Giving Thanks: Two Years Of Travel Photography

It’s been two years. Two years ago, I picked up my first SLR and embarked on a new chapter in my life. I took a break from the corporate world and traveled the Caribbean for five months.

Most of that time was spent in Jamaica and also in that time, I developed a new love – a love that was under my nose my entire life but that I never stopped to notice: photography.
Last Sunday, I had the privilege of talking to a successful, published and respected travel photographer who is on staff at a major US newspaper and has been for years. The first thing he said to me – and mind you I have never met him in person – was “I congratulate you… for having the courage to step aside from the corporate world long enough to acknowledge and feed your soul.”
I was stunned. And I knew right then that I couldn’t let the occasional setback distract me from my goal.  I had the right to pursue something I loved and I was blessed to even have something that I loved doing this much.
So in writing this post I decided to look at the other angle, as I look forward to the next two years:  what have I achieved since discovering and pursuing professional photography? Most life coaches tell you that successful people always take the time to celebrate a milestone and take the time to list all of their achievements, big and small. It boosts confidence and dismisses that voice of self-doubt we all experience at times.  I couldn’t possibly list all of the amazing cultural experiences and people I met on the road that came with practicing this art.
But as a motivational exercise for myself, and as inspiration to others who are wondering whether to pursue something they love, here is a list of some of my publication accomplishments these past two years:
  • Published in Lonely Planet Travel Magazine – “Reggae On The Beach in Jamaica” Best Travel Experience Feature (Sept 2010).
  • Commissioned and published by The Grenada Board of Tourism (Spring 2010) for their new website and print marketing materials.
  • Hired and published by luxury, celebrity-resort La Luna, in Grenada (Spring 2010).
  • Published in the UK Guardian as a Finalist in two photo competitions “Architecture” and “Chance”  (April 2010 and November 2009).
  • Published in the London Travel Guide by Schmapp “Eurostar Train Station.”
  • Published in the Jamaica Gleaner newspaper for a shot of “Jungle King” the fire eater (Spring 2010).
  • Published by the Matador Travel Network, “Weekend Wanderlust.”
  • Commissioned as assistant photographer for the Annual Reggae Marathon in 2008 and 2009.
  • Commissioned as assistant photographer for the Annual Jamaica Jazz Festival 2010.
I look at this list now and I am humbled and thankful. I plan to push harder this coming year and get to the point where I do photography at least for more than a quarter of my time. When you really love something, the sky is the limit.
For now, I want to say thank you to all for following my work, supporting, enjoying, commenting and mostly encouraging me in my craft – whether you are a travel lover, fellow photographer or one of my wonderful mentors!
And lastly, the images I capture are truly for others to experience with me what I live on the road and to showcase the amazing cultures that surround us. So enjoy, because I have much more in store for 2011.
*Apologies for the formatting issues but am overseas and WordPress is not cooperating.

One Comment

  1. Congratulations on an amazing two years so far! More accomplishments will come your way in 2011 :)