Monday, November 21, 2016

It's almost Thanksgiving - Here is what I am thankful for!

Here in the U.S. we celebrate Thanksgiving this Thursday, and it gives us a chance to think about the things that we are thankful for. I don't just think about this at this time of year, but it is a good time to share this with all of you.

Here is what I am most thankful for:

Family


First and foremost, I am thankful for my family. My wife and kids each have their own unique personalities and each of them is amazingly creative in their own rights. They have also been very supportive, as I have travel all over the world and away from home so much. I have a lot to be thankful for, but this one is the biggest!

Friends

Not only do I have my long time friends from college and beyond, but I have also made countless friends in the photo community. I am reminded of this at each trade show, when I walk through the hallways and see so many incredible people whom I have known for years.

Amazing Clients

I am grateful for having so many awesome clients. Sure, I am thankful for them trusting me to be their photographer and for giving me the ability to be a successful full-time photographer. But I am actually more thankful for being able to call so many of them friends.

Independence


As many of you know, this was the year when I retired as Director of Marketing at Lexar and dedicated myself full-time to my photography business. This was a big decision for me, but one that has already proven to be the right choice. I now have the ability to focus 100% on my passion of photography and do what I want to do. After spending more than 10 years doing both jobs, it is SO NICE to focus on photography and have some time to relax.

Creating Art

I am thankful for finding the passion for photography and changing the way I see the world. Every time I take a photo, I get excited about what I just captured. I know many photographers who despise the editing process, but I look forward to downloading my photos and retouching them to finish my art. Most times, I am just as excited about this part of the creative process and taking the photo.

Seeing the World

I know that most people in the world never get a chance to travel outside of their home country, and I am forever thankful for the opportunities to travel the world and see so many epic locations.

All of You

I am eternally grateful for all of you who read the blog, follow along on social media, watch the videos and share the passion for photography. Each day, I receive messages and feedback from you, and I am constantly inspired by your photos and stories.

As you can see, I am very fortunate to have all of this in my life. Each day, I pinch myself, that I am able to do what I love and be in a position to share the excitement with all with you.

Regardless of whether you celebrate the holiday of Thanksgiving or not, I hope that each and every one of you has a list this long!!

Jeff

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4 comments:

NoGoodGuitarPicker said...

You've really encouraged me to take my work to the next level, and I am grateful for that. So in reply to your post of thanks... thank you, Jeff.

Sullivan J Photography said...

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Rosalinda said...

So late on my readings but this is very uplifting Jeff -- awesome post!!! You have travel the world so you have seen/know how fortunate we are to live in this side of the world. Happy belated thanksgiving. Beautiful family!!!

Oluwatosin Alabi said...

Congratulations boss.I am also thankful for making you an inspiration for someone like me.