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The SpitfireMom Society Introduces: Melissa Sanchez of Savvy in San Francisco

By December 16, 2013


Melissa Sanchez is a lifestyle photographer and blogger whose site, Savvy in San Francisco, is a wonderful peek into that delightful city from Melissa’s keen eyes with events, restaurants, shopping, bargain hunting and beautiful photography to boot.

Since she’s a lifestyle photographer, most of her photoshoots happen on the weekend, so her husband can watch the kids while she goes to the shoot. Since she’s also expanding her photography to doing some editorial pieces, that allows her to shoot during the week while the nanny is with the youngest and the older two are at school.

Melissa has a nanny for 12 hours a week on Tuesday & Wednesday – so for a couple of hours on each of those days, she tries to sneak off to the lounge at the gym or lock herself in the bedroom to work on what needs to get done – editing photoshoots, blog posts and she’s also currently working on photography/blog site redesign (switching from Blogger to WordPress). Add in three kids and she’s running around all day every day taking them to their different schools, extracurricular activities and other commitments. So most of her work is done at night. Melissa says she’s a consummate night owl and will often stay up until 1:30 in the morning trying to get work done. This night owl always looks fabulous, so let’s find her secrets, shall we?

Here’s what Melissa had to say about being a SpitfireMom.

How does being a mom influence your work?

Being a mom has definitely expanded the things I’m interested in. I never really thought a lot about what I was cooking and eating until I had children. All of a sudden I wanted to understand more about organic and natural foods because I cared about what I was putting into these little beings. It’s sad that I didn’t care as much before I had kids what I was putting into my own body!

Being a mom has also taught me more patience (though I’m still working on it though..and always being tested). I have had to really work hard on my patience with having three kids under six. I’ve always been a person that is late and now it is just tripled! I never seem to be able to get anywhere on time and it is something that stresses me out each day.

Being a mom has expanded my interest in fun activities (like the California Academy of Sciences & Discovery Museum) and projects (I love my Kiwi Crate) that are geared towards the kids. I try to make sure I balance that out with things that nurture my own interests (blogger events, girls nights) and  try to prioritize date night time with my husband (our note, Melissa’s Instagram is full of adorable date night pics! Go peek!).

Do you talk about your kids with clients or potential clients?

Being a lifestyle blogger and photographer allows me to talk about my kids constantly, so I don’t usually have any issues with this. It actually opens the door to great conversations because I have kids. My kids are what got me into blogging. Initially I blogged to document Landon when he was first born but then it is also what got me more interested in photography. I had always had a passion for photography, but having kids made me want to expand my skills and really improve my equipment and technique.

 We know a SpitfireMom like Melissa has tips to share, so we asked for her best time saving trick:

Learn to function with little sleep! Just kidding. Kind of. I have to schedule out my days in my Google calendar – pickups, drop-offs, ballet, soccer, gym, work, events, etc. I constantly have a pop up or email about what is coming up to keep me on task.

What’s one thing you haven’t figured out?

How to balance all of the balls I have in the air! Also, maybe to not throw so many balls up in the air in the first place. I’m taking Blogging Your Way with Intention & Style, an e-course by Holly Becker from Décor8 and already, after one lesson, I’ve learned that I have to be realistic with myself about what I can do. She emphasizes that we are not all Martha Stewart (who has a WHOLE team behind her). We have to realize that we are each just one person that might have a baby screaming at us or a ton of other things going on. So we have to make sure we have realistic expectations for ourselves. That is what I’m trying to work on: finding balance and trying to use my energy to focus on one task at a time, so I can actually get one of them completed and feel good about an accomplishment.

Melissa Taylor Sanchez, Savvy in San Francisco

And, if you’re a mom entrepreneur and just found out your expecting, Melissa says:

I actually think that if you are a photographer and you find out that you are expecting, it’s a good thing. It helps you understand kids better when you are shooting them and you have more insight into what they might be going through when you are on the other side of the lens.

Melissa, from your inspiring date nights to your kid-inspired approach to your work, we’re inspired by you! Thank you so much for taking the time out of your busy days to share with us.
Heidi & Julie

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1 Comment

  • Reply Savvy in San Francisco December 17, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    Thank you for having me! Honored to be part of the Spitfire Mom Society! XX

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