I wanted to post on my own blog as well, and maybe explain a little more about what I was trying to say on Scott’s blog. I feel a lot more comfortable here. And again, a big thank you to Scott and Brad for letting me do it.
I won’t type as much as I did on the guest blog, but basically I just wanted to say this. It’s hard to make it as a photographer. And I think most of the Joe Blo guys out there trying to make it realize that. I’m very very passionate about my work, but I just felt this was the route that needed to be taken at this time, and do something that made me feel complete by going to The Fletcher Group. Lee Fletcher was an awesome man, and when he passed and Amanda…it just seemed like it was meant to be. It’s one of those sacrifices people have to make I guess. We made the move with next to nothing in our bank accounts and stressed to the max on what to do next. I now have a lot less time to devote to my photography and live in a much smaller town. But I’m still shooting a lot of sports for Louisiana Tech and LSU. I still travel to Baton Rouge to do work and I still try to stay on the cutting edge of trends in my design video and photography.
My message to everyone out there is this: work hard. Work your ass off. If you want to make it you gotta bust it. I know that the big time guys dont say it, but since I’m not big time I will. It takes dedication, the ability to save money and an awesome support system. Getting connections is a great start and I am very fortunate to have a great series of connections. But one thing that wont get you, is work. That you have to do on your own. But if you do it right, they will be there to help you in everything else from keeping the books, great website templates so on and so forth.
And one last thing, shoot what you love. Don’t shoot what it takes to get by….if you can help it. The more you show what you love to shoot, the more people will look to you to pay you to shoot those things
I think at this point I’m all blogged out. Feel free to email me any questions that you may have. Add me on facebook and ask there. I love answering emails.