Day 0: The Next 100 Days

“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