We had the good fortune of connecting with Juan Martinez and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Juan, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
Acceptance. As a father, husband, engineer, photographer, doing the business development and marketing behind Beers And Cameras and the parent company, owned by my wife, I’ve learned you must accept that you can’t do it all, all the time, every single day. One needs to choose the most important things to knock-out that day and get those completed or at the very least started. Time management has personally been my biggest struggle. I have tried something that works for me; partitioning one’s day. For example, scheduling 1 hour in the morning for emails, then 2 hours mid-afternoon for product shoots, followed by a straight 1 and a half hours for planning next days social media posts and upcoming events in the late evening you won’t feel as though you are falling behind overall while still leaving plenty of time for family and perhaps your main career; assuming the business is a side-hustle. But one definitely cannot sit on your laurels and wait for things like the “right time” to come to you before doing work, you must make the “right time.” In the end patience with oneself, accepting ones own shortcomings when it comes to not doing all the things you planned for the business or spending as much time on a post or photoshoot is hard to accept but necessary. It doesn’t make you a bad business person to fail sometimes with work/life balance, its one if the hardest things when your business isn’t you main career.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
We started from a naive idea that if we shared over social media that we were getting together over beer to talk about photography and participate in it. People would would find it interesting and want to do the same. Thus always pursue your passions because you just never know where it may take you.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
7 Seas Coffee Roasting in South Park followed by a run through Balboa Park. Lunch at Panama 66. Dinner at Underbelly in North Park. Sunset watching at Sunset Cliffs. Beers at Culture OB.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Royo News! My buddy Brandon Steadman covers the wildfires in California via photography and his new channel

Website: www.beersandcameras.com
Instagram: @beersandcameras

Image Credits
Juan Martinez, Joe Castillo

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