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The 30 Day Vlog Challenge

As many of you may remember, back in December and January of this year I put on a 30 day blog challenge in which several of you & my colleagues participated in.  After the challenge, I received emails and comments about how people were bummed that I wasn’t blogging as much anymore.  I knew I […]

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30 Day Blog Challenge - » - [...] I stumbled across a person doing a 30 day VLOG (video blog) challenge.  I like the idea, and know I need to spice things up a little, but dot know if I am ready for [...]April 24, 2012 – 8:39 am

Videos: How to Attract Targeted Traffic to Your Blog | | Blogging FearlesslyBlogging Fearlessly - [...] me out all weekend, it might be news to you that I’ve joined the 30 Day Vlog Challenge with Tim King and a bunch of other bloggers. It’s a really cool challenge and is forcing me to explore [...]April 2, 2012 – 1:43 pm

Lady - Tim, this is a FANTASTIC idea. I hope it goes viral. Goodluck with the challenge :-)March 30, 2012 – 9:25 pm

Marissa Rodriguez - Hi Tim! Ashley told me about this….sounds crazy. And I like it. :) I think I’m in!!!! I wanted to participate in the 30blog one you did in December but I got lazy HA! Thanks for doing this!March 29, 2012 – 10:47 am

Emilia Jane - I have a feeling this is about to be epic!March 29, 2012 – 6:40 am


So this entry is a bit more on the symbolic side of things – this past week I had the chance to re-connect with one of my mentors, Jasmine Star and my peers – the J* Jets, who happened to join me in Seattle for her workshop last April. The reason why this trip was so […]

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Jeff King - “He that is not busy being born is busy dying.”-Bob DylanJuly 6, 2012 – 9:31 pm

Moses de los Santos - Quote:

“You were born an original, don’t die a copy!”

- John MasonMay 7, 2012 – 2:39 pm

Moses de los Santos - Tim,

About year ago I met you thru craigs’ list and after our transaction I began to follow your work and it has soooo effected me on many levels! I changed my website because of you, I learned tons about being open and sharing photographic knowledge (something that I want to model more in my life). I feel as if I live vicariously thru your adventures, if I didn’t have the life that I have chosen I would of been on the road with you as well! I still think deep inside that I will be traveling and taking photographs!

Meanwhile on the subject of “the fix” I am an amateur photographer that is moving more and more into doing wedding photography, my day job is that of software/technology entrepreneurship and trying to launch a couple of businesses from ground zero. I too, like one of the comments on this thread, feel guilty from time to time about the money and time that I have placed on this photography calling/yearning. I sometimes feel as if I am living a duplicitous life, the one with photography in it and the other one (lol).

I do not feel that guilty, though, because photography has become a wonderful way thru which I am now slowing down to stop and look around me. As a type A personality I was always moving so quickly, that I missed what was right in front of my nose!! NOT ANYMORE!!! If it has accomplished anything its’ that it has allowed me to enjoy living in the moment.

Back to the Fix, I plan to put out an online magazine this summer of my adventures and I plan to work seriously on and a marketing plan that will target the kind of work that I want to shoot and the type of photographer that I wish to become. If I have to take a class from a particular institution or individual or get a nearby mentor (any ideas Tim?…lol) I will do so as well.

Thanks Tim, because of your example, I too want to open up more and be “real” about being alive and being on this photographic journey! As you have said to me “..its a process man!”

I leave you all with one of my favorite quotes:

“You were born a original, don’t die a copy.” — John MasonMay 7, 2012 – 2:37 pm

Life with Kaishon - My goals are to have weddings edited and albums ordered within 4 weeks. It is so hard working full time and working on weddings but I really must speed things up! : )

Your goals are fantastic. I wish you all the very best.March 29, 2012 – 8:35 pm

ashley barnett - I’m working on removing a gigantic build-up of guilt I have. Guilt for following my dream. Guilt for feeling like I’m holding Jeremy back from his in the process. Guilt for spending money, guilt for feeling like I “should” be a million other things than I am and doing a million other things than what I am. So yea, that’s my “fix”. :)March 29, 2012 – 4:56 pm

Hannah Sons - Loved this post. I have been holding my “fix list” hostage, not sure if I am ready to let it out yet. But, just like you I have similar goals. Thanks for sharing.March 29, 2012 – 10:44 am

Masha - Great post as always! I’m also in the process of making some positive changes in my business!March 25, 2012 – 2:59 am

Erin Oveis Brant - Really excited to see this post! I have most of these things on my “FIX list” along with simplifying what I ultimately deliver to my clients (product offering) and clarifying my brand purpose and experience (so that I can ultimately focus on the right network and demographic). I feel pretty confident that if you stick to your plan that $15,000/yr will reappear in all the right, adventurous places. It was so great to be back with the pack for the weekend!!March 23, 2012 – 6:40 pm

Tracey - Goal 1: Define my direction. I have been so busy with my day job that I haven’t been able to really put as much focus into photography – my creative passion in life. I’m a photographer who also happens to enjoy my day job, but at the same time,I would also like to work on developing a client base that will allow me to feed my creative passion. I enjoy shooting weddings. But I don’t need to book weddings to survive financially.

Goal 2: New a new website & blog.

“I’d like to allow you all to engage with me on more of a personal level – and with that, comes the issue of updating my content both on a personal level & work level. I’d like you all to be familiar with what I’ve been shooting, where I’ve been traveling, and what is currently going on in my life.”

Get on it! Let’s do this fo reals! :)March 23, 2012 – 3:44 pm

Bethany Ann - I attended The Fix in Nashville and, WOW did it make me think about what I wanted to change and fix. I loved meeting Jasmine. She’s so kind and sincere. :)

Anyway, I liked this blog post. Like you, I am trying to “fix” some aspects of my business. First and foremost: Saying NO when I want to say no. It’s hard, and I need to do it for my sanity. Second, I am going to start focusing more on my overall client experience. For example, today I sent out a gift to my brides.

I look forward to seeing your business grow and change for the better. Have a great weekend! :)March 23, 2012 – 1:40 pm

Dan - I currently work a “9 to 5″ (more like a 7 to 4 really). Through my working career, I’ve always had things like health insurance. So my biggest hurdle (fear?) is trying to figure out what my options are in a very unknown area for me.

Thanks Tim for your blog. Your travels, adventures and self/business reflection are always inspiring, much like your photography.

**note** It’s not JUST health insurance, but also equipment insurance, and to a lesser extent….retirement.March 23, 2012 – 12:58 pm

Matthew Eeles - In my short time in photography, I have learned just how much I love doing it, even if unpaid. That being said my time is extremely valuable in my two sales roles, one being a company I am now fully invested in with direct equity.

As an entrepreneurship major with parents who operated a large company in the UK, I am always proactively searching for opportunities, business as well as lifestyle. Photography as opened my eyes to business opportunities that I wouldn’t have thought of before diving into it.

Mr King I definitely look to you as a photography mentor, however, I use my CEO as my business mentor. If he has taught me anything about business and growth, it’s that you value the customers most who you know will pay on time and spread the word about your work in a positive light.

As Gerald mentioned, offering services for free or at a low cost is all very well, but as your reputation grows so should the structure of you client. Unless they can provide you with an intangible benefit or a stepping stone to greater opportunities stay strong on price, believe in the value of your work and believe in your long term goals.March 23, 2012 – 12:46 pm

Josh Mitchell - My business life and personal life aren’t all that far apart. My main goal for 2012 is to get my name out in the San Diego market, and start establishing my business as a solid contender. I want to continue to make connections, have fun, and do awesome stuff. And by awesome stuff I mean I want to be there to photograph life changing events.March 23, 2012 – 11:59 am

Cody - Great post.
I am currently leaving a top studio (which equates to about 30k/year in revenue for me) to pursue my own interests and clients and transition into shooting film. It’s a new awakening for me and photography will never be the same now that Ive opened my eyes to this world. I like what Seth Godin said: “The problem is that their is a lack of guts. Guts is the willingness to lose. To be proven wrong, or to fail. It’s easy to be confident when you have everything aligned, when the moment is perfect. It’s also not particularly useful.” Best wishes Tim.March 23, 2012 – 11:34 am

Gerald - Always inspirational Tim.
For me, I’m working on getting my pricing strategy up. I started turning clients down that have been low-balling. It’s my fault though since I started offering services at basically free, just to get started. I know I’m not exactly in the same caliber as the high-end companies, but I keep attracting the $500 brides.March 23, 2012 – 10:14 am

Photowalk: Troense, Denmark

While I was in Denmark, I had the opportunity to connect with extended relatives and live a few average days of the Danish lifestyle.  I had an amazing time, and it was really cool to reconnect with my family and get to know them on a more personal level.  One of the coolest experiences I […]

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Anonymous - Wow, you are a very talented photographer. Your pictures are amazing. The one with the trees is especially awe inspiring.December 14, 2012 – 2:18 am

Paige Overturf - love the wide angle shots!March 8, 2012 – 5:15 am

Klaus T. - Troense is pretty far away from the busier part of the country, but somehow I have a feeling that the people in Troense like it that way, cause it seems like a very calm city, not caring much about all those big-city people who’s in a rush all the time :)

I’m sure you would have made some great shots in summer as well, but the snow really adds something to photos of these houses.March 7, 2012 – 4:55 pm

MrThallid - I enjoy your walk-abouts. How often are you working with a tripod?March 7, 2012 – 2:12 pm

Photowalk: Aarhus, Denmark

The second city I visited in Denmark was Aarhus, which also happens to be the second most-populated.  While Copenhagen seemed like more of a metropolis, or more of an “international melting pot” of Denmark like NY, Chicago, or LA would be of the US – I felt like Aarhus was much more “Danish”.  Hope that […]

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My personal soundtrack of 2012 | Tim King Blog | Tim King Photographer - [...] Photowalk: Aarhus, Denmark Archives January 2013 [...]January 9, 2013 – 5:37 am

layton - phenomenal frames boss. your travels, your photos, your commentary, all a constant source of inspiration.March 10, 2012 – 3:08 pm

Klaus T. - Yeah, that was one damn cold day, makes me glad I don’t live in Denmark no more :) But it was fun and nice meeting you. Next time I’m in Aarhus I’ll have to visit ARoS as well, and see that rainbow thingy from the inside.

Once again I must say that you have a knack for placing your logo/watermark interesting places in your photos, thumbs up!March 7, 2012 – 4:50 pm