The power of social media

Whilst sitting in Starbucks updating my website, blogging, uploading pictures and catching up with my photography work I was surrounded by lots of people making use of the free wifi, also working. 

I noticed the guy next to me, he worked for Bacardi. Not long after I got a new like for my page. The guy next to me had noticed my work.  

This is what he said:-  

"Hey Neal, sorry for the random like. I saw you in Starbucks earlier and thought I'd say hi! You seem very talented by the way, some great work you're doing!

Hope you enjoy the rest of your day! 😊"

He made my day. And totally demonstrated that when you work for yourself you're ALWAYS at work, always on display. Thanks for the like Matthew! 

Creative Direction

Carpe Diem - seize the day!

When my day job stopped, I asked myself if I was strong enough to pursue my dream of being a professional photographer. Should I take the plunge and go for it. The universe answered with a resounding YES!

I don't know how spiritual you are, but I've always felt things happen for a reason. A sudden end of contract presented an opportunity to me and I am going to grab it by the horns and run with it. Even just from talking to my neighbour today, I am giving my first photography lesson which excites me immensely. I am bouncing ideas off my network of friends, all of whom say they will be supporting my work, by getting me in front of people who need my skills.

This year alone I have completed photoshoots for FreshEgoKid and LittleLife. The past two days I have been asked about weddings (Do I do them? - YES!); Corporate Imagery for websites (Easy); and now giving lessons. I know that by getting myself out there, by pushing something I am truly passionate about I can make it.

The influence will even spread abroad - with my Swedish Family (as I call the motley collection of friends I have in that beautiful country) I am already lined up to do a behind the scenes shoot for Alcazar, and hopefully making it work to shoot one of my favourite artists, someone I am honoured to call a friend Miss Sarah Dawn Finer. We will see how that pans out. 

Very exciting times. I get to be my own boss. Call the shots. Take the risks. And do something that feeds my soul. I couldn't be happier.