LinkedIn reminded me that today marks the "2 year anniversary" of my reemergence into professional photography, but that oversimplifies my story. It was in April 1997 that I took my first paying gig at the ripe young age of 16. For 20 years I've shared my love of photography with family, friends and clients. It's been a gift.
Through all the ups and downs of the photography industry in the last two decades, I've emerged happier, and more satisfied by my work. I'm thankful to the hundreds of clients all over the world who have put their faith and trust in me to capture their moments, events, and news stories with the kind of honesty only a photographer's lens can convey.
Photographers see with their hearts and listen with their eyes.
I said in a speech some years ago that photographers see with their hearts and listen with their eyes. A great photographer—and there are so many—sees the soul of a moment. I can't say every picture I snap is the greatest creation ever, but I always work to see clearer and produce better work.
My hope is that as I enter this 21st year of being a professional, I can approach each subject and each client with the same sense of joy and wonder I did when I was 16.
Thank you everyone for all of the messages and encouragement. 2017 is going to be #rocktacular.