In addition to being a photographer I am also a student in mechanical engineering. I will be finishing my degree in two months and for a long time I struggled with what I wanted to do post graduation. Should I get a job? Go to grad school? I applied for jobs and graduate school, but neither were what I really wanted to do. The idea of going on to get a master's degree became a way I could put off making a long term decision, I could dabble in a few things without having to jump in.
My passion is with photography and visual storytelling, but I also knew that I didn't want to completely abandon my engineering education. Then a little over a month ago with the help of my wife I finally decided on what I would do after I graduate.
I will be continuing my photography and will continue to push my craft to the next level. Second I will be launching a photo and video gear company catering to outdoor photographers and filmmakers. The first product will launch in the coming months.
At first I felt a little embarrassed to tell people what my plan was. After all engineering is a stable job, has good benefits, and a good salary. Starting your own business is risky and scary stuff, why would you want to do that? Because it is what I'm passionate about.
I want to tell the stories of the beautiful landscapes of the world and the people that enjoy them. I want to design the equipment that will help me tell those stories better and help others do the same.
It's a big leap for me to take. I'm excited, nervous and a little scared all at the same time, but I'm ready to work hard at what I love.
None of this would have been possible without the support of my wife and I am incredibly grateful for her support in these endeavors.
Before writing this post I was watching Chase Jarvis Live with Dr. Brene Brown on vulnerability and that it is a good thing. So here I am writing about my future plans that I was afraid to really tell anyone a month ago. You can check out the video below. It's pretty long, but well worth it.