If I were to look back on the year 2017, both professionally and personally, I would have to say that overall it was a pretty fuckin’ EPIC year!
I got to see my oldest daughter graduate from high school and starting the next chapter in her life. Undoubtedly, one of the proudest moments for me as a father and I must say ranks right up there as the best of my 2017.
The year started out with me working full time at Ernst & Young but had long entertained the idea of moving on to pursue my photography business full time but at the beginning of the year, it became more of a serious consideration. I was growing tired of the corporate life. My heart and mind just weren’t in it anymore and I knew it was time to move on. Midway through the year, with the support of my wife, my kids, my family and friends, I finally decided it was time to jump ship. To my surprise, I ACTUALLY did it! I forced myself to step outside my comfort zone. This is NOT something I do! This was scary as all hell! Leave the security of the 9-5? NOT ME! The best part about it: I am still here to talk about it! I didn't break and I didn't die from it!
I had my biggest year in business selling 6 pieces of my artwork to Ernst & Young. My work to hang on the walls of their brand new building. Being able to have something I created hang on the walls of a Big 4 Accounting firm was quite an incredible feeling. As I had worked there for many years being able to leave a legacy, my legacy was just an indescribable feeling.
Another great moment for me, being featured in my friend Skip Cohen’s blog post. For those of you who have no idea who Skip is: he is first and foremost an incredible human being but he is also an amazing educator, speaker and writer who is very well known in the photography industry and I am proud to call him a friend.
Three of my boudoir images were selected to be in a magazine, which for me was an incredible accomplishment since I am new to the boudoir genre. That was definitely a highlight of my year, I am very proud.
I was awarded the Standing Ovation Award 2017 from my peers and fellow photographers in my AIBP group. The AIBP organization is the Association of International Boudoir Photographers. They are an amazingly talented group of photographers and an amazing community of people. To say I am honoured and over the moon excited is a gross understatement. Words cannot express my gratitude for this award.
Overall, I accomplished quite a bit in 2017 and am very proud of what I managed to do. I know there is a ton more work to do as an entrepreneur. There are many more challenges to overcome but I am so looking forward to taking on 2018! It’s going to be a kick ass year, I can just feel it!
I borrowed the following from a fellow photographer/friend of mine but this is how I am going to look at 2018:
Be A Fucking Wolf.
Be A Fucking Lion.
Take No Shit.
Eat People's Faces Off.
Be A Better Person.
Show People Who The Fuck You Are.
Never Apologize For Being Awesome.
Stay The Mother Fucking Course.
In this coming year I urge all of you to do at least 1 thing that forces you outside your comfort zone. Trust me, you won't regret it. You only live once, what do you have to lose? Challenges and roller coaster rides as an entrepreneur and business owner…I say BRING IT ON! I am here and I am ready for ALL of it!!!