I was visiting with an acquaintance a few days ago. We are not particularly close but we talk once in a while. He was in town, driving through and we met at a local coffee shop..which where I live means Starbucks because that’s all there is.
We started talking about my adventure into nude photography. How I started, where I want to go and the positives and negatives of it all.
I don’t plan on shooting nudes forever. There are things I like about them and things I don’t and I told him this.
And then he asked me.. what is your favorite things to shoot. I said landscape.
Why don’t you shoot landscapes then?
I said there is not a lot of money in selling landscapes.
And then he called me a sell out.
Why do I shoot nudes? I love shooting nudes but if I could make money shooting landscapes I would say goodbye to all the pretty naked ladies in a heartbeat!
But here is what I said back to him…
I do like making money and if I am a sell out for making money so are you. You go to a job almost everyday of your life and you hate it. You work for someone else. You get told you can’t do thing right by your boss and you call me a sell out?
I still love what I do and I am a photographer first. I still love shooting nudes.. but when you can’t make a living doing the first thing you love, making a living doing the second thing is still awesome!
This dude is poor and miserable and I hope he learns someday that we live a world where we don’t make the rules and rules are older than time itself. If you want to play the game you lose automatically.
Today I am setting up an email list. I’ll have it ready soon. When I get it set up I will be able to send out free Lightroom presets, coupons and all kinds of goodies for the people I appreciate! That’s you!
Have a great day friends!
Workshops are happening soon!
One in Reno Nevada with Envy model agency and one in a cabin near Yellowstone! Both in October! Message me or visit my site for more info!
AND in September a friend of mine is renting a multi million dollar mansion and we are shooting with…. 28 models. Message me and I can tell you more!
Ikon Republik- I live and travel in a frickin van and I love my life! I founded a magazine, VEGA Magazine. My magazine is full of beautiful nude women and its based around the idea of respect and soon it will include amazing articles on how to improve your life! Out of the last 8 months, I have spent 4 of them living in the desert, under the stars and cooking over a campfire that was made with two sticks and a bow. I believe in self-sufficiency and integrity. My website is www.ikonrepublik.com