Fashion

Show Your Work

Show Your Work

Austin Kleon is one of my favorite authors, his books are not only easy to read but easy to comprehend. His most popular title is Steal Like An Artist, but my favorite is his follow-up, Show Your Work. The advice that was given in this book was so simple, yet inspiring and actionable. He teaches you to not only show your work but to actually connect with your audience. He goes into detail about how showing your work is important, but he also elaborates on why sharing it is even more effective... Yes, there's a difference.

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Document, Don't Create

Document, Don't Create

I started to focus on my process and not the individual results. I made this blog, shared my work and I uploaded it regardless of the quality. Of course, I didn't put every shot on here, but I did include ones that show signs of growth. I stopped focusing on individual pieces of art and looked at this website as the creation. I think it's important to view things that way.

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If You Enjoy The Blog Then Please Support Me On Patreon

If You Enjoy The Blog Then Please Support Me On Patreon

One of my favorite TED Talks is from Amanda Palmer. It's entitled The Art of Asking. Her theory is; don't make people pay for anything, but let them. The whole meaning is that people don't want to be forced into buying a product or idea, but if they enjoy it then they'll likely want too.

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I See You... But I Can't Hear You

I See You... But I Can't Hear You

For those who have been a part of this blog since it's initiation then you know I'm big on engagement... I've talked about it time and time again. This blog is my journal, it's where I come to document my experience - Not just the actual picture taking process, but everything, from taking on clients, to making presets and even a behind the scenes look at what it takes to grow and maintain a steady blog.

Many of you have come along for this ride, last year I hit about 100,000 users, this year I'm on pace to somewhat double that... Yet I only hear from a few of you. I'm assuming the majority of users who visit this site are photographers. Don't be afraid to engage, it can only help you. By commenting or being a part of a community it allows you to not only take in new information but make new friends.

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Loyalty Is Overrated

Loyalty Is Overrated

My friend Jermme and I are putting something together that we think is special. As a side note, I think you all will enjoy it too. In order to figure out our roles in this new venture, we sat down with each other and listed down each other's +/- (plus/minus). We then switched roles and listed our own +/-, if we had to common ones we put them in bold. If they were individualized italicized them. The list was incredibly long, fortunately, where I was weak he was strong and vice versa... We're going to make a great team.

One thing that stood out to me though was that we both had idealist as a negative. What did we mean by this? Well, it's simple we have too many ideas. We lacked execution and that's a huge negative. To his surprise, I also had idealist as a + for me. Initially, he was a bit taken back by the double statement, but I explained to him that having too many ideas could also be a good thing... As long as you execute on them.

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Join Me On #Patreon!

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So I finally decided to create this page... Over the last 2 years, I've been documenting my personal growth within photography and so many of you have come along for the ride. Initially, it was me posting solely for me, but now I see this blog as a platform for us to learn together. Many of you have thanked me for my contributions, some came in the form of email, others through DM on social media outlets and a large number of you even contributed to the blog out of your own pocket.

I've been asked by a few to set up a page where contributions could be made regularly but was unsure how it would look to the overall community. Well, it's now come to the point where I may have no choice but to do so. In order to sustain this blog and grow it, I need everyone's help. With that being said if you've found any of the content I create beneficial then consider becoming a Patron.

I've setup a page where you can interact with me on a more personal level. Again this is solely put in place for those who enjoy the blog. I hope you all take this post in a positive way, as it takes a lot to say "Hey I need help". The link is below, and for those who contribute I just want you to know that I truly appreciate it.

-KeenanRIVALS
keenan@RIVALSvs.com

1701 Detroit: Grand Opening of Downtown Detroit's Nike Store

1701 Detroit: Grand Opening of Downtown Detroit's Nike Store

At 8:52 this morning I received a facetime call from a friend. Halfway sleep I answered the phone only to hear him slightly shout "YOU COMING TO THE GRAND OPENING?". It was the first time in a while that someone has called me with this level of excitement, especially this early.  Today is May 26, and it's the day that Nike plans to take the city by storm and open up its store in the heart of Downtown.

Me, myself... I wasn't to impressed. I'm passed  the stage where I wake up super early in the morning to purchase shoes and being a Kanye stan has led me to pretty much abandoned the Nike brand altogether. But after 45 seconds of hard thinking, I remembered what this really was about. This isn't about Jordan, LeBron or Kyrie, this isn't about sneakers... This is about having a retail space downtown with a brand recognition as big as Nike. This was going to be the city's example that big brands can be here... 

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