Missing the warm weather of SYNC this weekend, so we gassed up the SeniorInspire Hippy Van and pointed it towards New Mexico, the home of Studio E's Wendy Ewing!
SeniorInspire I know you're part of the notorious Boss Babes gang and that your nickname is Mama Bear. How did you get hooked up with them and how did you get your nickname?
Wendy Ewing Lol “notorious”, that’s hilarious! I met the majority of those babes at a small photography event and again at a workshop. From the beginning we just identified with each other with the same work ethic and passion for what we do for our clients and as small business women.
Mama Bear, oh man. 😅
Yeah, even though many of the Boss Babes will go Mama Bear for someone or something we care about, I guess I might be the first to stand up and call bullshit when I see it or “hold my beer” if you mess with my friends, family or my business. I am truly known for being loyal and honest to a fault.
SI Tell us a bit about the best trip you've taken with you fellow Boss Babes.
WE Oh man, this is going to make me miss them even more thanks to Covid!
Most memorable was probably Palm Springs for me because I feel like we got to know each other and our strengths so much better. But Austin, TX was what sealed our tight group together forever, even though we were missing a few of our Babes.
SI Do any of the other Boss Babes have nicknames?
WE Hmm... no one really has nicknames per se, but more strengths and maybe a weakness or two we are known for, haha! Here’s a glimpse-
Ivy — Ivy is always the #wordsmith. She is also our resident WebMD.
Lisa — Lisa is always very diplomatic and positive and optimistic.
Kara — Totally known for the longest, MOST detailed stories (some dreams, some real) leading to the most random and hilarious endings. Never Dull!
Susan — While a master of lighting and all things dance, she is also known for giving life to our term #SusanSpeak. Lol... If Susan’s phone can misspell something and make it 100% unintelligible, it will. But now we can all decipher without need to correct, so we all speak fluent #SusanSpeak.
Angela — Damn that girl can knock out websites and tech stuff like a champ. She leaves us all in aww of her ability to complete her to-do lists. #techwizard
Everyone is really good at getting shit done and helping pick someone up who’s down.
SI We first met at SYNC a few years back...
WE Yes, we did! I actually missed meeting you the year before with the rest of my BBs because I had just had kidney stone surgery right before sync and I couldn’t drink & hang with you all after the 80s party and went back to the Airbnb. sad day lol
SI Are you wishing you were back there this weekend?
WE YES! I am super sad to not be there and not be hanging out and learning from all the amazing photographers involved. Plus the white beaches and all that Vitamin D.
SI Okay, you wander into a karaoke bar and you HAVE to sing in front of a big crowd. What three songs do you choose?
WE So if I HAVE to, I’m gonna be your back up singer and dancer because I cannot sing to save my life. Trust me.
SI I do, but you HAVE to sing... I can't sing either.
WE Okay, Old school first... Break My Stride by Matthew Wilder and Two Princes by the Spin Doctors. Then for something more recent, I Do What I Love by Ellie Goulding.
SI If you could take a workshop with any photographer, living or dead, who would it be?
WE I love a lot of different styles of photography and find inspiration in all types of art and fashion not just portrait work for my photography so this is really hard. Here are a few...
Mario Sorrenti for his use of studio lighting and human form among so many things.
Thomas Havlik. His cinematic look makes me crave shooting more for me and less for my clients' walls.
Ruvén Afanador All things! Portraits of stars and fashion work.
SI What's something everyone should try at least once?
WE Snorkeling off the coast of a tropical island.
I’m not a good swimmer by any means ( hence almost drowning when I was young off the coast of Florida and breaking my shoulder thanks to a monster wave in Cali) but there is something calming and mesmerizing about a tropical ocean.
A couple places I love to snorkel are the Grand Cayman and Maui. In the Grand Cayman, with the white sands you can just snorkel for hours and hours and stand up whenever you are tired.
And in Maui you can swim way out into the deep but crystal clear water, where you really don’t know what could come swimming at you from the dark distance. You must totally rely on only yourself and will power to swim or sink until you are back to shore. That’s an amazing feeling!
SI I've snorkeled off of Kaanapali in Maui and I completely agree, that is an amazing experience.
Alright, my question list is empty! I'll be heading back to Illinois now. Thanks for sitting down today and thanks for not going all Mama Bear on me!!