It was a long time coming. I have been trying to grow my account for so long now and it is a lot harder than I had ever imagined. Last year, I did not post too frequently until one day my buddy John came up to me and said that I should be posting more because I have so much content and that all I was doing was making excuses. I'll be honest, that comment stuck with me for quite some time. It was like a kick in the ass, a wake up call to create, a realization that I actually did have plenty to share.
This past summer, I was going through a rough patch and I looked at photography as a cure for it all. Even after long days of work or days where I was questioning what I was doing with my life, I knew that I could always go out and fly to take my mind off of reality. It helped, it helped a lot. I was constantly out creating day after day. My eye for aerials slowly seemed to improve the more I shot and my editing also got better and better. For me, it wasn't just about going somewhere to shoot, it was about finding something that would look awesome from the sky. I invested hours into finding new locations, driving to them and editing the photos I got from them all.
Social Media was by far my best outlet for sharing this stuff. Finally, I was beginning to get the attention I wanted on social media as an aerial photographer. I was getting featured on a few larger accounts, linking up with other photographers and just enjoying the good side of it all. Behind the scenes was kinda where everything fell off though. After months of posting every single day, winter finally came. Work has been slow and things are a bit ugly from above. It's cold, harder to find places to shoot and eventually all this caught up to me. I needed to just take a break from all the posting and consistent sharing.
I felt like I was forcing myself to go out and create all this work and I don't like that feeling unless I am happy doing it. I am usually super picky with what I choose to post too but in this case, it was more than that. I just felt trapped in a world of social media where things felt fake. This past week or so, I have been very inactive all around and I have to be honest, I think it was a much needed break for me to take. I won't get too deep into the details but I will say that I am going to keep it slow for a while and instead of posting everyday, I will be posting 3-4 times a week.
Now is my time to come back and try to grow my accounts more. From it all, I am not hoping for money or fame, but I am looking to develop a relationship with DJI and Sony so that everything I shoot represents their brand. Essentially, one of my biggest goals would be to become a brand ambassador for both of those companies. It may not come soon, but I will work pretty damn hard to get there. So back to work, back to flying and back to creating and hopefully inspiring many others to do the same :)