We had the good fortune of connecting with Mary Sasso and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mary, do you have any habits that you feel contribute to your effectiveness?
I have always been very Type A. I make lists, I check them twice! (I’m often more naughty than nice ha!) When you own a business, you are responsible for the marketing, books, front of the house, back of the house and everything in between. Having a good foundation in organization and time management will really help you avoid some easy mistakes made when you’re overwhelmed by the background work.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
As a photographer, the connections you make with your clients during the shoot can be almost as important as the technical shooting. If a family or couple is uncomfortable, you will see it in the photo. Aside from my formal education in photography, I believe my silly personality it what helps me to create lasting memories for families. I have had a few setbacks while getting my business rolling. First, I had my daughter very premature. She was a mere 1lb 4 oz at birth. I closed my doors so I could spend time with her in the NICU. Just as I began opening back up – COVID. During the lockdowns I learned my most important lesson: be flexible. Instead of doing Christmas Minis, I offered digital pictures with Santa. I photoshopped families separated by the pandemic digitally so they could have a photo with everyone present. If I hadn’t been willing to think outside of the box, I might not have stayed afloat this past year. After almost losing my daughter I really saw photography in a new light. As a photographer, my goal is to capture those happy moments for generations to come. I can think of no better feeling that seeing my work hanging in a clients home!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
San Diego is such a great place to visit. There are an endless array of museums, zoos and nightlife. When my family visits we always make a point to hit the San Diego Zoo and also the Safari Park (It’s the only place in the World, outside Australia, that you can see a Platypus!). We never miss a chance to see the Midway Museum and have dinner at Harbor House in Seaport Village. Did you know that there is a tribute to Bob Hope’s work with the military next to the Midway? If you stay long enough you can hear one of his skits play. A visit to San Diego wouldn’t be complete without popping over to Point Loma Seafoods to have a glass of wine and some fresh fish. I can’t forget to show my guests Old Town with a stop at Rockin’ Baja Lobster for dinner. Then if they are brave enough a walk past the Whaley House to look for spirits! Everyday is an adventure in San Diego! How can you go wrong with so many breweries, good eats, and culture.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I owe it all to my husband, he bought me my first professional camera and signed me up for classes. In between deployments he trekked all over Japan, through So-Cal’s beaches and deserts, the city scapes of Chicago and anywhere else I could set my sights on, never complaining and always offering to help carry gear. He is and was my first real love….and first forced model. Without him, none of my dreams could have come true.