Last month I had one of the most amazing photography related experiences of my life. Mystic Seminars came to Portland at the Benson Hotel and I was lucky enough to be able to attend. In it's tenth year, Mystic Seminars is three days of education and socialization with hundreds of incredible photographers from all over the world.
Needless to say I came away very inspired; ready to get out there and shoot. One of the biggest things I came away with was the importance of personal projects. Nearly all the speakers stressed the need for shooting for yourself instead of only for clients. Something I've been wanting to do for the longest time is just to be able to go meet people and take pictures of them in their normal every day environment. After the second night of Mystic, and a fun late night group bowling adventure, I finally had the chance.
I met Ron outside of the Benson Hotel. He was working as a Valet. Ron was one of the most open and friendly people I've met in a long time. He was happy to let me take his picture, and we ended up talking out on the cold Portland sidewalk till 1:30 AM. In the time I spent with him, I could tell he works hard. While he takes his job very seriously, he has dreams of working in the automotive industry. I wish him all the best in his future endeavors.
One of my goals for this year is to do more photography like this, to get to know some people and photograph them in their environment.
Here's to meeting many more interesting people in 2015.