We had the good fortune of connecting with Carl Gunter and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Carl, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
I think this is something that I will be working on for the rest of my life. The “balance” in my life seems to vary day by day, and that always frustrated me until I realized that may not be a bad thing. I need different things each day, as do my clients, my dog, my garden, and everything else I have going on in my life. They say every millionaire has 40 hours of unfinished work per week and once I heard that I stopped stressing about the insignificant things, and started focusing only on the things that TRULY matter to me. Some days I work 12 hours. Other days I work zero. The biggest shift for me happened when I realized it doesn’t have to be the same every day. I truly think our daily best looks different, we just have to allow that to be. Find comfort in the lack of balance. Do your best to juggle giving yourself grace, and forcing yourself to do the challenging things you don’t “feel” like doing. It can be tough but above all, trust your gut. It knows what you need.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Photography was just a hobby of mine until I realized how much of a difference it can actually make in someone’s life. I shot photos of a beautiful friend of mine who had never had photos done before. She was the “ugly” one in her family and her parents never took photos of her. Now we all know how horrible that is, but that’s just how she grew up so it was seemingly normal to her. This was one of my first portrait sessions so the photos weren’t especially good but she cried. And I cried. Seeing yourself as a work of art as opposed to just the reflection we see in the mirror every day is truly life changing. To see yourself as someone else sees you. Incredible. Most of us are way too harsh on ourselves, and could use a little self love, and that is the driving force of my business because it’s something I personally relate to. Over the years my skillset has changed, and my interests have led me in different directions but the one thing that stays consistent is my love for people. Just like any industry working with people, this line of work can definitely be difficult and I find it hard to enjoy the paperwork and technical side as much, but it is oh so worth it when I realize the impact I am making.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Truthfully, as long as the company is good I’m not picky what the activity is in the slightest. With that being said, I’m a huge fan of nature and food so if I had a week to show a friend around the area I would definitely start by hiking the mountains around Colorado Springs and Denver, with food planned directly after. I like to keep it fairly simple. The Manitou Incline and Garden of the Gods are personal favorites and there are so many good food places around! Urban Farmer in Denver and The Skirted Heifer in the springs are both amazing but I also like to try new things so we’d probably do a little exploring there. Farmers markets and art galleries are all around the area and also think are a must see when visiting or living here. I’m the type who enjoys walking around, talking, and people watching in the city and Denver and downtown Colorado Springs are great places to do that. In “The Great Gatsby” F. Scott Fitzgerald says “I like large parties. They’re so intimate. At small parties there isn’t any privacy.” And I think cities are the same way. You might be surrounded by a hundred or more strangers but you’ll never find that same kind of intimacy anywhere else. I love it.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I have to give credit to my sister Laura for always listening and being an amazing support and sounding board. She is always there for all of my crazy ideas!
Additionally “You’re a Badass” by Jen Sincero is a book I listen to on the regular. You’ll go from laughing and crying and back to laughing in an instant, and it has truly shaped my life.