Chris Burkard Workshop 2018

On December 7 of 2018, I headed south to Los Angeles for an intensive workshop with photographer Chris Burkard. Chris is one of my favorite photographers and his work inspires a lot of the content I create and share with the world. The workshop lasted from 9 in the morning until 7 at night; and Chris shared everything from his editing process to life practices that will help lead you success in the business. Throughout the day I took a lot of notes; and, I wanted to share the four thoughts from Chris I found to be the most useful as well as the ones I have found to show up a lot in my life.

COMFORT IS NOT HAPPINESS

I think out of everything Chris said that day this quote is the number one thing that stood out to me the most. Being comfortable does not always mean that you are going to be happy; and that is one thing I have found to be true in my life, and within my career as a photographer so far. Every time I have ever challenged myself or done something completely out of my comfort zone, I have grown the most personally as well as produced the strongest photos professionally.

MAKE TIME TO MAKE RELATIONSHIPS THAT HELP YOU REACH YOUR END GOAL

One of the best things that I have done for my photography personally is getting to know other photographers in the Santa Barbara area, as well as attending the intensive workshop with Chris Burkard. I want to take any opportunity I can to learn from those who inspire the things I want to do with my life; in this case, photography.

GETTING GOOD AT SOMETHING YOU DON’T WANT TO DO WILL NOT BE VALUABLE

I have thought I needed to be good at it all; and I have learned that it’s not true. As someone who aspires to be a successful adventure and lifestyle photographer I don’t need to become good at portraits or studio photography. All I need to focus on is how I can become better in the genre of photography that I wanna thrive in.

YOU ARE ONLY GOING TO GET BACK THE WORK YOU PUT OUT TO THE WORLD

Prior to the workshop I had the mindset that I needed to share every piece of work I created. Occasionally this might have consisted of shots which I necessarily was not proud of. Since attending the workshop I have began to share only the work I am proud of, along with pieces which I believe go along with messages I feel need to be shared; and in order to attract clients I need and want to share the work that I only hope to create for them in the future.

All of these practices are something which I aim to apply to my work from here on out. This one day intensive workshop was by far one of the best things I have done to progress my career as a photographer. I see 2019 as a major year of growth and I believe these four thoughts from Chris will help me begin the growth that it is in store.

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