“What I receive I must pass on to others. The knowledge that I have must not remain imprisoned in my brain. I owe it to many men and women to do something with it. I feel the need to pay back what was given to me. Call it gratitude . . . To learn means to accept the postulate that life did not begin at my birth. Others have been there before me, and I walk in their footsteps.”
I read those words from Elie Wiesel and they spoke to a project I had been thinking about for a while. When it comes to photography, I’ve always been an enthusiastic student. Year after year I invest in education, using what I’ve learned to get better. The trail stops there when I fail to complete the circle by sending what I know back into the world. For some reason I just assume everyone else knows everything I know. But after attending styled shoots with other photographers, making new friends at workshops and conferences, and working with my own second shooters, I realize everyone is scattered along different points on their path.
So, over the next 100 days, I’ll be blogging daily to share what I know about shooting, weddings, film, lighting, business, marketing and self care as an entrepreneur. My hope is to add knowledge and encouragement to your journey, wherever you are along your path.
|Denise Karis is an Arizona photographer who enjoys musicals, Doctor Who and breakfast burritos. IG @denisekaris|
Hey. Do you mind if I tell you a story? One you might not have heard. All the elements in your body were forged many many millions of years ago in the heart of a faraway star that exploded and died. That explosion scattered those elements across the desolations of deep space. After so, so many millions of years, these elements came together to form new stars and new planets. And on and on it went. The elements came together and burst apart, forming shoes and ships and sealing wax and cabbages and kings. Until, eventually, they came together to make you. You are unique in the universe. There is only one of you. And there will never be another.