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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 couldn’t do the challenge over because it wouldn’t make sense – but it wasn’t until Josh Alden met up with me on his short stay in San Diego one night and suggested I do a 30 day VLOG challenge.

At first we laughed, and I told him he was out of his mind.  As the laughter quieted down, it set in that we knew it had to be done.

Video blogs are a beast and I’ll be straight forward with you – I don’t know if I’ll be able to make it through all 30 days.

But you know what?  I don’t doubt for one second that the lessons I learn from this experience will be worth their weight in gold.

Hell, I’ve already learned a ton just putting together this INITIAL video!

If you’ve been wanting to start making videos, I invite you to join me on this little conquest.  It will be your fast-ironed approach towards getting good on camera and help you reach your audience more effectively than in the past.

Not to mention, the perks of promotion…

Head on over to 30DayVlogChallenge.com to see more details.

If you have any questions or would like some tips on getting started, please don’t hesitate to email me at tim@timkingblog.com

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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

The FIX

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 symbolic to me was that I’m at a point in my business where I’m re-evaluating my approach towards growth and delving into what REALLY needs attention as far as quality is concerned.  What really needs a “FIX” in my own system.

I’m a fan of being transparent and completely open & honest, so I’m going to share with you these exact issues that I’m dedicated towards working on this upcoming year:

-Faster client service: Responding to emails as fast as possible.  The more accessible you are, the more trust you earn as a result of being consistent and reliable.  The faster you are, the more the client can depend on you & are willing to refer you.  I’ve come to believe it’s crucial to have as much trust as possible in order to get the very best out of a clients wedding/event, so this has become a very important issue for me to focus on lately.

-Quality of work: I feel that every photographer is their own worst critic when it comes to evaluating our work – we are never satisfied – however I have some clear and defined goals I’d like to work on in terms of my lighting, composition, and artistic abilities.  These goals are within reach, and I’m dedicated on improving upon them.

-Focusing on the right network & demographic:  Work has been steady for me and I’ve been fortunate with consistent clientele the past 4 years.  However, now it’s time to concentrate on the clients that are aligned with my ultimate direction of photography and are going to contribute towards helping me achieve my goals.  It’s going to be really weird transitioning, but I kind of look at it like I’m graduating in a sense.  In the next month I’ll be saying goodbye to 2 of my nightlife clients – which amount to about $15,000 of my revenue each year – in order to really focus on my goals.  It’s going to be tough, but it’s something I have known that I’d eventually be doing when the time was right.  Life’s to short to be moving “up” the “down escalator” – and I’ve got to focus on the bigger picture.

-Updating my content:  For both my peers in photography and my clients – 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.  I want this mainly so that when I see people, conversations can become relevant and when I talk about my portfolio, I wont have to explain, “Oh, visit such and such a post on my blog – it’s more recent than the stuff on my site.”  I want this thing to be locked & loaded.  Let’s do this.

-Surrounding myself with ambitious individuals & those that are closely related to my niche: I like having variety in all facets of life, and I think it’s best when you can surround yourself with people that have the same habits & lifestyles as yourself, or that which you’d ascribe to.  Your standard of living is similar, you can enjoy the same kind of experiences without worry of financial obligations like others, and you can identify with situations others are facing that may be relevant with your own.  In regards to those in my niche, it’s like this except on an extremely targeted level of discussion/experience.  A quote I refer to often goes, “Birds of a feather flock together – don’t hang out with chickens because they don’t fly.”

While these topics above may be common knowledge, they’re important ideas I feel need an emphasis at this point in my business.  I’m excited for the things to come, and I’m stoked for you guys to be along with me throughout this journey.

I’d like to end this post with a request for you to either 1.comment below letting me know what you’re working on in your personal/business life or 2. if you’d like to be more private, email me at the link above and let me know what you thought of this post.  I’m not usually this candid, and hearing back from you guys definitely reinforces the idea of writing more posts like these.

Jasmine Star The Fix San Francisco

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 had while I was in Denmark was discovering personality characteristics that were common between myself and the people I had met throughout my travels in the country.  It genuinely felt like I was getting to know my roots.

One of the places I stayed during my visit was a small town by the name of Troense.  I’d try to help you pronounce it, but I’m pretty sure I still even butcher it.

Troense is a small area filled with traditional (ultra-traditional) style housing with thatched roofs.  This means that instead of shingles or wood or whatever else you usually find on roofs – they would have densely-packed hey serving as the insulation directly above.  Surprisingly, it keeps pretty warm and it creates a pretty cool look to the house!

While I was staying in Troense, I got to know the local area one day by simply taking a walk one morning and cruising around the meadows, streets, and harbor unique to the town.

I should mention – this neighborhood was actually voted as “best back-country neighborhood” in all of Denmark.  And you’ll see why it has such prestige in the photos below:

 

 

The award-winning street

 

This was the house where I actually stayed.  Surprisingly, the thatched roof kept it warm!  (With a little help from a fireplace inside)

 

 

Some workers installing a new roof next door.

 

 

One of my most vivid memories from my first trip out to Denmark was riding bikes down this road pictured in the next photo.  This image brings back memories and has a hint of nostalgia from riding bikes down the long stretch of tree-lined patterned avenues.

 

 

Decided to go wander a little in the back-country.

 

 

Love the light hitting these trees in this next one!

 

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 makes sense.

To start this photowalk, I cruised out with my Aunt to the ARoS Museum to explore a visual-imagery based exhibition they had on display.  Oh boy, if you know me – I was like a kid in a candy store.  I couldn’t get enough.  So many shapes, lines, and reflections to play with in the photos.

The second half of this photowalk, I meet up with 2 Danish photographers – Klaus and Martin.  Klaus originally reached out to me on my blog following the creative live workshop that I attended last April, and when he saw I’d be traveling to Denmark – he asked if I wanted to meet up.  It was great to get to hang out with these guys and hear about what the industry is like in their neck of the woods.  We toured around the city a bit, had some coffee to warm up after getting a bit cold (Denmark is experiencing it’s coldest winter in 30 years), and of course took some fun photos.

Here are some favorites from the day:

 

Starting off at the ARoS Museum.  The rainbow ring at the top is a huge circular corridor that you can walk through and get amazing views of the city from all angles.  To add, with the ‘color hue’ of your choice.

 

Walking through the corridor.

 

 

So.Many.Lines.

 

 

A little ‘silhouette’ action

 

 

Gettin’ my artistic on.

 

 

Apparently part of the exhibit was based off Dante’s inferno, and different rooms represented each of the 9 layers of hell.  I don’t think I took photos of all 9, but I sure did take photos of the interesting ones  : )

 

 

In the middle of this pitch-black room there was a spray of water coming out in a narrow plane…what else is a guy to do but walk through it?  It sounds more fun than it really is.  Okay, it was a little fun.

 

 

How many Tims can you spot?

 

 

This orb-looking object was meant to represent beings in purgatory.  At different moments, different parts of the orb would light up and the room would dramatically change appearance in regards to lighting (see below).

 

 

Was so cool I had to show off another shot of this strange thing.

 

 

The inferno.

 

 

Coffee hell.  Just kidding, this was just the cafeteria at the museum.

 

 

On to the photowalk around town to meet up with Klaus and Martin!

 

 

Came across this sweet sight at the harbor.  The water was almost completely frozen and gave off one hell of a cool reflection.  Some chick tried to throw a rock at the water to break the ice but failed.  Her boyfriend through a rock right afterwards and broke through.  I don’t know why, but I bursted out laughing after seeing this & the couple looked at me like I was crazy.

 

 

Like what I did with the logo here?  I sure did  : )

 

 

Believe it or not, this shot was an accident.  I was actually going for the architecture of the frame rather than the sunset, but shot it under-exposed.  Dug the accident more than the intended shot and decided to keep it instead.  Those are some badass colors in those windows.

 

 

My Aunt took me to the school where she teaches.  They have a couple murals up from a world-famous artist that created them “before his time”.  The paintings are estimated to be worth over a million each, and the school has received offers to buy them, but in true artistic tradition, responds with the classic “they’re not for sale”.  So now, the school has actually become somewhat of a tourist attraction for art aficionados from all over the world.

While looking at the paintings, I flat out said what was on my mind & suggested that the artist was on drugs, because I couldn’t tell what he was trying to convey.  My aunt laughed and agreed.

 

 

Later in the evening, I went to see my cousin perform at one of the local venues.  The audience was filled with high schoolers as young as 15 and as old as late 20′s.  On a Friday night, I was pretty surprised at how wild it got.

I had seen a quote awhile back that said, “Whenever I see a single shoe on the side of the highway, I get depressed knowing that I’ve never partied THAT hard.”  Seeing these kids party as hard as they did, made my adolescence look like Evelyn & her easy-bake oven.

 

 

Stay tuned for a new post tomorrow featuring another photowalk from one of the oldest & most traditional style parts of Denmark – houses with thatched roofs and the #1 rated back-country street in the entire country.  I think you’re gonna like it  : )

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

Photowalk: Copenhagen, Denmark

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After a short trip to the Ice Hotel, I made my way on to Denmark.  Ryan continued on to Paris, and we began our own ‘solo’ portion of the trip.  For those of you who don’t know, I am one-half Danish (on my mother’s side) and I wanted to take the opportunity to explore the “homeland” so to speak.  I set a week aside to go and visit long-distance relatives and get to know my origins.

It. was. awesome.

To begin my trip, I spent a day in Copenhagen hanging out with my cousin Mai.  She showed me around the city and some of the more notable spots to visit while in town.  I had taken a trip with my family to Denmark when I was 18, so it was cool to see a lot of the same spots – felt pretty nostalgic.

 

Yours truly, photo by Mai.

 

 

Mai with the ‘stroll in the background.

 

Here are a few of my favorite shots and a few photos of some of the interesting elements of their culture I particularly liked:

 

WiFi on the bus!

 

The copper roof-tops was one of the things I remembered most about Denmark.  After they have been oxidized over the years, they turn a cool jade green.

 

 

 

Reminded me of a photo I had taken last year in Spain.

 

 

Mai took me to her favorite place to study, the library of the arts at her university.  Reminded me a bit of Harry Potter.

 

 

The architecture in this city was really interesting!  There was a lot of old-traditional style mixed with ultra-modern.  This photo below is of the opera house, which is one of the structures they are most proud of in this city.  A lot of cool lines, patterns, and designs to play with.

 

 

Tons of sweets in Europe.  This one’s for my buddy Rich.

 

 

Christiania.  The Danish version of the Height-Ashbury district, except not nearly as commercialized.  Well, it’s commercialized, but by the counter culture.  Saw pounds and pounds of weed out for sale in the main markets.  Of course no photos allowed, and I wouldn’t post them on here either.

 

 

What would the trip be without a visit to the mermaid?  A famous monument in Denmark, I can’t help but feel she’s a bit depressed.  Maybe she needed a heat lamp.

 

Anastasiya Z - Wonderful Copenhagen, you did get the amazing spirit of the city! Made me wanna go back!
Ps–it’s not an opera. It’s a playhouse.Opera is on the over side of the canal:)Just saying:)March 6, 2012 – 1:32 pm

Kate - Stunning! I want to go to that library ever so badly.March 5, 2012 – 6:58 pm

Asim Malik - Amazing pictures as usual.

Waiting for you at DTC next time you’re in town again :)March 2, 2012 – 5:54 pm

Klaus T. - You’re right, the mermaid does look a bit depressed. I never noticed that before now ou mentioned it, but I guess it’s only natural after having lost her head a few times (vandalism).February 20, 2012 – 1:30 am

Mandi - I looooove your travel photos but I always wonder, how do you pack gear wise when travelling?February 19, 2012 – 8:09 pm