The past month and a half have been a whirlwind to say the least. It has included work trips to Las Vegas, New York, Minnesota and then back to Las Vegas on top of photo shoots in Arizona. It involved photographing more than 80 fitness talents as well as a variety of editorial photo shoots. It was topped off yesterday with a full day commercial photo shoot.

During this time I had little, if any, sleep on most nights. At times I wondered how we were going to be able to handle all the upcoming trips and projects. There were projects which went smoothly and flawlessly whereas other projects had a bevy of complications and issues.

Yet, through all of it, the long hours, the stress, the quick deadlines I honestly loved all of it. Yes, of course, you want every project to be perfect and amazing – but that is an unrealistic expectation.

Even on the hardest of days I am able to reflect on it with reminding myself that there is nothing else I would rather be doing. I literally get to make pictures for a living. Even in the hardest of days – that gives me satisfaction.

Would you say the same about your career? If not – what can you do to get there?

James Patrick
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