Finding Neverland, Florida Keys

Chasing Dreams: What are you waiting for?

Finding Neverland, Florida Keys

It was exactly one year ago that I decided to stop working for corporate masters and to go chase my dreams. Here is what I said to my co-workers on my last day of work:

When I stop and think about working for another corporation, I realize that path would be taking me away from what I love… chasing dramatic light, seeing breathtaking locations, and capturing my experiences through photography. So, I am ready to watch the molten lava drop into the ocean, witness a baby osprey’s first flight, stand by thundering waterfalls, and have lunch on the shores of turquoise lakes. It’s time to go make interesting and amazing mistakes, embrace failure, and explore creativity. It will be a really fun ride.

So… how have things gone so far? – Fantastic!! And it’s not because of the fact that business is booming… but because this single decision transformed our quality of life and how we approach our business.

Sure, it was tough getting started. There was uncertainty and doubts about whether or not we would succeed. But the uncertainty and doubts were short-lived.

Anna Bay, Australia

Australia, Jan 2014

While creating our first video course in Australia on a warm sunny day at a beach with beautiful turquoise water I realized… I AM AT WORK. I realized that I would call this place my office for next two weeks. After that experience, my office moved to New Zealand where we photographed sea lions on the beach and witnessed the fantastic sunrise on Lake Pukaki. My next work location was Nicaragua where we worked with a group of students to help the kids from a local neighborhood learn about photography.

  • Cannibal Bay, New Zealand

    New Zealand, May 2014

  • Mumbacho Volcano, Nicaragua

    Nicaragua, July 2014

  • Big Island, Hawaii (HI), USA

    Hawaii, At Present

And, exactly one year later, I am writing this from my office on Hawaii’s Big Island where I’m trying to find some molten lava to photograph.

How is business doing? It has exceeded all of our expectations. We have created fantastic content and are in partnership with several big photography companies all over the world and we have paid guest authors contributing to the success of Visual Wilderness. But best of all, being our own boss has allowed us to explore our creativity (and make few mistakes along the way) while giving us a chance to see some of the most beautiful places in the world.

So, the only question is… Why did I wait so long to chase my dreams? Mostly because of fear and uncertainty that comes from starting your own business. Making a transition to a full time landscape photographer requires a leap of faith…and having an incredible support from Varina Patel made it very easy for me to take that leap of faith. 

Oh well…maybe you can learn from MY mistakes and get started chasing your dreams earlier.

About Author Jay Patel

I could startoff like this – “Seeds of Jay Patel’s appreciation for beautiful places were planted early in his childhood….” but it would get boring really fast. I will just sum it up and say that I am a Landscape and Wilderness Photographer who loves to capture dramatic light. My photographs have been published in various magazines, calendars and advertising materials throughout the world.

Patience is a virtue...unless you are chasing your dreams


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4 replies
  1. Riaan
    Riaan says:

    If I may ask, what did you do in the corporate world, and if you have any advice for a young(ish) guy looking to make the switch, where should I begin?

  2. Joe Hudspeth
    Joe Hudspeth says:

    From us out here in the Visual Wilderness community, we are over-joyed that you made that leap of faith. Keep clickin’!


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