Cloud 9

     Some big things have been happening for me and my photography lately. Last Monday I shot my first concert for Music Madness Magazine. It was kind of a surreal moment as the artist I was shooting (Scott Stapp) was one I was a big fan of back in the late 1990’s, and had seen in concert with his former band Creed. The show was in Clearwater which was a 2 hour drive on a work night, but the experience and the quality of the shots I got were worth it. To make it even more surreal several of my photos were posted today on his official Facebook page, Instagram, and will be used in other promotional materials. Very exciting that my work is getting shown all over the world.

     Another exciting thing thatbhappened in the last week is that I am in negotiations with a local hotel to be on retainer as their photographer. I took some test shots of the hotel last week which were well received. We are now discussing how this arrangement will look to ensure it is a good fit. I am excited about having another steady gig, but also want to ensure that I am compensated fairly for the amount of time I will be investing. I do not want to agree to do something and discover I am putting in far more work than the money is worth. I will update you all more on this as it comes together.

     Also in the last week I photographed a house that was built by a local builder in the last year. The new homeowners are in the home already, but allowed the builder to bring me in to photograph the house so that they could use the images on their website and other marketing materials. I will be doing a couple other models for them in the coming months as well.

     On Thursday my wife and I leave for a 10 day road trip to Colorado via Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Kansas. We are trying to play golf in all 50 states and take these road trips once a year. This will take our total to 23 out of 50 states so far. We will also be spending 4 days in Colorado visiting my aunt and exploring the Rocky Mountains. I will be taking a lot of photos and look forward to sharing those when I return. 

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