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What's UP guys!

It's December and you know what that means! Well...people who follow Youtube will mainly know.

IT'S VLOGMAS! That means every day till Christmas a vlog will be out.  I'm back at it again going head first and wanting this to be my momentum to keep on vlogging. Any who go check out my vlog and ALSO big shout out to Will Ingram for his Official First Friday @ Heart of the City and also saw Steven Cornfield doing a pop up shop for his brand Cut & Caliber.  If you need any hair product and such go check out their website!

Back on the Blogging/Vlogging Game!

Hey guys!

Hope everything is going well with you all! Been busy with work and a good friend of mine from WAY BACK WHEN! is back in town and never really explored Alaska!

So I thought we would go to a nice little spot and check it out.  I hoped it would be a nice sunny day but ended up being a rainy hike which was also fun anyways!

Check out the little video and hope to see you in the next post!

Back on the Post!

Hey! 

It's been a while since my last post.  Been super busy and getting things organized in my life.  One thing I've learned in working for myself is GIVE VALUE! That will return itself 100 fold.  Stick to your guns, do what you believe and give value.  I've learned that and knowing how to sell yourself on what you can do is key.

I am going to say that networking is key in any business.  There will be the "BS" clients that will come your way but that's just given with any type of work.  Learn to deal with those and keep the ones you like happy and they will give value back in one way or another.  

It is true that if your business does not make it past the 5 year mark then you probably did something wrong to not make it that far.  Either not meeting enough people or not wanting to work as many hours as you needed.  That is what I'm learning in working for myself.  Doesn't matter on what you want.  You can WANT to be filthy rich, WANT to have that super nice house, WANT to have that nice car.  But if your not wanting to put in the time to make it work then your doing something wrong.  Complaining about how much your actually working or your not making enough money doesn't cut it in this world.  If your sleeping from 9PM-7AM every single day, watching every single sports game that fits your fancy, every popular show of the season, and complaining about how your life isn't great.  THEN CHANGE IT UP! Find another job that you can work between 9PM-7AM, sleep a little less, and make extra cash.  

Don't be concerned about what other people think.  It's not their life, its yours.  If your satisfied with how your life is then this post isn't for you.  This post is for those who want to do more in their life or feel that there is something lacking.  Go utilize your time and stop complaining about not having enough time, cut the fat out of your life and do something productive.  

Felt like making this post on the realization that has come to me in this year.  You can make your own money if you 100% put yourself in the business and be consistent.  If you feel like or KNOW that your lacking in funds. FIND A JOB TO SUPPLEMENT IT! All you have in life is time.  Only you can make use of that.  Give people value and you will get value back in one way or another.  Make expectations and don't bite more than you can chew.  Pay people what they are worth and on time.  

Everyone has potential but not everyone is meant for that lifestyle.  But if you are the type and KNOW KNOW yourself. Do that hustle and work.  Nothing in this life comes easy and cheap.  You will either pay for it through time or money or both.  Learn from it and learn yourself.

✌🏼

Don

Let's Talk Social Media

Ok. Here's the deal.  Now a days social media is king.  We all use it. We are all on our phones. No denying it that it does work.  Everyone has at least a Instagram, Facebook, Youtube, or Snapchat account. (I have all the above😅)  95% of people LOVE it when their images they post get ALOT of likes.  It makes them feel happy/excited/popular.  Even today's youth, majority of them when asked about a job they want to pursue. "I want to be a Youtuber", "I want to be Instagram Famous". This shows where the trend of how the market of today's society is.  I still goto magazines and such to get ideas of how to take photos and still watch movies to get inspiration on how to shoot.  But via advertising to the masses, Social media is best.  Lots of brands are now starting up just using social media as it's bread and butter.  To just get to the point. If you want legitimacy in business now a days, You have to have a certain number of followings on Instagram, certain number of subscribers on Youtube, certain number of "Points" on Snapchat and so forth. 

With the demand of getting more followers and likes a new market emerged from that. There are APPS out in the open that you can BUY Followers and Likes.  But those are short term.  You go from having about 100-150 followers to 5-10K within matter of weeks doesn't really make any sense.  Plus your engagement will only be very small.  20-50 likes per post with a 5-10K following doesn't make sense.  Also those bots will get deleted by Instagram every so often with the purge they do every year. So your money isn't worth all that. You have to be in it for the long haul and be in it for consistency.

I read a book by Gary Vee called "Jab Jab Jab RIGHT HOOK." Mainly talks about giving value to whatever you go do. Don't be the guy/girl who right from the get go ask for stuff.  People will tend to say no right away.  You haven't given any value to that person at all and doesn't make sense for them to say yes.  Like in boxing you keep jabbing to get a feel for the person and create a connection for the right hook. It is same for business and everything in life.  You give other people value and overtime you've given so much value that they have to say yes.  Mind you don't go overboard and give too much where its a detriment to yourself. But something you can give.  Weather it be extra time you have to spend to help out a friend, conversation, and money is just a sticky situation in itself so I won't get into that.  

It is same for social media.  Give value to other people like posting their images on your page and they will post yours on theirs.  Collaborate and help each other out.  There is plenty of space on these platforms to better each other and give each other value.  People can see when people are being genuine, especially on the internet.  

So social media...its a fast form of how life works.  You be consistent at it and do your best. It will reap results. PEROID. 

My First Wedding Video Shoot

So here I am with another blog and I'm actually surprised with myself on how I handled my first wedding shoot.  Mind you I didn't take photos for it but video.  It was a great learning experience and found out first hand that nothing goes as you plan.  But that is life and you have to be flexible with how the cards falls and learn how to pick it up.  My first fault was making assumptions which now I know not to do especially during events, always prepare for the worst.  I assumed that the groom would be in the same hotel getting ready and that did not happen at all.  So I drove over to the location where the event would be taking place and got some shots over there of the groom getting ready and drove back to the hotel and got the girls getting ready.  Then drove back to the event location and waited for both the bride and groom.  If it wasn't for my friend Cari who came to help me out and give me moral support I don't think I could of done it as well if she wasn't there.  I 100% owe her a nice dinner to say thank you! Any who I ended up being there for about 2:30pm? to about 10:30-11? so it was a full day of recording and being on my toes and getting enough b-roll to tell a nice story. I was shooting with my Canon 80D and also had my drone.  The lenses I used throughout the night was my 18-135mm Canon STM, 10-22mm USM, and 50mm f/1.4.  I think these did the job for me.  Only complaint on myself is getting faster lenses or just lenses that are fixed aperture so I didn't have to consistently change the F-Stop to adjust for me zooming in and out to get the right shots.  But you live and learn and go with the punches.  Make the gear work for you instead of you working for the gear.

Overall I was very happy with the end result and the clients were very happy which is 99.99% of what matters in this type of service.  

If you interested in watching the 1 min video I made for social media, Link is down below!

YOUTUBE

Another Day Another Hike

So I went on a hike today with Louis from @offgridphotography and he was going to go to Rabbit Lake anyways so he invited me to come with.  It was about a 5 mile hike to an awesome lake area which I will post photos later since I mainly took photos with my film camera and was vlogging somewhat with my DSLR.  

The end point was still a bit snowy but you could see how high the peaks were and was just amazing.  I will definitely be back during the summer to check out the hike and see more of the views.  Louis is definitely a cool dude and very inspired by Chris Burkard.  

Hopefully there will be more of these hikes in the near future with other IG-er's to collab on hikes and network in this state.  

Here is a small vlog of today's hike.  It isn't much but hope you guys enjoy! :)

YOUTUBE

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