I've never left. I didn't even get a break!

March 28, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

That's right.  Pandemic my tail!  You might think I took a hiatus from this business but quite the contrary, 2020 and 2021 were interesting.  While 2020 saw some things go sideways, I still shot a fair amount of weddings for another studio I contract with.  We saw some business push to the right a little and I'll talk about that in a second.

The day job in 2020 was also interesting as the government went into lockdown, lockout, everyone stay home except you contractors and blah blah blah.  You read about it.  No worries, I was there doing my cyber wargame planning and assisting Uncle Sam with DoD Joint-level doctrine and policy guidance just like normal.  I helped some other photo studios out where needed and did my share of odd jobs too.

2021 went bonkers.  All those 2020 gigs that pushed right caught up with all the "already-scheduled" 2021 gigs and I found myself shooting over 20 weddings, multiple engagements and events, and a few portraits here and there.  One of my favorites is right here below.

 

These two are my neighbors and probably the two hardest working people I know.  We were so excited to learn they were adding to the family and yes, that is their tractor.  And I bet she drives it better than him.  2021 also saw a lot of change in my day job life as I was let go as a government contractor due to funding decisions by the government.  Then I picked up the absolute best day job I've ever had (a post-military career that is) working for a small cybersecurity firm out of Plano, TX.  There are people from that team I still can't let go of and truly hope we all find ourselves on the same team again.  I don't know why I feel that way.  It was just special.  They are special.  It was just a damned good team. I love 'em all like brothers and sisters.

Let's catch up.  Not all things last and as is normal in a small publicly traded business, that company got a new CEO and he let almost that entire team go two weeks before Christmas 2021.  It was bad.  I was scared.  But God, the stars and planets, and nature aligned, and a good friend I had worked for in the past and I connected.  Turns out my experience on the last job was exactly what his new team needed and so here I am.  Not only do I shoot photography as often as y'all will hire me, but I'm also the Marketing and Digital Media Director for a Cyber Workforce Development company.  Why does that matter in regards to my photography? 

Think blogging, Vlogging, video recording/editing/producing, website management, advertising, and running a video recording studio. Yes Sir and Ma'am, right up my alley.  Now I get to bring all my interests and skills together into one big melting pot.  Crazy right?  The weird thing is I had been planning to start my own podcast (and did...BokehTexas on Buzzsprout...Google it) and a new blog (BokehTexas on GoDaddy) to go with it.  Those are supposed to talk about things mostly photography-related, but will most likely dive into the technology that is designed, created, and made here in the great Republic of Texas. Plus I still want to document both in story and photographically some small-town pro's who still do it the old-fashioned way.  And I'd like to do everything I can to help every other small-town rural business.

So all I can really say is:  Stay in your stirrups, hang on to your reigns, and help me keep this ride going.  Until next time...

Happy Trails 


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