Happy New Year – Here is how we survived 2020!
2020 has been a difficult year for everyone, and that includes all of us here at Visual Wilderness. We’ve been forced to make major changes to our business model – including teaching online workshops from our own homes instead of filming in remote locations, cancelling events and gatherings, and finding ways to work together without actually being together.
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You might not be able to travel right now – but there’s still lots you can learn! You can start by checking out most popular nature photography blog post of 2020:
Making the Most of 2020!
Many of our students and subscribers tell us they have cancelled plans to attend photography workshops and events, and are staying in their homes. Our own contributing photographers have had to cancel workshops, resulting in the loss of a significant portion of their income. We are proud to have such a great team of contributing photographers & instructors who did whatever it takes to make most out of 2020:
I wasn’t able to get to the hair salon for 5 months. So I couldn’t get my hair colored. I decided to not restart and turns out, I have beautiful dark and light gray hair that looks like I paid a fortune to get highlights and lowlights! I now have more money to spend on camera gear!!!
Since I worked from home almost all of the past 10 months, I had a lot of time to develop some personal projects and portfolios. And I spent a lot of time with my son developing a bond. I also started a new hobby- paint pouring!!
I started learning to play the piano and discovered it’s about 1,000 times more difficult than learning to use a camera.
I drove 8,000 miles through 8 states and lived out of my car for two months. Then moved from Hawaii to Utah.
Shaved my head for the first time, only to find all these birthmarks that I never knew I had. On a somber note, in mid April I almost lost my life to a deadly kidney infection, after spending a week in an Orlando hospital ICU, the incredible doctors and nurses pulled me out of danger and helped recover. After recovering I spent a lot of time improving my skills on using my cell phone to do photography and remain motivated.
My new daughter kept me humble and busy in the second half of the year. I cut my hair into a horrible Mohawk, but I since then I have perfected cutting my own hair. Oh yes, I learned how to make a plethora of Indian dishes at home.
I biked 2500+ Miles this year in an attempt to outrun the coronavirus. We cancelled 3 photography trips in 2020. For the first time in 15 years Varina and I did not take any photography trips this year.
I enrolled in the New York Institute of Art and Design to study front end web development. Photography services don’t survive well during economic turndowns, pandemics, and other hits to the industry. After all, these days “everybody’s a photographer”. I got an A+ on my first unit project…so that’s something at least.
This may come a s a surprise but photographing flowers can be exhausting. Every time I’d visit a garden, arboretum or conservatory, I’d be surrounded by thousands of flowers each begging and flirting with me to photograph them. And don’t get me started on the succulents. Yowza. In some respects, the horrible shutdown we’ve all endured has given me a chance to actually focus and recharge. It also gave me the impetus to teach more for which I am supremely grateful. And Stacey seems happy as our home is overflowing with flowers on a daily basis.
Nature Photography on Visual Wilderness in 2020
We hope that you will continue to support our contributors in 2021, who have worked so hard to share their knowledge and experience. By purchasing one of their eBooks or Video Tutorials or Online Class, or subscribing to the Visual Wilderness Streaming Service, you are supporting amazing artists and dedicated instructors… AND you get to build your own photography skills at the same time.
We look forward to seeing you again in 2021! We also wanted to say thank you to the entire Visual Wilderness community – from our contributing photographers to our customers. We hope to bring you exciting stories, valuable tips through our blog, more focused video tutorials, and guest authors interviews to help inspire and equip you to build your own stunning portfolio.