A Favorite Local Photographer Shares How She Does It All in A Day: Mom Life, Business, and Art

Many local parents will recognize Katie Giglio. The Carbondale resident quickly became one of the valley’s top maternity, newborn, family, and high school senior portrait photographers since starting her business, Katie J. Photography, in 2017. As a mom, small business owner, and artist, Giglio is one of those gifted locals who seems to magically find a way to juggle all the demands of everyday life. Here, she shares how she gets it done, from sunup to sundown:

 

 

6:30 a.m. Wake up to the sweet sound of my toddler Camden’s voice through the baby monitor.

6:40 a.m. Make Camden’s breakfast. Make my breakfast. End up with him on my lap eating my breakfast.

7:00 a.m. Go upstairs to “help” daddy get ready for work. Get cardio in for the day, a.k.a. dress my toddler.

7:20 a.m. Pack Camden’s lunch. Round two of cardio: Put on toddler’s shoes.

7:30 a.m. Send Daddy and Camden out the door to daycare.

7:31 a.m. Sit. Breathe. Drink (now cold) coffee.

7:45 a.m. Answer emails. Get gear ready for the day.

8:00 a.m. Shower and get ready.

9:00 a.m. Head to my studio in Carbondale to set up for today’s session with a sweet seven-day-old baby girl!

10:00 a.m. Clients arrive; time to get to work.

1:00 p.m. Clean up the aftermath of a newborn session. (There is always poop or pee on something!)

1:30 p.m. Grab a club marine and latte from the Carbondale Creamery.

2:00 p.m. Cull images from today’s session, post sneak peek to social media.

2:20 p.m. Realize I just lost 20 minutes on Facebook, contemplate disconnecting the internet.

2:21 p.m. Back to work: edit pending sessions, respond to emails, prep blog and social media posts.

4:00 p.m. Figure out what to make for dinner. Make mental note to start meal planning again.

4:45 p.m. Pick up Camden from daycare.

5:00 p.m. Start cooking dinner while Cam pulls out all the Tupperware, throws on floor.

5:30 p.m. Daddy’s home! Sit down to eat.

6:00 p.m. Start bedtime routine: bath, PJs, three stories, brush teeth, bed.

7:00 p.m. Hug husband. We survived another day!

7:30 p.m. Package photo orders that arrived today, wrap up editing and emails.

9:00 p.m. Get ready for bed, watch too many episodes of “New Girl,” sleep.