Bello
Harrison, Luke and Jesse Edwards

LA Edwards  performing Bowery Vault, Nashville photographer Sarah Bello
LA Edwards

LA Edwards, Harrison Edwards and Jesse Daniel Edwards performing Bowery Vault, Nashville photographer Sarah Bello
Luke, Harrison and Jesse Edwards

LA Edwards and Jesse Daniel Edwards performing Bowery Vault, Nashville photographer Sarah Bello
LA Edwards w/Jesse Daniel Edwards


Miya Folick performing The High Watt, Nashville photographer Sarah Bello Hiwandergirl
Miya Folick

Garet Powell Miya Folick performing The High Watt, Nashville photographer Sarah Bello Hiwandergirl
Garet Powell 

Miya Folick performing The High Watt, Nashville photographer Sarah Bello Hiwandergirl
Miya Folick

Miya Folick performing The High Watt, Nashville photographer Sarah Bello Hiwandergirl
Miya Folick

Miya Folick performing The High Watt, Nashville photographer Sarah Bello Hiwandergirl
Miya Folick


Sabine of Barrie performing The High Watt, Nashville photographer Sarah Bello Hiwandergirl
Sabine of Barrie

Barrie performing The High Watt, Nashville photographer Sarah Bello Hiwandergirl
Barrie

Buick Audra of Friendship Commanders performing The High Watt, Nashville photographer Sarah Bello Hiwandergirl
Buick Audra of Friendship Commanders

Jerry Roe of Friendship Commanders performing The High Watt, Nashville photographer Sarah Bello Hiwandergirl
Jerry Roe of Friendship Commanders

Stephen Mason of Jars of Clay performing at Gray Matters Studio, Nashville Photographer Sarah Bello
Stephen Mason of Jars of Clay 

Dan Haseltine of Jars of Clay performing Gray Matters Studio, Nashville Photographer Sarah Bello Hiwandergirl
Dan Haseltine of Jars of Clay

Matthew Odmark of Jars of Clay performing at Gray Matters Studio, Nashville Photographer Sarah Bello
Matthew Odmark of Jars of Clay

Kate Puckett performing 5spot, Nashville photographer Sarah Bello
Kate Puckett 

Kate Puckett, Kira Hooks and Anna Arata performing 5spot, Nashville photographer Sarah Bello
Kate Puckett, Kira Hooks and Anna Arata


Mariah Schneider of Slider performing The High Watt, Nashville photographer Sarah Bello Hiwandergirl
Mariah Schneider of Slider

Slider performing The High Watt, Nashville photographer Sarah Bello Hiwandergirl
Slider

Mariah Schneider performing with her mother at The Basement, Nashville photographer Sarah Bello Hiwandergirl
Mariah Schneider performing with her mother

Mariah Schneider performing at The Basement East, Nashville photographer Sarah Bello Hiwandergirl
Mariah Schneider


Christy performing at the Basement East, Nashville photographer Sarah Bello, Hiwandergirl
Choker

Jesse Daniel Edwards performing Cafe Coco, Nashville photographer Sarah Bello, Hiwandergirl
Jesse Daniel Edwards

Jesse Daniel Edwards performing Cafe Coco, Nashville photographer Sarah Bello, Hiwandergirl
Jesse Daniel Edwards

Jesse Daniel Edwards performing Cafe Coco, Nashville photographer Sarah Bello, Hiwandergirl
Jesse Daniel Edwards

Jesse Daniel Edwards performing Cafe Coco, Nashville photographer Sarah Bello, Hiwandergirl
Jesse Daniel Edwards


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Sunday, August 18, 2019

Portraits 2019 (Continually adding to for the remainder of 2019)

Following precious hearts around until I see something I must capture. The newest collection of portraits. Continually adding to for the remainder of 2019. 

Photographer Sarah Bello
Instagram: Hiwandergirl
Email: hiwandergirl@gmail.com



Ethereal children portraits Nashville Franklin TN photographer Sarah Bello Hiwandergirl


Nashville Franklin Tennessee Portrait photographer Sarah Bello, Hiwandergirl


Nashville Franklin Tennessee Portrait photographer Sarah Bello, Hiwandergirl


Nashville Franklin Tennessee Portrait photographer Sarah Bello, Hiwandergirl


Kira Hooks by Nashville Franklin Tennessee Portrait photographer Sarah Bello, Hiwandergirl

Bask, Nashville Photographer Sarah Bello


Ethereal children portraits Nashville Franklin TN photographer Sarah Bello Hiwandergirl


Engagement photographer, Nashville Franklin Tennessee Sarah Bello, Hiwandergirl


Kira Hooks by Nashville Franklin Tennessee Portrait photographer Sarah Bello, Hiwandergirl




Engagement photographer, Nashville Franklin Tennessee Sarah Bello, Hiwandergirl

Ethereal children portraits Nashville Franklin TN photographer Sarah Bello Hiwandergirl


Kira Hooks by Nashville Franklin Tennessee Portrait photographer Sarah Bello, Hiwandergirl


Ethereal children portraits Nashville Franklin TN photographer Sarah Bello Hiwandergirl

Mikala, Nashville Photographer Sarah Bello



Kira Hooks by Nashville Franklin Tennessee Portrait photographer Sarah Bello, Hiwandergirl


Engagement photographer, Nashville Franklin Tennessee Sarah Bello, Hiwandergirl


Kira Hooks by Nashville Franklin Tennessee Portrait photographer Sarah Bello, Hiwandergirl


Engagement photographer, Nashville Franklin Tennessee Sarah Bello, Hiwandergirl


Nashville photographer Sarah Bello, Hiwandergirl

Ethereal children portraits Nashville Franklin TN photographer Sarah Bello Hiwandergirl