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Message from the Board - November 2013
Ivan Martinez Photography
Last month I was invited to cover a 2 day conference. As I photographed the
events, I had an opportunity to listen and learn from the presenters. The
conference was put together by local Mesa publisher and good friend, Pam
Slim. The conference was in prelaunch for Pam's new book: Body of Work which
is to hit the streets December 31.
The theme of the conference and the topics that were discussed, resonated
with me and made me think about my professional career as a photographer.
For the last 5 years I have worked hard to build my business. I have focused
on growing it by servicing current and potential clients while doing
something I love. I feel very fortunate to be in this position. I greatly
appreciate the freedom I have. I can choose the projects I want to work
with. I can set time aside to do community work and support organizations I
feel very strong about. It was not a plan; but I now realize that by doing
this, I am creating a body of work. I am doing work that is entirely me and
hopefully will eventually be my legacy. After the conference ended, I took
time to review my business and how I approach my daily work. As a result I
am making a more concerted effort to continue to develop my company; but put
a stronger emphasis on doing work that is meaningfull. In reviewing my
notes from the conference I remember writing the following:
You build a body of work when you allow yourself to be creative, do work
that contributes to the betterment of your community. You accomplish this
with work with work has positive effect and is impactful. So doing what you
love is a great freedom; but doing work that contributes is a purpose. I
believe it is important that we do what we love and allow our creativity to
flourish; but we need to find a connection with the community we live in and
make sure we are not just doing work; but rather we are contributing to make
the place we live a much better and richer place.
So as we close the year and start to look ahead at 2014, let's ask ourselves
the question. What do I want my body of work to look like?
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