Advice

Take it slow.

Just try to understand that things get tough. Things get intense. Things are crazy …but that is life. Life is a ride.

So let’s take the time to really get down and just let free on my blog. This is going to be titled advice, but who knows what will really be written here.

I want to address the fact that no one man is an island.

You will spread yourself thin. You are going to invest so much energy that will rarely be cycled back to you. Time is ticking and things are getting intense. Sessions are flying by. Models cancel. Printers jam. Money is short. Props break. Tears will flow. But in the end …just breathe. You cannot stress yourself out from the get go and panic. It is all about what comes next? What will you do to follow the fall? This is the true nature of a photographer. The ability to take an idea and run, idea falls? Rework, pick yourself up, and keep running.

As well, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Food photographers need a team. Commercial photographers need a team. Why should you not have a team? Surround yourself with people who will benefit you. Who want to see you succeed. Who will pour their all into you, like you would for them. At times you will hit that point where you realize that some people are not worth the effort. Give them a chance. Give them two. Know your limit though. Time is always ticking.

New beginnings

This is the final countdown. This is the last ride that we all have together. I was never one for being great with my words. But I promise you that I will try to make the best of the time we all have together. We will get strong. But I have to be strong for myself, I am the one taking the steps into unknown territory. No one is going to be holding my hand.

Sonder

Sonder

n. the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own—populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness—an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate passageways to thousands of other lives that you’ll never know existed, in which you might appear only once, as an extra sipping coffee in the background, as a blur of traffic passing on the highway, as a lighted window at dusk.

I quit

What am I doing in this profession? I really do not believe that I can make a name for myself by being this uncreative. All great works have been made so far. Why should I even try. Life is just a constant stream of consciousness that just keeps going and flowing. I do not know how to make it all slow down. How do I appreciate what I have if I cannot take the time to really value it.

Life is a train that never stops. We should never be afraid to be vulnerable, we should embrace the fact that we have faults and that we are human. I am just here trying to enjoy the ride and have great conversation on the way to where ever this train ends up.

Cheesy Truth

This is a new beginning.
This is the start of something new.
This is where you make friends and contacts.
This is where you begin your journey in becoming a professional.

Shake hands. Flash a smile. This is where you bring your A-game.
Build a tough skin. Take criticism. This will make you a stronger person.
Help. Love. Admire. Advise. Teach. And most of all Learn. Learn from everyone and be appreciative. They are your peers. Your co-workers. Your business partners.
You worked hard for this. Don't let it slip away. Time will fly, so make the most of it.