Today is Sara’s last day as an official EHD team member and after almost 6 years she is getting a proper goodbye in the form of unbridled sentimentality by yours truly. In case you missed why she is leaving here’s a quick recap: She is ready and excited to become a full-time freelance photographer, and I seriously couldn’t be happier for her. The rest of the world now gets to hire her and experience the wonderfulness that is my friend, Sara. She is taking her favorite part of her job and making it full time, expanding her client list from just me (what? are you sick of my face?) and working for herself. I’m so proud of her. It’s kinda all you want for your friends after so much hard work.
I remember her interview 6 years ago, clear as day. She came to me entry-level, almost right out of school, with one internship under her belt, I was impressed with how her resume looked and how willing she was to work and learn. She was quiet at first, but when she spoke she said important things and had this confidence and lack of fear that made me feel safe and comfortable as a boss – both in her as an employee and as a friend. I just knew I could trust her. I remember saying in our reviews, “I just want to clone you” because she was willing to do anything, had so many skills, worked so hard, and had so much integrity – owning her mistakes, and was so honest. She worked more than she was asked to which I personally think is the smartest thing to do while building your career – you simply will get where you want to go, faster. She is a GREAT testament to that (honestly so many of my former and current team members are). She also was willing to teach herself anything, like photography – it’s actually super inspiring and we should all learn something from this. By watching a billion videos, taking online classes, and obviously a ton of experience shooting with me, she became a professional photographer with a lot of clients lined up, teaching herself over 3 years. As I write that I’m wondering if I should teach myself how to shoot. 🙂
About a year and a half ago after Brady left, I promoted her to basically VP although I often called her my president (and integrator). And she took on a much larger role running all of production, helping with HR, making sure someone had made reservations for our birthday happy hours, managing invoices, mileage, tracking PTO days – literally ANYTHING that I was bad at, she took over. At that point, I had 13 employees and I wasn’t managing them well (HOT TIP: You can’t be the creative and the executive at the same time… or at least I can’t). She also helped me figure out salaries, sat in on really hard conversations, and I think made everyone feel so much more secure and safe here.
WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO WITHOUT HER???
Well first off, we aren’t actually going to be without her. She will continue to contribute to the blog on her house projects (closet, office, and kitchen all coming up!) and we have her booked on two big Target shoots already – producing and shooting. And now that the team is much smaller (we thrive with a smaller team) we can manage a lot more and some of my team will be taking on the roles that she had.
Besides, now she can be my friend and continue to contribute here a la Orlando, Brady, Ginny, Grace, Tessa, Mel, Erik, Arlyn, Velinda, Veronica, Emily B., etc and shift and grow the relationship in other ways. I apparently really don’t like saying goodbye to former employees and beg them to stay around as contributors and freelancers, and I’m so glad you guys agree. (Isn’t it fun to have Arlyn back here??).
So Sara, thank you for 6 years of hard work, SO MUCH FUN, lots of laughs, lots of cheersing, so much growth for both of us (she started when Charlie was a baby!!! She’s known Birdie since birth!) and for being an amazing leader and example for me and everyone else at EHD. Your face will be missed daily but we can’t wait to continue working with you and hanging out for the rest of my life 🙂
If you also love Sara and have enjoyed her talent and voice on the blog, feel free to show her some love in the comments. Let’s send her off with LOVE and make her day!!!!
I love you Sara and you’ll always be family 🙂 Thank you for 6 amazing years. xx