This was a much needed trip for me. I've had a lot on my mind lately and just wanted to get away for a little while to clear my mind. Oregon was one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to and I got to see a good amount of it in the three days I was there. A lot of people think a trip like this is leisurely and relaxing but I can assure you it was far from that. Luckily, I was able to go with my buddy Tom Harmon who is as addicted to photography/droning as I am. Because of that, we were able to hit every sunrise and sunset during the three day stay we had. The latest we woke up was 4:30am and we would spend the day traveling and shooting different spots while also taking a few breaks to eat/drink and try some of the stuff Oregon is known for (the coffee and beer was killer). Though we lacked more than enough sleep, it was all worth it to go see things I don't normally see over here in NJ.
If I learned one thing from this trip, it is that patience is always key. I am not the type of person to be patient and it is definitely a downfall, but when I am out in such a beautiful place and I am there to shoot and take awesome photos, rushing becomes something I tend to do so that I can squeeze in all the shots I want before that lighting goes away. There were plenty of times that I was getting frustrated but then I sat back and remembered where I was while looking at the beauty of it all and taking that in. Aside from shooting, I realize that patience is key for life in general. I have yet to be where I want in life, but everyday I put the effort into getting there. I don't want to rush the work I do, I don't want to rush the relationships I'm in, I don't want to rush through life just to try and get somewhere faster. Waiting for things and putting the time in to do them right seems to be more important than rushing it. I would much rather be patient, put the time/work into what I want and let things come to me when they should.
There is a saying that everything happens for a reason. After all I have been through this summer, I almost think that statement holds true. When I look back and think about certain things, whether they are good or bad, I realize maybe that did happen for a reason and I try to put the pieces together. I know that I am still young, I still have a lot to learn and it is good to realize some of these things now as I continue to grow. My trip was more than just for photos, it was a bonding experience where I got to meet new people and make new friends, it was something that opened my eyes and showed me what this world has to offer, it was something that told me I should be doing this more because this is what makes me happy, this is what drives me to do what I do.
After just getting home Sunday, I am right back to work. This week is a big week for me and there is a lot to get done. I am finally moving out of my house with my family and getting my own place with my business partner, Vin. We will have a new office space and will be able to work from one central location rather than living an hour and a half away and barley ever seeing each other. I think that this move is going to allow us to grow Simply Visual to where it needs to be. Like I was saying above, patience is key, this year our business will be two years old and we are just beginning to figure things out and get the work we want. I have a lot to look up to and I am proud to see how far we have come. It will be even better to see where we are in 5 years from now :) Enjoy some photos from my trip below. I have so many more coming and a video in the works too!