Sometimes You Simply Need to Look Up
Two years ago, I was walking home from work with my wife after a long day. During our walk from the train, I looked down the straight and noticed two men looking up in the sky. This prompted me to look up and then I saw an object hovering in the sky. Little did I know that foreign object would become my happy obsession and start me on the path of being an entrepreneur.
The object in the sky was a drone. I spent a few minutes observing the gentlemen flying the drone and then bringing it in for a landing. They picked it up and were done for the day. I was fixated on knowing more about drones. Over the next couple of days, I spent hours researching drones, the costs, various makes and models and their uses. During my research, I found that the drone I was watching was primarily used for photography and making films.
After much research I purchased a drone and immediately started flying it. During my first flights it became apparent that I knew absolutely nothing about cameras. The drone while fun to fly was truly meant to be used a tool for photographers and videographers to enhance their work. This began my journey into photography and videography.
A couple of months later, I learned that my cousin had a drone that he used for his production company. He used drones to film prom send-offs for high school students. I started tagging along with him on gigs and which gave me real world experience flying and filming. This taught me how to look at the world threw the eyes of the lens. These gigs lit a fire in me and made me want to know more about photography and video. I took multiple online classes and then took another plunge. I purchased a mirrorless camera and multiple lenses. I felt like a little kid on Christmas.
Fast forward 2 years and I now have my own photography business that specializes in servicing small business. My company also has done work with some of the local schools doing virtual graduation videos. I also make time for personal projects as well. Last week, I had the pleasure of photographing a ballet dancer for my first personal project. If you told me told me 2 years ago, I would own a photograph business, I would have looked at you with a blank stare.
In summary, you never know where life will take you. Sometimes, you simply need to look up.
Author: Michael D. Robinson