I have been going back and forth for months on months deciding if I wanted to add a blog page to my site. At this time, I think it would be beneficial for me if people got a better idea of who was behind the lens. After speaking with others who blog consistently, I hear that typing out my thoughts in full transparency can be self-fulfilling. If that's the case then I actually wish I had started a little while ago, but better late than never.. right? PS -- I apologize in advance for the length of this post, I guess this serves as my extended bio.
In my blogs I plan to talk about a wide variety of things -- ranging from growing pains of entrepreneurship and self-employment, to pricing, to my vacations and work trips out of town. I aspire to post every week or so, but I won't hold myself to that. We'll see how it goes I guess! My mind jumps from thought to thought at 100 miles per hour, so bare with me!
As aforementioned in my About page, I'm Keenan. I turned 23 years old last month and I'm a freelance photographer, cinematographer and editor based in Raleigh, North Carolina. I got started in this field about 3 years ago. My father gave me his old Fujifilm camera to play with and I instantly fell in love with the art of still magic. I completely ran away with it. I think I may have a deeper root that was hidden however -- my brother and my best friends always had DSLR Nikons growing up, and I would love getting photographed so I could post cool pictures of myself on Facebook. Since I have started on this trek, I have inspired several family members to get involved in this field. Overall, the power of photography is quite amazing. The same goes for videography, however my passion for videography fell in place about a year after I started photography.
Though I started photography three years ago, I only started working professionally in this field once I graduated from college in May 2015. A day after graduation, I started interning with the Greater Raleigh Convention & Visitors Bureau (GRCVB - visitRaleigh) as a full-time authorized marketing photographer. While I was only paid for my gas mileage and a stipend at the end of the summer, I wouldn't exchange that experience for anything. Not only did I meet and work with wonderful people in the tourism industry, but I covered a numerous amount of events, as well as expanded my portfolio with hundreds of great photos. There is no way I would be where I am right now if it wasn't for my experience with the GRCVB. Ever since then I have been at it. Ranging from wedding videography, to live music photography, to ACC basketball photography and almost anywhere in between -- I try to keep busy. Currently, I contract work with various organizations and universities as I have stepped away from consumer photography temporarily (I plan to speak more in depth on that in a later post). I am also the senior video editor for David Williams Professional Photography and Cinematography (DWPPC).
Being 100% self-taught with all of this, I have made a lot of mistakes over the past 3 years. While some hurt more than others, they all have made me a better creator, and a better business man. I'm a sponge -- I make a point to learn something new from somebody or something every day, and I plan to make that a focal point for every single day I'm on this Earth. I have a couple mentors that I talk to and shoot for often that give me so much wisdom time and time again. I've turned my "young age" from being a weakness, into a strength.
All in all, I have enjoyed the ride so far and look forward to the journey ahead. I am extremely proud to say that I work for myself. I reap the benefits of self-employment, but it is an everyday grind and is not easy. It helps that I'm very confident in all of my skill sets. When I was in school I learned a ton of life lessons, but I was majoring in a field that I wasn't exactly sure how to pursue professionally. Deep down I honestly didn't even know if I wanted to pursue it. I'm grateful for that 1990s compact digital camera that was placed in my hands, old or not. What's for certain through it all is that that camera surely gave my life direction.
I think that's enough undirected talk for one night but stay tuned! My next blog post will be about my "workations". I actually feel refreshed after writing all of this! Thank you for reading, be blessed.