After listening to Nick Onken’s interview with Connor Beaton on Nion radio I had a lot of thoughts about the life I was living and how it lived up to my life’s philosophy, whatever that is. Connor Beaton works with high-profile clients helping them live to their fullest potential. By identifying their own personal philosophy and creating strategies to create a life around them, he’s helped athletes, musicians, and business leaders build a life of success. It was while listening to this interview (twice) that I started thinking a lot about my business, my blog, and my life in general. I looked at the people I most admired and found that they all had three traits in common. First, they were all compassionate people living for a cause. They gave back to the communities around them, strived for a better environment and believed in the power of love. Second, they all used creativity to make the world better. Whether they were artists or simply approached old struggles in new ways to discover better outcomes, they used creativity in their lives constantly. Finally, they all lived a life of adventure, either by traveling around the world to amazing places or by living far outside their comfort zones. Often they did both. With these three traits in mind, I had figured out what my philosophy was – To creatively and compassionately live a life of adventure.
Now that I knew how I wanted to be living life, I wanted to restructure things to fit this philosophy. I want to be living a life of adventure but that doesn’t mean having a business only created to work with adventurous brands. I changed my website to fit the business model I had started turning towards awhile ago and speak to the people looking for their story to be told – lifestyle brands and individuals. With lifestyle brands (including bloggers) I tell the story of their product. I showcase who they are and what they represent in a story of images. My goal is to always find a way to connect them with their audience and help showcase a story that is all their own. The individuals I work with are always looking for portrait work. Whether it’s a newly engaged couple wanting photos that portray their adventurous side or simply photos that embrace their story and show where they come from. Couples, however, are not the only people I work with. The man or woman breaking into a new job or starting their own business and are in need of portraits that will showcase their personality and put their best foot forward is also a major request. I look at my photography business as telling stories visually, for both brands and people. In building this business I’ve found a creative and compassionate way to live. To help people feel great about who they are and to encourage the small brands I work with, while also creating stories through images.
To expand this philosophy and grow the blog I already love creating I decided to take these new traits and turn them into the basis of my blog. Each post either tells a story of creativity, compassion or adventure. From travels to new places, photo shoots, ways to help the environment or the people living in it, or scenes from the every old day of living the mountain life. My blog, while not like other lifestyle or outdoor blogs, is a piece of who I am and all the things I love. And just as I am my own person, unique in my own ways, so too is this blog.
I’m learning a lot as I build my own business, make mistakes and re-design things for the umpteenth time. However, The longer I do this the more I feel like I’m finding myself and where I fit in, and at the ripe old age of 25, I’d say that’s saying something. The last few years of starting this photography business has taught me a lot about myself and of course photography, and in learning about both those things I feel as though I’m really getting to the core of what I want to be doing and living closer to this philosophy I’ve been able to discover. Stay on the lookout for new blog posts, new photoshoots and specials on portrait photography I’m really ready to start telling some new stories!