Family, Friends, and Business

For the past year, I’ve been so hung up on gaining momentum and increasing revenue when it came to my photography/videography business. So much so, that it was a bit difficult to enjoy capturing moments and sharing my fascination with cloudy days, nights, and raw human emotion.

Any reference that I received from the few friends and family that made an effort asked me to work for free. Which, you’d think it’d be obvious how insulting that is. Whether you want photos to build a modelling portfolio, headshots for acting, to nail to your wall and throw darts at, to give as a super tacky gift, etc, etc… No matter what the photos are for, I’m taking time to be away from my family, carrying around expensive equipment from one location to the other, to utilize all of the skills I’ve learned to make sure you walk away with the best image possible. More often than not, the best of several images.

I start to wonder if they think I’m going to pop up with my phone and start snapping pics with my Samsung lol. Its a bit discouraging at first because any artist is overly critical of their work; even more so when someone tells you that your time and work is worthless by requesting free services.

But I’m back to basics and I’m going to continue to build with people that understand what I’m doing here! ūüôĆ

The BEST thing that happened last year was the blueprint for the on-going projects for this year. Between the project with my author/best friend A. L. Burgos, my NYC shoot with my cousin Cheo, the NYC project I started with my dog, the dog shelter, etc, etc… I have A LOTTTT coming up for this year if all goes as planned.

DSC01896 (2)I’m looking forward to the session I’m going to have with A. L. Burgos for his third Book of Songs. We already have concepts that we agreed on, props, etc. It’ll be in somewhat of a songbook format. Just as emotional and heartfelt as his songs.

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And shooting with Cheo is so much fun. He has no problem using NYC as his playground. Climbing in trees, posing with whatever construction crews leave behind, stopping whenever we like the way a building or open space looks… It’s always great when someone is willing to get as dirty and uncomfortable as you in order to get a really creative shot.

I’m fixing to work with a few other people in the same way and looking forward to just enjoying what I’m doing while more work comes my way.

I’m hoping I can get my short film going as well. It’s a short film that is extremely personal to me and choosing who to collaborate with was a journey and a half!

I’m so excited for what’s to come. It’s always good to have¬†amazing¬†people in your corner. So if a friend or family member is starting, rebooting, or pushing forward with a business…BE SUPPORTIVE! It doesn’t cost a penny¬†to repost their tweets or FB posts, post their link every once in a while, take a pic of them and post it while they’re working, read their blog posts (if they blog at all), browsse through their portfolio, and always let people know that there’s a fee before you refer them.

Freelance DOES NOT Free! Lol..

For anyone starting a business, don’t be embarrassed to draft an invoice or provide a quote. And never, EVER forget to appreciate those that stood in your corner and helped you move forward! You’d be nowhere without them.

Most importantly, enjoy yourself. Enjoy your passion and make the best out of it.

<3

Early September Thoughts…..

Thinking About Where My Love Of Creating Music/Film Is Taking Me.. I Asked God For A Sign And He Gave Me A Message ON A Bottle… – Kita Love

I started jotting down a few thoughts a week or so ago about myself and my life so far. Somehow, what I was writing turned into a post!! I may as well put this site to use and share it…right?

Here it goes;

Let’s be real.. The past month & a half has been like watching an entire city crumble before my eyes. One thing after the other. Its astonishing more than anything. I’ve been able to step back & be amazed. & I *wink*, keep a *smile* on my face, & step over the rubble b/c I don’t forget that God always has a better plan than I do! Also, the there are things that have been going great as well! No matter the stormy weather, I definitely have to appreciate my victories…

You see, its the chaos that makes life beautiful!! Embrace it! Invite chaos in for dinner! Send it a family newsletter when its been gone for too long!
For without chaos, appreciating the greatness of life would be impossible!!

Life is a lot like snowdays. 
CHAOS:
There’s this horrible blizzard, everything is buried under snow, everyone was able to rush to the supermarket before you got out of work the day before so now all you have is the left over non-namebrand cans of pea’s & carrots medley, 1 gallon of supermarket brand water, and tuna.
BEAUTY:
Next day, school’s are closed. MTA isn’t running, so you’re off from work, the moment you get bored of all the board games you go have an epic snow fight. & all great snow fights turn into a group effort to build a makeshift snow hill and get as many cardboard boxes, crates, etc as you can to use as a makeshift sled. To then run home & warm up with a movie, hot chocolate, comforters/quilts, etc.¬†

If all were perfect & beautiful, then life’s perfection & beauty will be nothing short of just plain ol’ ordinary. & who the heck wants ordinary?!?!

Do what you want, but not at the expense of others. Find something to laugh about when you’re sad enough to cry, & enjoy life enough to laugh to tears. Laugh at yourself, you’re frikkin’ HILARIOUS! Don’t be a doormat, but don’t be naturally defensive & standoffish. & if you refuse help, don’t claim no one is there for you or hate/blame those who you feel should be helping you. No matter how many years you’ve known someone, you never really fully know them until you witness what they’re capable of during their bad times. When you truly love someone, you don’t stop loving them during the bad moments. Celebrate the little victories because there’s so many of them and because its good practice for when it leads to the huge victory. Be yourself, no one can do it better. Don’t EVER lend your money to people that only contact you when they need something no matter how good friends you were in the past. & life is a never ending learning session! No matter what the age, there’s always something to learn, there’s always a life lesson! Evolve, change, grow, challenge yourself, & don’t be afraid of what that entails, embrace it!

 

Those are some of the things I’ve learned over the past 12 years. (No I’m not 12 lol)… Feel free to comment & share what you’ve learned so far..

Thanks for reading ;^)

Love