3 Life Changing Lessons Learned from My First Art Show
Can I tell you a secret? I'm actually fairly new to photography.
Yes, that's right, I'm not a master photographer . . . and I'm not afraid to admit that.
I actually failed a photography class back in my art college days. I was terrible at it and my teacher's lack of faith in my abilities showed just how much I didn't it. I've always been interested in it and wanted to explore it but my failure always kept me from picking up a camera in that capacity. However, after moving on to video production and filmmaking (check out my portfolio!), I started to see how photo and video worked hand in hand. Video production and photography professionals share many of the same tools and techniques. As I gained more video production experience I began to notice how important framing, lighting, and angles were as they pertained to the quality of my storytelling. I finally started to understand that I could actually tell a story with photos as well.
In the spring of 2014, I bought a Samsung NX2000 camera, for filmmaking; but, I started noticing its great photo capabilities as well.
This lead me to experimenting with different camera settings, techniques, and learning more to take better photos. I invested in better software and starting learning how to use new tools to hone my craft. All of this self-teaching and learning gave me the knowledge, wisdom, and understanding to take the photos I always wanted to take.
Soon, I began accepting paid projects such as professional head-shots, event photography, product photography, and more. I incorporated this into my video production work to offer one-stop solutions for business owners and entrepreneurs.
I even set-up a studio helping actors, producers, and entertainers to get the tools they need in order to be successful. Two years later, after accomplishing so much as a photographer, I set a new goal. I wanted to take everything I learned to make photographic art. I was ready to share the world around me through the perspective of my lens.
So, I decided to put together my first art show.
I called it the Rod Kirby Show because I wanted it to be a creative mix of who I am. It included nature photos, landscapes, fine art drawing, and even multimedia.
The show was a major success financially, spiritually, and professionally. I accomplished a lot and I walked away with new skills, clients, and exposure as an artist. As I reflect on the show there were many lessons learned that helped me along the way.
Here are 3 of the biggest that changed my life for ever;
It's taken me 2 years to get where I am today, but the journey was worth it. I've accomplished more than I could have ever imagined. The art show was really a proving ground for this new season of my life. It proved that God does exactly what He says He'll do if you try Him. And, I proved to myself, that all things are possible if I set my foot on the path and walk by faith and not by sight.
What were the biggest lessons you've learned in your life? Share your thoughts below!
Wow! I am thoroughly impressed with your work but I am far from surprised! What an incredible journey to watch from afar. The zoom lense must be mind blowing!! Enjoy and go hard. #LESSON SHARE--details make the difference.
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