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"Being Able to Do What I Love Full Time Has Given Me a Great Amount of Freedom." —Nolis, Digging Through the Greats

The first time I picked up a camera was about eight years ago. I used to work at a streetwear store in Chicago called Leaders, so I was always surrounded by artistic people. One of the people who worked there handled all the website inventory and images, so that’s the first thing that got me into photography. I didn’t start taking it seriously until a few years later when I met this portrait photographer, Marc Laroche, who’s based out of Luxembourg.

Then it turned from a hobby into a profession. I started out shooting film in the street, and then I went into shooting parties and events, and now I’m more focused on portraits and advertising agency work. I stay learning new things, and I’ve been finding what lane I’m best suited for.

Being able to do what I love full time has given me a great amount of freedom. I’m able to choose what I want to do, travel a lot more, and experience a lot more things than I’d be able to if I were still in my 9-5 job as a pharmacist.

Find your own lane. Find something that the people are missing. Take inspiration from the other photographers that are out right now, but do something different to separate yourself from everybody else. Social media is so big now, so everybody these days is a so-called photographer. Find your own niche and stick with it.

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