"I've been trying to get back into creating shit but my day job just draining the life outta me. Been debating on quitting the job and focusing on sharpening my talents, but I need that money and the shit I make isn't bringing in enough cash. Do you have any advice on how to work around this? Have you gone through something like it?"
I have definitely been there. My last 9-5 type of job was an hour or so commute each way Monday-Friday. I just pushed myself to try to make the most of any spare time that I had. Figured if I spent the available time doing what I love I would just be happier in life. I used that as motivation even when I was tired.
Now I don’t believe in forcing yourself trying to create but just take your time. One piece of advice I give people is take advantage of the day job. Meaning that if photography is your passion and you love it, you have the ability to take your time to develop your eye with out the pressure of making money off of it.
Once you put the idea of making money with what you love doing then you are going to turn that passion into the same feeling of a day job. Keep at it in an honest way and it will eventually pay off.
If you’ve ever wondered should you quit your day job and pursue your dream, consider this. I still have my day job to nurture my side job. I love that I’m a part of cancer research, but I also love my interaction with people in front of my lens!
To find out how far you’ve come, sometimes you have to hit the reset button to see how you got here. Today I picked up the latest roll of film I shot with and I’m quite happy with them. I still have my father’s old Nikon FM 35mm and it’s been his workhorse since the late 70′s, early 80′s. So I dusted off the old light meter and went to town.
Nikon FM 35mm
Nikkor 50mm lens
Ilford PLUS 400 film
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More gems I found in the archive to practice on. Beauty editing isn’t easy, but I think I’m getting the hang of it. Not perfect, but almost.
Model: @madeyeprios | @hmmodels
I think I’m getting a little better at this.
Model: Faith (IG: @faithy4512) | Halvorson Model Management (@hmmodels)
HMUA: Josanna Aguilar (@hanieebabiee) using makeup by House of Beauty Co. (@houseofbeauty.co)
If you’re following me, I haven’t been posting lately. Trying to find time to schedule shoots and gain more content for future endeavors is difficult when all you have are vacations and kids birthday parties lined up.
But I’ve noticed that I had no time to share my last editorial that was featured in Endee Magazine this past March! I know, kill me. It’s my first boudoir-style editorial and I couldn’t be more proud of the team!
DIZZY MUSE Editorial
Models: Christina (@christina.enaa) and Eliza Tee (@elizatee)
HMUA: Janyl Moreno (@jamoreartistry)
Stylist: Prince Kaleo (@princekaleo)
So, where have I been lately?
I’ve been working the regular 9 to 5 as well as getting something started again with my old moniker. If you’re following me on Instagram, I decided to do a major rebrand a few years ago. I felt being SUITE 307 Photography had a lot of substance, but really had nowhere to go. But rather letting it die, I did a lot of digging and soul searching and found that SUITE 307 is still a part of me. It was where my vision was born, it was where my musical creativity blossomed, and it is where my life literally started.
With that said, I feel as though the Phoenix is rising. The goal now? To go back to where it all started. Hitting the reset button once again and this time putting the foot on the gas pedal!
S O U L J A H
Negative spacing action with @baconandbiceps for @fly_as_fk
W O N D E R
This girl killed it on Saturday!
Test Shoot with model: Heather VK | Halvorson Model Management
C A N D Y
My latest session with @aieko_espejo. This was one of the non-submissions for @hellatees
That ‘64 though!
Dying for some sun right now.
Lookbook session for Goldenist.com