It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.
— Theodore Roosevelt

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. 

Red Cliffs Preserve, Washington, UT

Red Cliffs Preserve, Washington, UT

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.