1. What is something not too many people know about you?
Not many people know that aside from photography, I actually have a degree in agriculture and also work as an agronomist. A lot of you are probably thinking, "what the heck is that?" Well, I went to school to learn about crop production, why and how farmers grow what they grow, and the best management practices possible for each specific crop. I help farmers year round, and spend my summer months outside making sure the crops are getting everything they need to produce.
2. What are your biggest passions or hobbies?
Obviously, photography is a huge passion. I also love to garden. This past summer, I had my own cut flower garden and would give bunches of flowers to family and friends. Everything I do revolves around being outdoors. I spend so much time outside throughout the year, whether that's for my job, taking photos, or just enjoying different activities like hiking, snowboarding, hammocking, you name it!
3. What are your goals for the future?
Oh, man. Where do I start. In early 2018, I'll be moving to Oregon. I'm hoping that I can take my photography career to the next level and really find my niche. I hope to establish a brand that really pushes people to get off the couch (get it?) and spend more time outdoors. I have some personal goals as well. I used to run a lot, and am going to push myself to get back into it. And if we're looking ahead long term, I'd love to own a farm!
4. What is your definition of success?
Success can be found in many forms. One person's vision of success may be completely different from another's. Staying focused on that vision and not comparing yourself to others can make all the difference. If you can make a living doing something you love, to me that's what being successful is all about. It's not worth it to spend day in and day out being unhappy. Life is short, so pursue your passion. It can be scary, nerve-wracking, and even frustrating so be patient, and enjoy the process.
5. Tell us something about the project you're currently working on.
This fall, I partnered with another photographer and we hosted a meet and greet for other creatives in our area. We gave away sponsored door prizes, had snacks and beverages, and I couldn't have been happier with how it turned out. A group of us started a Midwest creative community called The Hive Society (@thehive.society). It's in the beginning stages, but we're hoping it will take off and allow people in the Midwest to connect and collaborate! I have a few brand collaborations planned for the month of January as welI. I am holding off on any other big projects until after my big move, but once I'm settled there will be a lot of exciting things in the works.