When I started my career as a wedding photographer back in 1997, I gotta tell you... the local professionals in my area were a bunch of assholes.
I was 23, excited about getting into wedding photography and I just wanted to learn as much as I possibly could.
Unfortunately, on several occasions... I ran into rude, jealous and flat out mean people who did everything in their power to keep me down (didn't work!).
But right then and there, I made a few decisions that have helped shape my career:
- I developed some thick skin. I realized at an early age that I couldn’t please everyone, so I stopped trying and I sleep so much better at night.
- I decided that if I ever made anything of myself, I was going to be the kind of guy to help lift people up instead of trying to keep them down.
- I wanted to be a “Teach a man to fish” kinda guy. It’s a great feeling knowing you’ve made a positive difference in someone life and their bottom line!
I have been very fortunate to have clients who appreciate my brand of photography and have referred me to their friends & colleagues for the better part of two decades.
I’ve also been able to learn from, network with and become friends with some of the most well respected names in the photography business and I have learned so much from them. I am happy to pass that knowledge along to you as well!