A photographer is only as good as it’s subject and the moment that can be captured. The most revered among us climb peaks and wait for days to get the perfect photo of the horizon (@jimmy_chin). Others go to desolate places ravaged by conflict in order to tell stories that aren’t being told (@magnumphotos). Some walk their cities and capture the everyday beauty that is taken for granted (@halberstam). I’ve decided to embed myself into an intense day of love and union (@weddingsbyminnowpark). But more than that to tell stories of people, who they, and what they believe. To plumb the depths and tell a story that can connect through all the noise.
Serendipity coupled with effort is where the magic happens. There are some things you can make happen with sheer will and hard work, but serendipity helps. It helps a lot, like when I met @syllyworld through a mutual friend (thank you @crystalkrap!) and we realized how similar our perspectives on life and business were. The effort was then to envision what we can do together and then put in the work to make it happen.
@syllyworld is the owner and curator of @viaromi_official, boutique women’s clothing shop. We recently launched an online store of her clothing and did a summer campaign for the launched.
Take a moment, take a deep breath, and let's finish the week strong. I'm realizing that it's the small choices I make that matter most. It's not about right or wrong, but about moving things forward little by little; showing up and doing my best even if I'm not sure that I can. It's cliche to say this, but I'm feeling it and needed to tell this to myself today. Happy hump day everyone.
There's as much discipline in learning how to rest as their is in executing. It's a skill like anything else and without practice, you can go on and on without knowing that you need to have a rhythm of resting and recharging as well as working hard. It's a badge of honor we carry around as we walk busily to our next meeting, talk about how little sleep we get, and just how many things are going on. I use being busy as an excuse to not take the time to think through priorities and make the hard decision of committing to them.
But sometimes you're taken out of the city, and you wake up to a lake as the fog is lifting, and you realize the importance of just doing nothing and just letting yourself be. (Check out my friend @hahnbo's amazing photos of Yosemite to let yourselves be still and amazed for a moment).
Morning Pages. The idea is you do sit down, open the book, and start writing for three pages first thing in the morning. Write even if you have nothing to say, write even if it doesn’t make sense. Every time I’ve done it, I started to write down thoughts, feelings, or ideas that I had, but didn’t have time to process or think through. It’s helped me gain clarity on so many things; from the work I needed to get done that day to navigating through tough relationships and situations. It’s not a journal where you read back to see what you did that day. It’s 30 minutes of processing that really helps you gain clarity for the rest of the day. And I think it’s crucial for deep work.
And when things get really busy and stressful you would hope a practice like this would be even more helpful. But when the 💩 hits the fan, I start barreling through my day, not giving myself time to stop and think. I just look straight ahead until things are figured out. There’s good things to that approach, but I started doing Morning Pages again this week, and I’m realizing the wisdom in being able to take time to assess and strategize. Some people may have the opposite problem: they assess and strategize too much, maybe as an excuse to not actually execute.
Seriously. Morning Pages. Try it out for a week and tell me what it was like!
"Document rather than create." -@garyvee. There's so much great stuff that's going on right now but a lot of it is a work in progress, and some are just experiments. It's so easy to put yourself in a corner by overthinking the perfectly curated, grid perfect, color coordinated posts. For some that's as easy as breathing, for me it's paralysis. Don't know why I made it so complicated for myself. All we ever wanted to do was communicate with one another. From writing on a wall in a cave, to the wall on our profiles, connecting is everything. So, that's what's been going on with me. What's been going with you?
It’s been amazing to be able to use this platoform to share with you what’s been going on with my work, my life, and ideas that I’ve been thinking about. And somehow there’s 1700 of you that are willing to listen. The past few months, I’ve been getting more sporadic with my posts, and after taking a step back, I realized it’s because it has just been that: you listening and me talking.
But this should be much more than that. From now on I’d much rather talk and share what you guys want to hear and see. Whatever it is you’d like to hear more of from a photographer/storyteller, please let me know. Please let me know what I can do for you guys.
In short, I would love to not only share but also have a conversation and know what is on your mind and hearts. Thanks for listening till now, I’m looking forward to listening to you.
When serendipitous locations and great taste come together.
Heel, toe, heel, toe, rainbow.
Can't believe it's been over a month since I've posted anything on here. I've had my head down in work, and I have so much to share with you. First up is a shoot I did with my friend @ymargp taking a typical fashion shoot and using it as a study in motion.