Some folks choose a life in entrance of the digicam—permitting a composition to symbolize how they transfer by means of the world. Others thrive behind the scenes, letting their ideas and perspective take form by means of their medium of alternative. Sanetra Nere Longno is the uncommon type of one who enjoys and excels at each.
A pure, gifted storyteller, her work creates and establishes visible connections between inspiring folks, culture-shifting manufacturers, and humanitarian causes. Drawing from her personal passions and experiences, Sanetra’s images and videography each inform compelling tales of who we’re and the contexts that colour our distinctive experiences. From documentaries to like tales—and each narrative in between.
“I prefer to work with like-minded folx who desire to make a difference with their experiences and uplift one another.”
Much like her lifestyle, Sanetra’s artwork is each playful and regarded. As they are saying, the way you do one thing is the way you do all the things—and Sanetra does life and artwork with intention. Photography and video are her autos for capturing stunning moments, and her morning routine follows go well with. As Sanetra says completely herself, “Video producing allows me to use the other side of my brain and tell stories in another form of stimulation.”
The versatility she weaves throughout her work creates space for flexibility in her life. Her art inspires her imagination. She occasionally includes YouTube marathons in her slow and patient morning routine. And if she had more time in the day, she would spend it gardening. Balancing intuition, creativity, and the comfort of routine can be a difficult feat. But it’s a journey Sanetra inspires us to pursue with grace.
Sanetra Longno Shares Her Morning Routine
What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?
When do you typically wake up?
I’ve been doing better at getting at least eight hours of sleep, but normally I get about seven. Usually, my body wakes up around 6:30 or 7:30 a.m., or our cats Jasper and Luna do the job asking for food. This leads to my next task: feeding our three cats Jasper, JiJi, and Luna.
What morning rituals set your day up for success?
Once I’m done feeding the rascals, I prepare the living room space with incense and open curtains for Yoga With Adriene.
Do you have a breakfast routine?
Then comes my favorite part: food! I’m not really a coffee drinker because caffeine gives me anxiety, so tea is more my thing. I start our Fellow to make hot water and begin planning breakfast while playing my favorite YouTube channels in the background.
What is your morning beauty routine?
I follow my shower (featuring morning jazz) with a facial and hair routine. Shanutavia from eleMINT Skin saved me by designing a routine that matches my pores and skin sort finest.
How would you describe your personal style?
I pick my outfit (or outfits!) for the day based on my schedule. My style is whatever I’m feeling that day. Mostly comfortable, chic, sustainable, and sometimes sassy.
What’s your go-to getting-ready soundtrack?
I enjoy sounds of relaxation, so a lot of my morning visuals involve ASMR and homestead living to encourage a clean home mentality and future lifestyle goals.
Sanetra Longno Reflects on Her Work
how does storytelling factor into your visual work?
Every time I get asked this question I chuckle, because I wear many hats. But the two roles that fill me the most are photographer and video producer. Photography gives me the opportunity to intimately get to know someone and showcase their raw and natural side to the world. Helping people love themselves by capturing those sweet moments gives me so much joy, especially when they’re shocked by what we create together.
Photographing Mother Earth’s moments to relive again also fulfills me, because we can never get that second back in real-time. We can, however, relive memories with our imagination. I love how the power of an image or video can evoke positive emotions.
What has been your biggest evolution over the past year?
Being more aware of my body than ever before and learning the power of breathing to regulate my mind, body, and soul.
If you had one extra hour every morning, how would you use it?
One word: gardening.