(So)(Co) Sit Down with Sophie Mathewson

I'm excited to share this week's (So)(Co) Sit Down with you! Sophie Mathewson and I met in high school but became much closer in college and after college. She was one of the many people (including me) exploring different professions trying to figure out what was the right fit...and then she picked up a camera. She has a unique eye and captures things that I believe often go unnoticed. It's an incredible talent. 

Every time Sophie and I hang out we bring post-its because we have so much to say to each other that we go off on tangents and forget the list of ten other things we wanted to discuss. I know I can always count on her for a good meal, storytelling and lots of laughs. 



How do you spend your days?

On many weekend days, I’m taking pictures; driving out to different places around the tri-state area (or to further, more exotic locations if I’m lucky) to shoot weddings, portrait sessions, etc. During the week, I work out of my home office editing, answering emails, writing contracts, and all the other administrative stuff.

What are three things you are grateful for?

  1. It may be kind of the standard stock answer, but my support system of amazing people: my parents and brother, my boyfriend, and a select group of incredible friends, many of whom have been in my life since high school or even earlier.

  2. Central Park

  3. That I was able to turn something I loved doing into my full time career

Explain your lifestyle in 5 words or less.

Constantly evolving

If you were to attend a potluck dinner, what would you bring?

I find it satisfying to make big one pot meals that can feed a lot of people; like a good veggie chili or lasagna or colorful quinoa salad. Also likely is that I’d plan on cooking something ambitious too last minute to actually execute it, and end up buying a lot of cheese instead.

If you could gift everyone you meet with one book, what would it be and why?

It’s hard to choose one. There have been a lot of novels that have moved me and stuck with me over the years. I might choose to give the Vanity Fair Portraits book, which is filled with iconic images. It always inspires me when I flip through it (which is regularly) and looks great on your coffee table or bookshelf.

What is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?

Coffee is so important to me. I love everything about it: the smell, the taste, the ritual of it. Sometimes I start looking forward to my morning cup of coffee the night before.

If you could change one thing in your daily routine, what would it be? What would it take for you to make that change?

Working from home has lots of advantages, but it can also feel like a black hole sometimes, especially in the depths of winter. There were times last year where I wouldn’t really go outside all day, and it would give me the worst cabin fever. I know how much better I’d feel both physically and mentally if I made more of an effort to get out and take a long walk each day, no matter what.  It would be an easier resolution for me to make if NYC didn’t get so damn cold and I wasn’t such a wimp about it.

What does being healthy mean to you?

Paying attention to what our bodies and minds are telling us. Eating well and exercising without going to any extremes.  

Have you ever been faced with health concerns that pushed you to change your lifestyle?

Thankfully, no. I’m very grateful for good health so far in my life.

What song can immediately change your mood in the best way possible?

Sprawl II by Arcade Fire

What is one piece of advice someone has given you that shifted your way of thinking?

“Get insurance. No, seriously Sophie, get insurance.”

What article of clothing/outfit do you feel most empowered wearing?

Perfectly broken in jeans and a good pair of boots

Complete this sentence: “In order to be happy, I need to….”

Set goals for myself and reach them, surround myself with my loved ones, get a good night’s sleep.

What do you have going on in your life that you’d like to share with the (So)(Co) Community? (business, upcoming event, book launch, new product etc.)?

As this year’s wedding season winds down, I’m able to reflect on what a great year it’s been and how lucky I am to do what I love doing while meeting such great new people.  If you know anyone getting married, please feel free to send them my way! And while my business is predominately based on wedding photography, I’m always open to working on new projects and collaborating with like-minded creative people.

Sophie Mathewson is a New York City based photographer, specializing in weddings and portraiture. Her work has appeared in The New York Times Style section, The New York Observer, The Huffington Post and Glamour.com.

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