In The Days of Our Lives we meet some fascinating and creative folk and take a look at what their typical day holds. Far from being about the mundane, it is a celebration of what it takes to juggle the day-to-day with big ideas, a successful business and a full home life. It’s about keeping all the balls in the air – what is important and what isn’t. It’s about (extra)ordinary moments that fill our every day.
This week I’d like to introduce you to Liz Sunshine, the creator and fashion photographer behind STREET SMITH. Since 2012 STREET SMITH has been covering events, trends and looks from the streets of Melbourne, plus collaborating and creating content for brands and blogs.
Next week, Liz will be taking part in a panel discussion at Melbourne Spring Fashion Week’s Industry Day. Joined by other dynamic business owners, including Nahji Chu (MissChu), Liz will be discussing tips, hurdles and her motivation to make her mark. You can find out more and purchase tickets here.
This is a day in Liz’s life as one of Melbourne’s most well-known fashion photographers…
Liz Sunshine, STREET SMITH
I always wake up with a tea of lemon and honey, my husband has already gone to work and the house is still quiet, the day hasn’t really begun. I spend the first hours of my morning catching up on emails and reading blogs or online magazines.
My days vary so much that there isn’t really a typical day, so by 9am I’m doing one or a combination of the few things listed below.
Part of what I do is creating content for brands, so by 9 am I am often off out the door with a banana for breaky and my camera in hand. When I’m shooting for a client the city is my office. I live in St Kilda, but favour Richmond and Melbourne as my go to destinations. A shoot like this can go from an hour to a full day and often entails hanging out with amazing people and laughing a lot.
Not only do I create organised content for brand, but often get commissioned to shoot organic/random people in the street, so this is option number two. I always head to locations where there are a lot of people, so Bourke Street, Chapel or Brunswick are always on the hit list. Then with my eyes wide open and music in my ears, I wait. Waiting for someone with amazing style who stands out from the crowd. Sometimes this takes minutes and other times this takes hours, but when they appear it’s like an exhilarating moment. One because I’ve found them and two because unless they are walking in my direction it requires me moving very quickly to stop them and explain why I have. I love this part of my job it’s all about meeting new people and complimenting them on their personal style.
Option number three is all about editing, so I’m back at my computer and going through images. Selecting, processing, retouching for every day I shoot. I love this time as I get to reflect on the amazing style Melbourne has to offer.
Combined with meetings and phone calls, Instagraming and blogging, my day is aways exciting and new.
I try and switch off, chatting to Dean and downloading from the day. Dinner is cooked and I’m ready to relax.
8.30 -9.00 pm
I’m back on the internet, blogging or pinning. I love Pinterest and often take this time to chill and organise my ideas. With Suits playing on the TV in the background, this is the perfect end to my day.
I hit the pillow … with my thoughts already on the next day ahead.