Without My Mentor, I’d Be…Well, Poorer!

When people ask me about photography, I usually tell them about the three major ingredients that brought me the start up success I’ve had to date:

  1. Passion
  2. Practice
  3. A mentor

I would say passion brought practice which led to more excitement but that circle hit a catalyst when a professional photographer decided to review my images for the second time and tell me that he would help me sell my work at art fairs. Even though he was adding direct competition to himself, he was willing to give me access to success.

Let me share with you what being a mentor is really like. It’s not a brief session that you pay to obtain.

What this photographer gave and continues to give is:

  • His connections, networks, the good people and professionals in his life.
  • Tips & tricks: which printers to use, what medium fails, how to price photography.
  • Honest critique: making my compositions and pictures better.
  • Advice: he spent years and dollars failing and making mistakes. He helped me avoid a lot of waste.
  • Invitations to his home.
  • Feedback on the industry.
  • Opportunities for me to share my work.
  • Encouragement and praise for excellence.
  • His equipment and the best deals for supplies.
  • Funding at times.

I am a richer professional through his assistance and commitment to my growth. While I am very new at marketing and selling, my knowledge has increased so much and I’ve saved. This is what I mean by richness, not actually calling myself a wealthy businessman.

My mentor has given so comprehensively and generously to me and shown me what a good mentor does for those under him. I hope to also mentor others as he did some day. In a future date, I hope to write a longer and more detailed post to really paint the picture.

Thank you, Jay.

 

The Secret Location(s)

Should I always share photographed locations with others?

I ask myself this question a lot. I think the answer is a ready no to always, though I often consider the reasons why.

Why share?

  1. Give others a chance to also experience beauty.
  2. To reveal excitement of a new location.
  3. Photographers should be expanding creativity, discovering new locations, and improving the art. Could become a niche.
  4. Because it’s a nice thing to do.

Why not share?

  1. More exposure, especially to a secluded spot, may lead to unacceptable disturbance of the land and nature if it grows in popularity.
  2. Simply because having a few secret places is nice to enjoy alone. I think there is a special quality about it, like a treasure I’ve personally uncovered and I don’t want intruded upon.
  3. To avoid competition in sales, fame, and fortune.

When I begin my podcast in 2019, this may be one of the initial topics I explore with fellow photographers in the area and pick their brain on what practices they hold and if they think it’s a good thing or not.

I think there is definitely a sense of pride and protectiveness that comes with secret spots and maybe some selfishness as well. But I can see others overwhelmingly willing to share to others because they want others to enjoy the same beauty they did.

What do you think?

My Creative State

comolakereflection
Como Lake, St. Paul

Welcome

I’m Josh and this blog is about my photographic journey and creativity in the world, mostly in Minnesota. Since I live in the North Star State, I thought it applicable to name this blog after it since it is my creative space on the web. Here, you’ll find nooks, crannies, secret spots, and new treasures in the north star state. My blog will describe these locations, share my thoughts, and of course, post photos from each visit.

Brief About Me

I’m a born-and-raised Minnesotan who loves the North Shore and the southern bluffs. I’ve been shooting on average twice a week since October 2017, focusing on learning, learning, and learning in 2018. I typically capture landscapes, black and white, nature, and macro. Waterfalls are my favorite and I have been called the “Waterfall Guy” before, perhaps out of quantity. You decide about the quality!

When I’m not practicing composition, chasing waterfalls, and visiting state parks, I am grooving to new tunes, playing soccer, watching hockey, camping, and enjoying life with my wife.

I’m hoping to plan a photography trip to Scotland in October of 2019 so stay tuned for that!

Let’s get in touch!

I encourage you follow me on social media and feel free to drop a message! I’m most active on Instagram. Thanks for reading and have a great day!

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