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It's been too long since my last blog post. 2017 was an interesting year. I started dabbling in portrait photography and graphic design, discovering a talent and passion for both. I've decided to put them to work! I've also wanted to make a vlog for a long time. My snapchat stories were known for being cinematic and amusing so I've decided to take that to a better platform. My goal is to just have fun and keep doing what I love. The long-term goal is making a career from these passions, as it always has been. I don't care if I'm making just enough to survive as long as it puts me in places I dream about and creating something new, entertaining, or inspirational.

As a result of people reaching out to me for portrait work, I decided to buy my first camera light this week. Until now I've just been using natural light. It taught me to be very creative, but it's also extremely restricting in many of the settings I shoot. I would love to buy a dedicated vlog cam and some microphones for the vlog, but I can't justify that when my phone will do a reasonable job until I can purchase the necessary upgrades. I'd rather start making progress and stop making excuses, hoping the content will outweigh the gear.

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Outside of the big plans for photography, I'll be focusing more on nature shoots and adventures again. There's only one way to get better: lots and lots of practice. I'm so excited for everything in the works and know I'll learn something even if I fail spectacularly. Cheers!

P.S. One huge thing that happened in 2017 was being hired by a new video game streamer to be his graphic designer. His handle is LobroWatch. He plays video games and often ends up talking to people in chat. Check him out if you're into that sort of thing!

Anyway, I had never really done anything quite like it, just little stuff here and there, and mostly for myself. Fast forward several months. He's blowing up. It could very well end up being a full-time gig for him fairly soon and I couldn't be happier for him. In addition to the web graphics, I have designed a shirt, patch, bracelet, sticker and a thank you card. The designs just keep getting better and I love every second of the work we're doing.

In summary, 2017 was the first year I started getting paid to take photographs and do graphic design. It didn't happen because I went to school for it or randomly picked something that might lead to a career. I just sought things that excite me and pursued them with passion. And I don't plan on stopping now!

Get out there and do what excites you! 

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