Don’t Sit Alone

I’ll tell you why

This was taken up in Massachusetts during a photo workshop my friends Bob & Steven were teaching.

Being active on social media is important for businesses and personal brands.

Ask me why

You see, if it was not for social media, I would not have the career I do. Either would some of my friends. In fact, one of my friends wouldn’t be married without it.

Just over a year ago now, I was working as the marketing manager for a company that provides ISO 27001 consulting services. One night while driving to a BBQ joint with my wife, I got an email from the CEO of Photocrati Media asking if I was interested in a job opportunity.

At this point in time I was shocked to receive the email as I did not send a resume. However, the email was intriguing so I kept the conversation going.

I was hand picked by the CEO of the company because of what I do on my own with social media, blogging, events, SEO, etc. I’ve been doing it for many years and found my style and persona. I am myself all the time whether people like it or not.

So the conversation went on for a while and as it turned out, I accepted the offer and couldn’t be happier. I have my dream job and it is because of my activity, my knowledge and my drive to keep learning and teaching others.

My friend Brian was working for my favorite photo editing software company, onOne Software. Then one day he was contacted by Google to join them as the Community Manager for Google Plus Photos. At the time that I write this, Brian has over 1 million followers on Google Plus. That’s insane!

Brian is like me. He has his own voice, his own style, his own persona. Brian is himself whether people like it or not. However, Brian does not sit alone. He loves the engagement and interaction with other photographers. He goes out of his way to educate others whenever possible.

Brian also met his wife on Google Plus, and someone that I have the opportunity to become close to because of the relationship. I have interacted with Nicole, but now I know her offline as well. Nicole also does not sit alone. In fact, not only is she a photographer, blogger and writer (seriously she has real books on Amazon and everything) but she educates photographers on a wide range of topics through NAPP, on a regular basis.

Thank you social media

So with that, I urge you to go out and try new social networks. Find people to interact with. Find your voice. Meet others online and off. Attend meetups and learn from each other. Most important…

Stop sitting alone,

Thank you social media

So with that, I urge you to go out and try new social networks. Find people to interact with. Find your voice. Meet others online and off. Attend meetups and learn from each other. Most important…

Stop sitting alone.

While photographing in the mills, I was capturing brackets while also using neutral density filters. That might sound odd, but here is why I shot that way in the mills.

This was taken with the Nikon D800 and 20mm lens. The shutter speeds were changing due to the brackets, but the aperture remained at f/8.

Thanks for reading and happy shooting,

Scott

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