ImagiNation with Mikhaela Pozhoga Slavik

MIKHAELA

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Occupation: Photographer, Mikhaela Pozhoga Photo

Favorite Productivity Tool: My phone, of course! I manage everything with it! That’s just the truth! 

Most Recommended App: Oh man, I try to keep these minimal but somehow I still have way too many to keep up with on my phone. Lately, I would say lately it’s been Venmo. I’m so glad there are super convenient options now to pay and get paid instantly; it’s just so hassle-free! I love it. 

Last Thing You Read: Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson

Tell us about your journey? I started out exploring photography in a non-traditional high school, where we took college-like courses, focused on our majors/ wanted careers. I then went on to further my education in photography at Boston University, a branch in Washington, DC. It’s been 10 years and I’ve worked with multiple magazines for fashion, food, jewelry etc., very talented people from around the world, to tiny little newbs, real estate and many major corporate events. 

What your favorite part of your day? I would say when I finally edit a batch of images and deliver them to the client! Their excitement is my excitement! That and binging on a few episodes of Black Mirror and enjoying a bag of endless coconut baked chips! 

When do you feel most successful? After knocking another session out of Body Boot Camp! Overcoming goals that usually are just hopes and dreams! 

What do you do to recharge when you’re feeling drained? I make sure I plan a day where I literally do nothing! Ok not nothing, but I’ll treat myself to a few hours at Jeju Sauna and maybe catch up on some sleep! 

What do you know today that you wish you would have known when you first got started as an entrepreneur? I wish I knew to take more risks and not wait for things to happen, I was often afraid to take leaps not realizing there wasn’t much to loose. Or if there was, the experience would still be worth it! 

How do you optimize your day? I check any emails, my schedule for the day; work; I try to squeeze in a boot camp session, and if there’s some time to kill, I’ll take my little one out to the park or something of the sort! 

Who is the person/people who allowed you to imagine more? My amazing photographer instructor who further ignited my inspiration for photography, Mr John Jones, (Jonsey) from my Tech High School. He always pushed me outside my comfort zones and encouraged me in my weakest areas. He taught me to explore new territories and not be afraid of failing. He is my biggest supporter and always keeps me on humble grounds. 

What does imagining more mean to you and your story? Imagining more to me means the possibilities are endless. I am a firm believer that if you put forth the effort, something will produce. And something is better than nothing. 

If you could do more of one thing every day what would it be? To just step back and relax. To breath, and enjoy the present time. As a photographer, that’s my job. I’m used to doing this for others, but not for myself.