About Saeah

Hi, I’m Saeah. I worked in marine engineering, ship design, and maritime operations for over a decade focused on energy efficiency and Far East operations.

Over the past few years, I’ve slowly shifted to more creative pursuits and am now freelancing full-time. I’m interested in photography, literature & poetry, books, books, books, film, music, meditation, psychology, and neuroscience, to name a few. I’m happiest when I’m learning and when I’m building whether words on a page, woodwork or friendships. And more than anything, I love storytelling — the stories behind the smiles on strangers’ faces, how songs are created, why a dog might be fearful. I pursue these stories because it strengthens my connection to people and things. And in any moment, there are an infinite to pursue.

I love creating projects, and I’m an obsessive learner. I’m slowly making my way through the 1,001 Movies to Watch Before You Die (which is now 1,210 films) and The Criterion Collection. I studied engineering in undergrad — a seemingly more practical choice — but I probably should have pursued English literature. So now I’m giving myself an MFA by reading one short story, one poem, and one essay per day. I use Ted Gioia’s The Jazz Standards: A Guide to the Repertoire to study jazz compositions and to learn the stories behind treasures like Mack the Knife and In a Sentimental Mood. I dive deep into people like Rachmaninoff and W.S. Merwin by reading and listening to their work, the work of those who influenced them and every biography I can get my hands on. I have a long list of these types of projects, and already there are more than I can accomplish in a lifetime 🙂 You can see what I’m working on here.

I learned to practice gratitude through photography. What I love most about photography is exploration. I can spend hours in a tiny area with my camera. There is always an abundance of things to see. I search for the unique…the imperfect. I study the intricacy of spider webs, the light that only exists in the precious moments before sunrise, and the delightful way birds interact with each other. And you can find this beauty everywhere if you take the time to look. Photography gave me that gift.

You can find my photography here, but my favorite series is The Art of Imperfection and Beauty in the Details – Insects. You can buy prints and more through my Print Shop, which will ship to almost anywhere in the world. Digital files are also for sale for personal use. If you would like to purchase any of my photos for commercial use, please contact me. 20% of all profits from my Print Shop will be donated to the Ocean Conservancy or the Sierra Club.

My photography has been featured in The Boston Globe, at Broke-Ass Stuart, and Mass WildLife. I write at The Imperfectionist which is a very personal project, and you can find some more writing here. You can find me on Twitter, Instagram, Goodreads, and Letterboxd, but I like email the most.

If you’d like to chat about commissioned work, a collaborative project, a freelance inquiry, a work trade, or if you want to say hello, please contact me. I always respond.

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