Happy Saturday evening from Seattle, WA! It's been an exhausting yet productive last few weeks with relocating to the Pacific Northwest . I have a newfound appreciation of Seattle's cafe scene and how they resemble more of a community than a coffee shop. I've been commandeering the corner table and using it as a makeshift desk for the past 3 days to set up a mobile office and knock out editing and emails. Being a travel photographer means I need to be portable and able to set up shop anywhere, because there's always a million and one things left to do. It's difficult not having a home office at the moment, but just one year ago I would have never thought I'd be sitting in Fremont, Seattle blogging my adventures while having just finished editing a wedding I photographed in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Sure, I've worked hard to get where I am, I'm talented and a solid photographer, and I've busted my ass for the last 3 years in the wedding industry to get here, but I know there's something more at work here that's responsible for the opportunities that I come across. The law of attraction is a powerful thing indeed.
Seattle is an amazing place. I love how it's a city that is harmonious with nature and is "alive" on many aspects and levels, which is especially noticeable as day turns into night. The weather has been nothing short of perfect and sunny, unlike the accepted myths that it's a dark, rainy hell all the time. I'll continue to explore and enjoy Seattle and journalize my adventures. I'll post a few photos here that I've taken on my iPhone to give you a sense of the city and what I've been up to. You can also follow me on Instagram at @RonDelhayePhoto to keep up.
Several new projects that I've worked with on in the last few weeks are beginning to pick up and really show promise, which I'm pretty excited about as well. I'll be mentoring inner city youth in my home town community in Northwest Indiana and teaching a group of 12-14 year old boys the basics of photography and photojournalism, and how to document the adventures that we are planning to take them on all over the US and the world. My friend Kevin reached out to tell me about his organization "Upportunity" and that he wants me on board to grow the organization and spread their message. It's fulfilling to be looked up to as a mentor and a teacher and really amazing to know you taught a kid a talent that they will value for the rest of their life.
As I'm waiting for photos to export from Adobe Lightroom, I thought it a great time to force myself to journal and document what's going on in a blog. 2016 is progressing quickly and I'm leaving Seattle tonight for Aspen, CO to meet and greet with vendors in the Aspen wedding circuit and follow up with several photography-related business leads. I'm looking into a styled editorial shoot as well (if there are any vendors around Aspen, CO reading this in time) if anyone wants to reach out to me.
Until next time, have a great weekend everyone!