We had the good fortune of connecting with Jeff Rice and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jeff, how did you come up with the idea for your business?
Well it all started when the pandemic hit. I’m in the Georgia Air National Guard and was activated as part of the Covid19 response team. During that time we were living in hotels at our designated locations. During my off time I was doing really one of the few things that was able to minimize social interaction which was hiking. Now during hikes you often see things you want to take a picture of, and phone cameras just aren’t really designed for it. So I looked into getting a decent digital camera. That’s when my passion for photography reignited from when I was younger. Like many things veterans used to love, when they come back from overseas things change. I was in the Marines from 00-04 and during that time I spent 14 months in the Persian Gulf.. That changed me, and for whatever reason my love of photography faded as part of it. Now ffwd to 2020 when I started taking photos again and really loving it I thought I need to do this full time. I love being outdoors and I love capturing moments in time that make you feel an emotion. Then to top it off, it always makes me feel good when others see my work and it brings out emotions in them. Now for the name, Well it’s quite simple, people often comment on how blue my eyes are so Blue Eyed Photography was born..
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Well as far as career goes, I am a Registered Dental Hygienist and in the Air National Guard. Both paths took multiple unexpected turns, hit challenging barriers and had me question if I wanted to change. People have to understand for 99.9% of us life isn’t easy, and I always say “Life isn’t meant to be understood” you just gotta do what’s right, fight for what you believe in and things will eventually work out.
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.
Well it all varies on the type of stuff they like, and if it’s their first time to the Atlanta area. Food places; Im always about exploring new spots finding the little hole in the wall locations. I will have to say though we’d at one point have to go to five daughters bakery and grab some 100 layer doughnuts. As far as places to see the beltline, botanical gardens, aquarium, ponce, atlantic station.. I’m also big into traveling just a bit north to gibbs gardens or helen ga
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 am for the most part Self Taught, but I’ve had the pleasure of being able to work with Roger Parsons and Dustin Cole, who have been in photography for a while and have definitely played a big role in perfecting my craft and understanding the science of photography. I also have to say I’ve picked up some tips and tricks from YouTube. As well
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