We had the good fortune of connecting with Christopher Montgomery and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Christopher, putting aside the decision to work for yourself, what other decisions were critical to your success?
It would definitely have to be making the decision to choose one thing and take it seriously. I think of the quote “Put all your eggs in one basket, and watch that basket.” We’re living in a world with so many distractions. It’s easy to lose ourselves in scrolling thru social media and binge watching tv shows. Those activities are not bad in moderation, but overconsumption can be disadvantageous because it doesn’t leave much time to work towards individual aspirations.

I’ve even noticed how the realm of entrepreneurship can have its distractions as well. This often reveals itself as trying to take on too many endeavors at once. That hustle mindset is great…but there’s a better way to steer it. That’s achieved by narrowing the focus to one thing and really doing it. If your energy is spread around to many different things, there’s not enough to make any one spark in a significant way. When the energy is focused to one area, it intensifies like a laser beam; and that’s where we break through.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’ve been a professional photographer for four years now. What was once a hobby became a passion. What’s guided me along the way is following my instincts and always seeing the big picture.

I’m most proud of diving into the unknown when the opportunity presented itself to do photography full-time. It’s either sink or swim. I might not be the best swimmer in the pool yet…but I can swim through life like an Olympian. We shouldn’t be afraid to try different things and live life how we want to live it.

A lot of good has happened over these last four years. Things are trending up. The opportunities continue to be there. I think it’s a culmination of trying different things throughout my life that eventually led me to photography. The business success stems from doing the work, being a student of the craft, having patience and trusting the process.

The main challenge for me early on was not knowing what I didn’t know. Once I kept studying the craft and working it, my knowledge expanded. That allowed me to be able to quickly adapt in different situations.

A lesson I’ve learned is to put the focus on helping people; being of service. Sometimes we can get caught up in focusing on the revenue, when the revenue is a result of the service provided.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
The city is live right now. I’m pretty chill so most of what I do will be real lowkey, nothing too crazy. I love being out in nature so would definitely have to go hiking. One of the best views is looking out at the skyline from the top of Stone Mountain.

Atlanta also has a good live music scene. Revel is a vibe and also Gallery 992.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’m dedicating this to the community.; to the people who are doing the work and the ones who’ve showed support. Nothing can be done without people. That’s the trust investment.

Website: https://www.montyangelo.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/montyangelo/

Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/christopher-montgomery-98716421

Twitter: https://twitter.com/montyangelo_

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Montyangelo-142365683242829/

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