My website and Facebook pages are coming up on the one-year anniversary mark - something in which I take a lot of pride. In previous posts, I have mentioned my sources of photographic inspiration and those that have helped me by simply being willing models. I want to take a moment to personally thank a few other individuals that have been instrumental in helping me get where I am today. And with all the negativity in the world generally, I believe we far too often pass on chances to just say ‘thank you’. I am far from where I want to be with my passion, but I can’t honestly say I would be where I am today without the help and encouragement of those around me.
Mom! It all starts with her. A role model in so many ways, she has always encouraged my endeavors. Not only did she get me my first DSLR camera, but my first printed and framed image hangs proudly on her wall. She follows my work religiously and gives me positive feedback every step of the way. She has let me use her house and garage for some of my most outlandish shoots without hesitation. By far my biggest fan and strongest supporter. I simply can’t say enough about her. Thank you Mom!
My wife! She puts up with my late night editing, photo shoots on the weekends, corners of the house full of photography equipment, and the occasional pestering to be a model for some of my ideas. She helps me come up with ideas for composition, props, poses, and helps me convert my images into calendars and wall prints. She is also incredibly handy in editing when I’m trying to match certain colors as I am sadly …..colorblind. When I’m out late at night under the summer sky in the middle of no-where doing some astrophotography, she’ll send me texts telling me to enjoy myself. Thank you Skittle!
Christopher Decker! You would think simply being an amazing trial attorney that I have had the pleasure to work under, watch, and learn from, would be enough. But he’s far more than that to me. He has encouraged my creative expressions from day one. He has offered his house, swimming pool, himself, and even his gorgeous family for use in my creations. We even joined forces in the creation of Two Grasshoppers; a Facebook page that celebrates inspirational images and quotes. Chris sees my passion for my hobby and encourages me to follow it doggedly. Something I greatly appreciate. Aside from being an excellent attorney, a good friend, and a constant source of encouragement, Chris is the type of person I think we all want to be. Intelligent, kind, passionate, caring, strong, and always there for you, Chris walks the walk and leads by example. Thank you Chris! For everything!
Paul Origlio! There would be no Steele Style Shots website or Facebook page without words of encouragement from Paul. “You are more than just another guy with a camera”, sums up Paul’s words of wisdom to me. Over breakfast in a quaint restaurant a little over a year ago, Paul encouraged me to at least try and make something of my photography. He quite plainly made it obvious I would probably regret not trying to do more with my passion. Before this breakfast with a good friend and another excellent attorney, I had no intention of creating a website or Facebook page for my work. I would post images on my personal Facebook page and that was about the extent of sharing my work. Paul made me feel I might be short-changing myself if I didn’t at least try. If I remember correctly, we had breakfast midweek and I pondered his advice the rest of the week. By the end of that weekend, I had my sites up and running with more determination and enthusiasm for my passion than ever before. Thank you Paul! We are due for another breakfast.
Chris Terry! I can’t even recall how many years we have been friends. Frankly, I can’t remember any years that we haven’t been friends. Regardless, Chris has become my partner in crime when it comes to photography (actually when it comes to just about anything). For several years we kind of did our own things when it came to photography but lately we have been collaborating on ideas and photoshoots. The joy of any hobby is that much greater when shared with a like-minded individual. It is also fun to have someone to talk cameras and equipment with as well. Chris has recently started his own Facebook and website pages for his photography and I encourage you to check it out. Thank you Chris! And for more than just being a photography buddy – despite you being a Bronco fan!
I know, I know. I’m making it sound like I’ve reached the pinnacle of my hobby and I am making an acceptance speech for some grandiose award. As mentioned earlier, I’m far from where I want to be with photography, but why wait to thank those that helped (and are helping) you along the way? And this is by no means an exhaustive list. Thanks goes out to everyone that has helped or encouraged me in some way, from assisting with shoots, to being a model, or simply sending me ideas through social media Frankly, too many to name. I’m excited to see what the next year holds for Steele Style Shots and just as excited to meet new individuals that will help shape my passion even further!
Keep the interesting parts of life in focus.