I can’t tell you how many of my artist friends who complain about how their legs and knees and necks are giving them problems. The pain of dragging a camera bag, strobes, modifiers and whatever else you need to complete a job adds wear and tear on our bodies. It’s one of those necessary evils to create work that will keep our clients loving us. Yet, we don’t love ourselves when we don’t take care of our bodies. We carry pounds of equipment weekly, and sometimes, daily. Our bodies can only take so much before it completely gives out. Physical activity, beyond lugging gear, can be beneficial to your physical, mental and creative sensibilities.

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As an artist/entrepreneur, we’re always looking for ways to maintain our creativity and our finances, especially during slow seasons. During the winter, work can be nonexistent. Clients are away for the holidays or may be regrouping for upcoming projects in the new year. Bills still need be paid and food still needs to go in the refrigerator. That means our time is either spent evaluating or creating our marketing and creative strategies for our brand. Unfortunately, we as photographers have to find ways to sustain our personal lives.

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Happy New Year! Welcome to a new journey, a new perspective, and newfound enlightenment. I’m happy we get to share the new year together. If you’re reading this, it was meant to be. I’ve been preparing to share a portion of my story with you in case we’re meeting for the first time. So, allow me to introduce, and reintroduce, myself.

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