Many people dream of wanting to make photography a bigger part of their lives. They are deeply passionate about pictures and they are often more talented than even they seem to realize. It’s amazing to see their joy when they realize that they can be the photographer they always wish they could be.
One day I asked myself, “If someone were to give me the complete freedom to shoot anything I wanted with an unlimited budget, what would that be?” This was meant to be an existential question about who I wanted to be in the future as a photographer. The answer changed my life as a photographer and might change yours as well.
A few weeks ago I was introduced to a group of talented shooters whose work cries out to be more broadly seen and enjoyed. Every week, these photographers have the responsibility to capture subjects as varied as athletics, healthcare, corporate communications, and illustration. And their work is simply brilliant.
Photography gets under your skin. It burrows itself into your soul and infects you for a lifetime. It chooses you. When you meet other people who also love photography, their energy is infectious and it’s deeply inspiring to be around. They understand your obsession. And they want to talk about the virus that’s infected us all.
A camera is simply a tool that allows me to capture light in a box and hold it there until I’m ready to see it or share it. But a camera is also an extension of my mind and intention. To that end, a great camera can be a frictionless part of the process, while a poor one can be a frustrating impediment.
Yes, I have an IRA account, a savings account, real estate investments, a small business, and a treasured camera collection that represents the history of photography. But, the best financial return on investment that I ever made was an investment that I made in myself. A $391,154 return—and counting. Networking and connections have always been […]