Last July, I decided to embark on a simple mission: I was going to post a new photo on Instagram every day for one year. It’s called a Project 365, and the goal is to challenge yourself to consistently create and share something new with the world. Today is the last day of my Project 365. So much has happened in one year: I collaborated with makeup artists and hair stylists for the first time, I photographed my first wedding, I completely overhauled my editing style and workflow, I broke the five-figure mark in earnings, I upgraded my equipment, I found a full-time job, I left my full-time job, and oh, I got engaged :).
Here are some of the most valuable takeaways I’ve gained over the past year:
Some of you may have noticed that I haven’t written a blog post in nearly three months. Trust me, not a day has gone by that I haven’t reminded myself of that very fact. But the past few months have been transformative for me, both personally and professionally, and I wanted time to process the things I’ve learned so that I could distill them into a blog post that hopefully gives you some clear insight on what it’s like trying to balance art, business, and self-fulfillment.
If you haven’t heard of Joe Ingram, you’re in for a treat.
Joe has been a professional online poker player for seven years now. Climbing the ranks over the years, he’s now a high-stakes regular who’s made a name for himself not just as a formidable opponent, but also as a true showman.
Joe has also amassed a small fortune by running a variety of what’s known in the gambling world as “prop bets” — wagering large amounts of money to prove that he can perform extremely challenging feats, such as playing up to fifty thousand hands in just 24 hours.