I feel like every time I write a blog, I tell you all about how busy I am. I've realized that... I am very busy and the work seems to be never ending hahaha. This is not a bad thing, but it sure is important for me to be able to manage my time so that I can get my work done, make time to edit, write and also shoot my own personal content. I've been getting it back together this week and pushing myself to get up early again, I get to the gym around 6am and go home right after that so I can get my day started. I have to say that I feel so much better following this routine rather than going about my days with no schedule or plan of action.
I wanted to talk about my weekend in this post. It seems like every weekend can be the same sort of thing and almost just routine. Last weekend was fathers day and I got to go hangout with my stepdads side of the family and like always, eat some of the best food ever because they are such great cooks. It was that weekend I realized I needed a kick in the ass and after going out and shooting almost everyday the week before, I knew that I needed to keep up with that the following week, even with all of the jobs I had scheduled. Now, I don't work a normal job by any means, and I like that (most of the time lol). So after a day of work and being in the car between 3-5 hours, I would come home, upload, edit, run or whatever I had to do, only to get my stuff packed up and ready to go so I could go out and gather some personal content. I may seem crazy driving up to an hour or more away to photograph a certain place or thing, but to me it is 100% worth it. I always say there is something about flying that I love and it is just something I cannot describe. After I finish shooting, and I usually shoot from 7:30-9:30pm, I head back home to upload those photos and finish up the actual work I had from that day. Maybe some of you would recommend I don't go out and shoot on my own if I feel so busy.... But yeahhhh, no thanks. I will continue to go out and fly and get better and better because I know that is what it is going to take to get to the next level I'd like to be at.
So back to this past weekend and why it was something different. I have been writing for Fstoppers a little over a year now and am one of the youngest guys on the team. Through that entire year, I haven't had the chance to meet any of the other writers because we are spread out all over the world. I love being a part of this community because of all the knowledge that is shared, and all of the connections we have amongst one another. Anyway, Saturday was the first time I got to meet up with one of the writers and together we drafted up an idea for a pretty sweet drone article. Steve Kampff is currently out in NYC all the way from Ireland, shooting some product photography with a company in the city. I knew he has been out here for some time, but it was awesome to actually meet up with one of the other writers and just immediately become friends because of our field. Not to mention, for fun we went out to film a video and then went off to do some more flying near NYC, a bunch of nerds if you ask me haha but I am very glad that this was able to happen and I look forward to meeting up again and even meeting with some other members of the team!
On top of that I returned to a home in Ridgewood, NJ I had shot earlier in the week. Because the weather was so bad that day, I only ended up shooting interiors (which came out awesome) but I had to go back to do the exteriors and aerials. When I went back to the house to shoot it and finished flying the drone and all, the owner of the house Scott seemed to be interested in what kind of other work I did. I began telling him more and more about me and told him about my company when suddenly he tells me that he is a director. It was such a great opportunity to meet someone in that field who was looking to make more connections. I am hoping that I myself and even my company will be able to assist him at some point down the road!
Another long blog for you guys, but who even reads these?! It has been an awesome, very busy past few days and I feel great about everything that has happened. I will be keeping my head up, trying to have the most positive thoughts possible and see where life takes me next. If reading this was too much, here are a few photos from the past week or so!