Tied into a life of adventure.

Getting the Ball Rolling

The past few months I’ve felt what it is to be a freelancer.  I work three days a week at a great restaurant job and spend the rest of my time adventuring and teaching myself what it is to be a professional photographer.  It’s hard.  Long gone are the days of financial stability from working in an office and signing off at 5:30 in exchange for a comfortable living.  But I have time to devote to what I love and what I want to make my living doing: photography.  When I feel like heading out to scout the light or weather of a location, I go.  I have been reading extensively on techniques, style and business practices.  This past week I even used some frequent flier miles to travel to the PDN Outdoor Photographer’s Expo in Salt Lake City to network and take some workshops from the pros.  One thing I learned: many of the pros in outdoor photography had no formal training at all and are self-taught.  They decided to follow what they loved.  Just this example is invigorating.

This past month I landed my first payed assignment shooting real estate near Yosemite.  It’s not skiing or climbing, but I am close to the Park and making money from photography is a fantastic feeling.  I get paid to be creative and build a product that people want.  Working to create something beautiful is far more fun than staring at a spreadsheet for hours.  Being near the Park also gets me in the mountains, shooting landscapes and climbing.  I have time to practice again and again, try out new techniques and situations and learn the craft.  Finally I am seeing progress.  It’s tough starting from the bottom again, but when I know that this career is what I love, not just something that I was educated to do, the struggles seem far easier to work out.

Moving forward, I will be publishing photos far more often from my time out in the field practicing.  Check back in every now and then and enjoy.  Here are some recent favorites:

Erratics, Half Dome and High Sierra

 

Sierra Foothills in Evening Glow

 

Milky Way and Mt. Dana

 

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