Creative Diaries | Emily Scott | Interviewed by Breanna Rose

Emily Scott the talented photographer behind Em The Gem who also blogs about all things fashion on The Refined Woman. Plus, she’s a soon to be mama, too! As an avid film shooter, her photographs have an air of nostalgia and great focus to them, which I got to witness first hand as she snapped away in Paris during our picnic together. For this creative diary entry, she was to focus on one single work day and answer a few simple questions about the good, the bad, and the inspiring. This is what happened, truthfully.

WHAT IS THE FIRST THING THAT YOU DID THIS MORNING : Every morning when I wake up, I have to make a conscious effort NOT to check my cell phone. It makes me stressed immediately. So I always try to make coffee and prepare a good breakfast. I’m a horrible morning person and also wake up starving … so making coffee and breakfast is a ritual I have come to appreciate so much since I started working from home a few years ago. I’m striving for slowness in the morning. I never get anything productive done in the first hour of being awake, even if I try, so instead of being stressed by that I challenge myself to appreciate the slowness I can afford from working at home. But I will say during busy seasons this is so hard, but so good for my soul.

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DESCRIBE ONE CHALLENGE THAT YOU FACED : One thing that I struggle with when I have a lot on my plate is staying focused on one task and finishing it. I also struggle with immediate versus long term goals. The immediate and most in-my-face tasks always get done first, at the expense of things that will benefit my business and life. So sometimes, ignoring an email or a text message is the hardest thing in the world for me to do.

DESCRIBE ONE ACCOMPLISHMENT YOU ACHIEVED : I went to the gym. It might not sound like a big deal, but I got pregnant right in the midst of the busiest wedding months this year and for 2 months, I was just hanging in there on a daily basis. My goal now is just to become stronger and healthier. It was easy to justify a cup of noodles and full days on the couch when I was in the middle of morning sickness and busy season, but now that things have slowed down work-wise, I am starting to feel the effects. I’ve been sore and needing energy, and I knew that exercise would help that, but it’s so hard for me to just GET. THERE. So I scheduled workouts for the next few weeks and my commitment has been not to cancel them even when I feel like I need more hours of work in my day. Actually, today I felt really accomplished because I not only made it to the gym, but I also made it to the post office. The only place I put off going as much as the gym.

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DESCRIBE ONE THING YOU LEARNED : I realize that I am much more productive and manage my time better when I know I am going to have to write about it later on. So instead of getting sucked into Facebook as much as I normally do (hey, it’s hard when it’s technically part of your work…) I was much more motivated to get things done. I also learned that it’s an amazing exercise to shoot one roll of film to document your day. Today I used my leica m6 and it’s manual everything, very slow for me to focus … but it made me see my day differently and see my workspace differently. I also realized that I really need to clean out my office so that I can start using my desk again and not have to work from our kitchen table anymore. I’m ready for January to come so that I can start cleaning out the clutter from my space again and also clear my mind. It’s going to be very therapeutic.

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WHAT IS THE LAST THING YOU DID FOR WORK : I spent the last hour of my day unwrapping film, organizing my camera bag, charging batteries and packing my suitcase for Phoenix for my last wedding of the season.

AND JUST FOR FUN, DID YOU EAT ANYTHING TASTY : Breakfast is always my favorite meal, so I never skimp on it. I also get in to the habit of eating one thing over and over again when I’m into it. Right now – it’s kale and eggs. Or actually just kale. Raw with lemon + olive oil and salt, sautéed with beets and pine nuts. I am pretty into kale. My husband doesn’t really get it.

  1. Love these behind-the-scenes interviews. It’s funny. I am most productive first thing in the morning. I think that happens once you have kids. You cherish an hour of “quiet time.” I am also a lover of breakfast!

  2. Allison says:

    love this series. and that top blanket! *heart eyes emoji*

  3. alicia says:

    I think this is my favourite creative diary so far, I’m loving the rawness and colours of the film photos. So good.

  4. Charlotte says:

    Lovely series! I’d love to take it slow in the mornings, but don’t have that option as I go out to work!

  5. Neha says:

    I love this series you do! :) It’s so fun to see how other creatives work and seeing how it’s similar to the way I work!

    • breanna says:

      I think that’s what I love about it, too! Sometimes, we do things so similarly, other times completely different! It’s fun to take notes + learn along the way. :)

  6. Jessica says:

    I love that she’s so intentional about taking an hour in the morning!

  7. Carmia says:

    Love this creative diaries series! And that lil’ dog is the cutest and my favourite thing about this post!

  8. Em says:

    Thank you so much for allowing me to share about my day! I truly love this series and was so humbled to be a part of it! xo

  9. Kaylie says:

    amen to a slow morning! i got myself into the habit of waking up much earlier and i like to use that time just to make coffee, eat breakfast, answer emails, browse pinterest and get myself focused for the day ahead. i might not always be checking lots off of my to-do list in the a.m. but it’s better than going crazy!

  10. Athena says:

    Yes! Love this. And it makes me want to me em and shoot film and eat breakfast.

  11. lo says:

    Loving this series, bre!

  12. KAIT says:

    I love following “emthegem” and am a big fan of her work! This series might be my new favorite on your blog :) thanks for sharing!

  13. Her pictures look very different from most of the photographers that are consider “trendy” right now. The colours are more sharp and raw. I love that, it feels very authentic.

  14. Angel Y. says:

    These photos are beautiful! Love this entry and reading more about Emily.

  15. kristin says:

    i love this series so much, breanna! keep ’em comin’! :D

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