Photo by Carlton Canary
Have you ever made a life-changing decision that would be considered "questionable, at best" by most people, but was so big that you had to follow through?
More or less, that's how I ended up where I am today. I made a decision in 2012 to leave school without a degree, putting my faith in the notion that employers care more about seeing a portfolio that showcases my ability, rather than a piece of paper saying I knew what I was doing. Being only a semester shy of graduation when I left, it was a decision I questioned nearly every day for years.
But I had to go. College had buried me in debt, and as a Landscape Photographer living in Oklahoma, I was forced to choose between paying for the rest of school, or hitting the road to build a portfolio. I'd like to say it was a difficult decision to make, especially given its gravitas, but it honestly wasn't.
I've always been drawn to the wild places, and if you've ever been to Oklahoma, you know that it's vast agricultural industry has left much to be desired in those terms. Truth be told, I had been itching to leave as long as I can remember, and facing this decision granted me the very unique opportunity I'd been waiting for. And with that, I sold most of my belongings (and some plasma), quit my job, and left.
That was four years ago, and I'm very happy to have recently become what I set out to be; a full-time photographer. Though not in the exact capacity as I had imagined, I'm living a life I once thought may be out of reach after leaving school; not dissimilar to the life I set out to live when I made the decision I to leave.
I am now living a full life in Seattle as a Product Photographer with Zulily.com. I'm a happily married homeowner in the most beautiful part of the country, surrounded by coasts and forests and mountains and glaciers and desert and everything else somebody like me could want. When I'm not in the Studio, I'm often in one of those diverse places with my wife and my camera, simply breathing in the air and experiencing the beauty all around me.
I seek to enjoy these places before they're gone, capture their beauty, and pass on the stories and memories they give to so many of us. More longterm, I'd like to take my career into the wild with me, marrying my two strongest passions so I might more fully experience those things the natural world has to offer.
Until then, I feel contentment in my life and livelihood, and hope this space provides to you a sense of the way I see the world. If you'd like to reach me, please don't be shy! Just shoot me a message here, and I'll be in touch!
Thanks for visiting!
-Brandon Silver, wanderlovemedia