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And just like that, 10 years have gone by – a thrilling ride to say the least. It may not be the most prestigious award but it sure feels that way and to me, a timely and fitting way to mark a decade in the industry. Thank you to my friend, Maan D’Asis Pamaran who invited me to contribute and to landscape photographer extraordinaire for giving her the lead. ;-P Interestingly, I’ve worked with Maan only once and eons ago on a lifestyle article I already forgot about. I’ve since been an avid follower of her humorous and enlightening Facebook Feed. You should too. Ayan, we still have yet to get another round of beer together. Can you please take a breather from being such an awesome landscape photographer? Where in the world are you? Hit me up soon.

If there are only a couple of things I can mention I’ve learned in the past ten years (and mind you, I’ve learned quite A LOT!) is that number one, taking risks are hands down the most rewarding thing you can ever do for yourself no matter what the outcome and number two, once you’ve decided to take that risk is to stop overthinking and just go out there and just do it.

No photography apprenticeship is ever the same as the other. I’d like to think that I’ve been the luckiest to have met and worked with some of the most hardworking, passionate artists with the quirkiest minds in the industry. Sure, lives have been forever changed when you’re in the right place and the right time but for most of us, it all starts with deciding to step out of our comfort zone to do something that forever changes us. I’m proud to say that I’ve taken quite a lot of risks the past ten years (starting with pursuing photography) and I’ve never regretted any single one of them. And when you do take risks, it’s always win-win no matter the outcome because it’s always an opportunity to learn and enrich yourself.

I am truly grateful to my mentors and supportive friends and family. Here’s to more decades in the industry! Read Maan’s full article here.

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