I have made some decisions that I knew would bring about significant challenges. I am pushing myself to go above and beyond, climb out of the box, and aim for the stars. It is proving to be at least as hard as I expected. Facing many obstacles, I find that strong partnerships are proving themselves over and over again.
Whether local, new faces met at conventions, or professional organizations, it is good to have a number of solid, positive photographers in my network. Even if we have never worked together, these photographers are strong mentors and sounding boards for the technical and creative challenges I face.
Models often become inspirations on a professional and personal level, giving me insight as to how I can be a better photographer and person. The work they put into being at their best pushes me to be better, too. Besides, I want to keep them interested in returning to me in the future!
Other, talented creatives have, each in their own way, breathed life into my projects. Whether it is a designer dress or an amazing makeup job, those who lay hands on my ideas or allow me to capture their concepts in a photograph are simply amazing.
I am glad to have made connections with local businesses and entrepreneurs who allow me to live my dream by documenting their own pursuits. From modeling boot camps to jewelry to caring for the next generation, these partners challenge my creative skills. They help keep me positive and remind me what is possible.
Whatever dream you are pursuing, find those people with whom you can develop a positive, mutually-beneficial partnership. Be there in their hour of need and trust that they will have your back when you need a hand. Yes, you risk being disappointed, but the reward of a strong partnership is more than worth the effort.
In what ways has a strong partnership benefited you?