Some people prefer a life in front of the camera, allowing a composition to represent how they move around the world. Others thrive behind the scenes, letting their thoughts and perspective take shape through their preferred medium. Sanetra Nere Longno is the rare type of person who enjoys and excels at both.
A natural and gifted storyteller, her work creates and establishes visual connections between inspiring people, culture-changing brands and humanitarian causes. Drawing from her own passions and experiences, Sanetra’s photography and videography both tell compelling stories of who we are and the contexts that color our unique experiences. From documentaries to love stories and every story in between.
“I prefer to work with like-minded people who wish to make a difference with their experiences and uplift each other.”
Just like her approach to life, Sanetra’s art is both playful and thoughtful. As they say, how you do something is how you do everything, and Sanetra does life and art with intention. Photography and video are her vehicles for capturing beautiful moments and her morning routine follows suit. As Sanetra herself perfectly puts it, “Video production allows me to use the other side of my brain and tell stories in another form of stimulation.”
The versatility she weaves during her work creates space for flexibility in her life. His art of him inspires his imagination. She occasionally includes YouTube marathons in her slow and patient morning routine. And if she had more time a day, she would have spent it gardening. Balancing intuition, creativity, and the comfort of routine can be a difficult undertaking. But it is a journey that Sanetra inspires us to pursue with grace.
Sanetra Longno shares her morning routine
What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?
I start by waking up with a glass water bottle on my bedside table ready to drink … or I pick up the phone.
When do you usually wake up?
I’m better off sleeping at least eight hours, but I normally sleep about seven. Usually, my body wakes up around 6:30 or 7:30 am, or our cats Jasper and Luna do the job begging for food. This leads to my next task: feeding our three cats Jasper, JiJi and Luna.
What morning rituals prepare your day for success?
Once I’m done feeding the rascals, I prep the living room space with incense and open curtains for Yoga With Adriene.
Do you have a breakfast routine?
Before breakfast, I put the clean dishes out of the dishwasher and wash the dirty ones if there are any left over from the night before. Having a clean house in the morning makes me feel comfortable.
Then comes my favorite part: the food! I’m not a real coffee drinker because caffeine gives me anxiety so tea is more my thing. I start our Fellow making hot water and start planning breakfast while I play my favorite YouTube channels in the background.
What’s your morning beauty routine?
I follow my shower (with morning jazz music) with a face and hair routine. EleMINT Skin’s Shanutavia saved me by designing a routine that best suits my skin type.
How would you describe your personal style?
I choose my outfit (or outfit!) For the day based on my schedule. My style is what I feel that day. Mostly comfortable, chic, sustainable and sometimes cheeky.
What is your soundtrack for the preparation?
I like relaxation sounds, so many of my morning images are about ASMR and life on the farm to encourage a clean home mindset and future lifestyle goals.
Sanetra Longno reflects on her work
How does storytelling affect your visual work?
Whenever I’m asked this question, I laugh, because I wear a lot of hats. But the two roles that fill me the most are the photographer and the video producer. Photography gives me the opportunity to get to know someone intimately and show their raw and natural side to the world. Helping people love each other by capturing those sweet moments gives me so much joy, especially when they are shocked by what we create together.
Photographing the moments of Mother Earth to relive also satisfies me, because we will never be able to recover that second in real time. We can, however, relive the memories with our imagination. I love how the power of an image or video can evoke positive emotions.
What has been your biggest evolution in the last year?
Be more aware of my body than ever and learn the power of breathing to regulate my mind, body and soul.
If you had an extra hour each morning, how would you use it?
One word: gardening.