My mornings feel like they have been thrown off a little cause my coffee maker at home doesn't want to work anymore. I feel like writing and having a coffee is usually a little more enjoyable but anyway, after running out to grab some, I am here to write about a few things I've had on my mind recently. First thing I'd like to say is thank you to everyone who has supported me and the work I do, it really means a lot to me. This past week alone I have been featured on three different Drone Instagram accounts from a photo I took in Wildwood NJ on the 4th of July. It has always been a goal of mine to be featured, and I have before, just not on three different pages day after day. I aways told myself that if I could take a photo good enough, it will spread to all these big accounts and a lot of people would see it and hopefully be inspired by it. It turns out that was the case and I am going to try even harder now to keep up creating content that I myself can enjoy and thousands of others can be inspired by.
After flying for about two years now and having such a huge interest in drones and aerial photography/videography, I myself have been inspired by some of the best or most popular/featured drone people online. Everyday I would see these awesome photos, I would follow these guys and look forward to seeing more of their work. I would tell myself that I need to go out there and start capturing amazing images like the ones I was seeing day after day. This is when things began to pick up for me, I never had such an interest in doing something and this was just last year. Today, I have far better equipment and way more of a drive to go out and achieve goals I have set.
Since I've been home for the summer, I noticed it isn't hard to be lazy and make excuses to not do things. However, there is a way to turn that around and it is simply by realizing that I am making excuses and complaining about things I shouldn't be. As soon as I took this step, it brought me right back to reality and made me want to work harder than I ever have. Because of that, I have literally never been so busy, never gone after so many things. I am landing jobs with big commercial companies, shooting multi-million dollar homes every week and making some of the best content I ever have just for myself on the side. I realized that fear plays a big factor in life, not only in mine, but many other peoples as well. It's not easy to take risks and do things that I feel are right, but I do them anyway. I do them because I know if what I'm going after goes right, things will click and everything will take off from there. There comes a time where you need to stop listening to other people, stop relying on other people and start worrying about what you yourself can do. You need to know yourself, know what you are capable of and use that right there to push yourself forward. It is not going to be easy to do, in fact, I feel like it is a lot more work than most people can handle but if you have a dream, chase it. Don't let the excuses you make for yourself stand in the way.
Speaking about excuses, we also have to overcome obstacles in life. I haven't been the happiest of people lately myself with all of these thought and things I want to do. I feel like I've been a bit down and beat up because of some stirred up emotions and all that nonsense. I am sure you can probably see it reflect in my work but I realize that in times like this, I really, really love the work I create. Every time I go out to shoot, I am alone with my drone just finding some of the most amazing things my eyes have ever seen; things that compare to the images I am inspired by online. When it is just me and my drone, I don't have to worry about anything else, no drama, no feelings, no games... just technical difficulties here and there ;) In the past few weeks, I have been coming up with more and more ideas of work that I'd like to do with my drone. None of it is work work, mostly all stuff I want to shoot myself and everyday I look forward to doing that because in the end, I know that is what will make me happy.
I've never been the type of person to rub what I do in peoples faces and brag about my accomplishments, I feel it is better to stay humble and respect others no matter what they do. I am not perfect by any means but I do strive to encourage people to do what they want with their lives and try to show them that there is nothing stopping them from chasing their dreams. I think from here on out, my goal in life is to continue to create my own work that has meaning to me and inspire others to be themselves and do what is important to them. Sometimes we need to forget about others, forget the opinions, judgement and criticism. Be yourself and don't let anybody stop you.