How does a guy with a cushy job in PR work up the courage to take the plunge into full-time photography!?  Adam Barker shares with me how it wasn’t always easy, and at one point times got so tough it brought him to tears. How did he overcome it, and go on to build a highly successful photography business?  If you need inspiration, WATCH THIS EPISODE!!!

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What we talked about:

  • How to get sponsored and why
  • When to quit your job and go full-time
  • Harnessing your nerves
Inspirational moment: 45 min 30 sec  

“My formula for business success…is drive, passion and skill.”
Adam Barker, Photographer
“Being nervous is a good thing.  Being nervous means you care.”
Adam Barker, Photographer
“Being able to separate yourself from all the other photographers out there is so supremely important.”
Adam Barker, Photographer
“It’s really important to be able to take joy in the success of your fellow photographers.”
Adam Barker, Photographer
How we met:  It’s an interesting story how Adam and I met.  We were both contracted to work on an international ad campaign that Manfrotto was doing for their latest tripod.  I did the product photography as well as the behind the scenes and got to follow Adam around in an RV for a week while he used the tripod to take incredible photos of California’s most beautiful places.  It was a pretty amazing experience to say the least.  Any of you out there who have any appreciation for landscape photography, or active lifestyle photography should definitely check out his site.  His photos are truly amazing and this episode of Shoot To Earn is very inspirational!!!

Bio:  Adam is a landscape and active lifestyle photographer based in Salt Lake City, Utah whose editorial work can be seen in publications including Outdoor Photographer, Skiing, Ski, Powder, Flyfish Journal, USA Today, The Drake, Mountain Magazine and many more.  He’s produced imagery for a variety of commercial clients including Nike, Black Diamond Equipment and Volkswagen, just to name a few.

Adam’s Website