“Life in every environment today is a "savage paradise" — savage to the ignorant, uneducated, unskilled, prejudiced and ill-informed. But it’s a paradise to those who have learned to adapt to and manage change, remain flexible, unhook prejudices, view failures and mistakes as temporary detours and target corrections, and remain lifelong learners. The jungle is neutral. It is your knowledge, attitude, skills and habits that see you through. The jungle is what it is. It doesn’t think. It is the backdrop for your journey. Your preparation, training, resourcefulness and dedication are what count.” Dr. Waitley, Safari to the Soul ~
I’m happy. And apprehensive.
I’m starting over in unknown territory.
It’s not so much transferring with the military. I’ve been doing that so long, it’s almost normal to me. But restarting a photography business in a place where you don’t know anyone and have no connections - that’s what makes me nervous to pick up my camera again. We all want to be successful artists, creating the work we love and sharing our art with the world.
So it’s back to the basics of photography - re-learning how to “see” in this beautiful, sunny paradise of white sand and warm waters. Getting to know your area and how the light changes across the sky. Finding new ways to re-invent my business without a permanent studio location. Getting inventive and creative!
That’s why I was so honored to be asked to photograph a long-time friend who has watched my work from afar. He’s always messaged me before and said “when you come to Tampa, please photograph my family.” It’s given me a chance to be relaxed but still professional and wanting to give the best service I can.
Who knew that I would actually be in Tampa and have the opportunity to provide memories for him and his children?
We’ve known each other for 12 years, from many years ago serving in war-torn Iraq, in a totally different dynamic. I was an officer in charge of logistics and he was a non-commissioned officer who worked for me to supply his units on the battlefield. The roles are reversed and I serve him and his family with the best customer service I can provide, but also with a lot of love for our friendship and continued connections over time and space. I love his family - his children and mother are amazing people and feel like family in a place where I almost have none.
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The only waterfalls I’m going to be seeing are the ones coming out of my eyes since I’m no longer in Iceland