Feb 14, 2018 | By: ALiVe Photography -Brian KZ Kotzot
I've been working for a few years now to make that jump to a full time photographer who shoots what I want and infuses my perspective and style into what I'm shooting. In so many ways I've been self-delaying and only daydreaming about making Photography as my career. I listened to podcasts with professional photographers, dabbled and mostly frustrated myself in attempted retouching with a dated Adobe Creative Suite 5 program, and piecing together pieces of gear that I thought I needed. I would soothe my inner photographer by telling him that it wasn't time yet and I need more ____ (fill in the blank) before I could become professional and get the gigs that really paid.
What changed that, or the first major step in changing that, was stepping outside my comfort zone and taking on those challenges which allowed me to fail a little so that I could also have the opportunity to succeed. This took shape when I was listening to a podcast from a photographer that I had been regularly listening to and trying to give serious thought to her message. I remember all the times I've been given advice that I knew fell on deaf ears, but despite that I would follow onto give the most honest and beneficial advice to help that person along their journey. While listening to that podcast I realized that not only was the advice something I could take note from, but the guest was someone who lives in Denver, approximately one hour from where I live. I had previously tried to talk with professional photographers that I had crossed paths with and walked away with little help or advice. This time I took notice of the guest's information, went to her website, and found her contact information. I tailored a message just hoping to have a chat over coffee at her convenience to schedule and location. I was presently surprised to not only get a pleasant reply but also a time frame to meet in person. The funny thing about the whole interaction is what she explained to me about the photography as a career and what steps she took were things I had heard before and knew were crucial steps if I wanted to become more then a day-dreaming hopeful photographer. I needed to come ALive with what that passion and bring it into my photography