Last month I was invited to give a TEDx talk at the Emory and Henry College in Virginia and it was a smashing success! This was my first TED talk and I was asked to address what it’s like to have a DIY career as a travel photographer for big name clients like National Geographic and the New York Times. It was a challenge to memorize a 12 minute talk because although I’ve done a lot of public speaking, I’m used to the crutch of a podium and my computer for prompting me in the right direction. The other pressure came from knowing that you have 6 or so video cameras trained on you, recording your every breath. It took many meetings over Skype with the TEDx committee at the college to settle on the final monologue, which focuses on the importance of other people who help make your career and dreams possible. The talk offers some encouraging words for young photographers, so feel free to share this with anyone who you feel might benefit.
One of many fun and interesting stories I got to shoot last year was for the Oregonian’s Mix Magazine, which has turned up on this month’s cover. Yippee! The story is about a Nocino making party. It was an absolute blast to photograph, (and also to partake in the festivities!). The food was magnificent, the people were so wonderful to work with: it was a marvelous afternoon of fun and learning. The story was photo edited by Mike Davis and written by foodie extraordinaire Martha Holmberg. Thank you Mike and Martha!!! (All shot with the Canon 5D)