I can’t believe it’s been 4 months since my last blog post! Part of the reason is I can’t decide if it’s better to post content to facebook or my blog. If you haven’t been to my facebook page you should follow me there as I seem to keep that more up to date then my blog. I go back and forth which is why I haven’t posted on my blog in awhile.
Anyways – A couple weeks ago I went out to Grand Junction to hang out with Ben Rueck and Mayan Smith-Gobat. These are two pro climbers and are sponsored by brands such as Adidas, Jet Boil, Black Diamond, Camp, etc. I really love this type of photography. I love getting to know and hang out with the athletes. I love the adventure of getting out there, and I love how the images make me feel afterwards. I simply love climbing and being part of the climbing community. However, coming from the world of photojournalism and contract photography I have a hard time marketing this content for revenue after the fact. A big part of it is making the relationships with the brands and learning what content they want and shooting that. I was able to sell a couple images to Jet Boil which was a huge win in my book! Bottom line for me though is that I love this type of photography. It is what I am passionate about and it makes me feel alive while I’m doing it. I am fortunate that I have a strong enough business elsewhere to support this passion. The key to happiness (at least what I figured out so far) is balancing both worlds of work and play. Nothing new there, but it is amazing how much you have to try to this to make it happen. It’s so easy to let one take over and to lose that balance.
Hope you enjoys these images and they help inspire you to follow your passion. Thanks Ben and Mayan for being so passionate about what you do and letting me be part of it! Hope you are having an amazing time in Brazil!