We had the good fortune of connecting with Tyler Nelson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tyler, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
Yes, my balance has changed over time significantly! I think about balancing my priorities daily. I have a full-time job, I have hobbies, family to tend to, and so many other things I must do. I realize I must utilize tools such as planners or a schedule to help me manage my time wisely. Every day I want to make sure I’m not going over my limit and overworking myself. Sometimes business is slow, which is normal. In that case, I try to make sure I spend some time doing self-development, practicing, watching youtube, etc. I think balance is between managing work and life is great because it keeps me on my toes. It’s somewhat fun to have order and reasons to be busy. I enjoy living for what I need to get done.
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.
I have been a career Firefighter for 7 years. However, I have been a freelance photographer since 2016. I typically took landscape photos and focused on travel photography as a hobby. I decided to become a professional photographer after feeling so burnt out from working so much at the Fire Department. I knew photography was a passion of mine and it was time to build the confidence and skill to make it a business.
What sets me apart from others, is my passion for photography has nothing to do with making money. Its truly about doing a service and making sure my photos make the client extremely happy. I enjoy making sure the person in front of the camera is satisfied. I enjoy strategizing, pre-planning, and pleasing!
Of course, the road has its ups and downs. Photography itself is a skill you must work at daily. There are so many components for example, skin editing, learning how to price, doing photography at night..etc. Becoming proficient in all areas are challenging but it must be done. I believe in being great, not limited, and not stagnant.
I’ve learned many lessons along the way and I am still learning. The most important lessons would be to remain patient, put in the work and business will come. Positive thinking is a must, have faith, use your time wisely, insure all your equipment and again be patient.
I just want the world to know I am serious and won’t be giving up. My Photography business is named Venture & Voyage because that’s what it feels like being a Professional Photographer. It’s a journey to achieve, become better and overcome challenges.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would definitely recommend visiting the Beltline located in the heart of Atlanta. There is so much to do as far as biking, running, skateboarding and walking. The beltline offers beautiful sunset views and lots of great restaurants. Georgia in general has much to offer. Ponce City Markets is along the Beltline and has rooftop with food and carnival games. I would then visit North Georgia for hiking and seeing waterfalls because there are so many hidden state parks. North Georgia has so many scenic highways and valleys. There are a lot of hidden treasures up there. Savannah would be good for a day or overnight trip. The beach would be good to see and Savannah offers some great southern restaurants too!
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 want dedicate this shoutout to Mr. Livingstone Jaxon. Livingstone Jaxon is a prominent Wedding Photographer located in Atlanta, Ga who operates as Jaxon Photography. I I contacted him to ask if I could shadow him to become a better photographer because I did not know any other photographers. He kindly agreed to help me and allowed me to assist him on various photoshoots and weddings. Being his assistant taught me so much and helped me developed the confidence I was lacking. It was amazing to get hands-on experience vs watching youtube and trying to memorize techniques. I am truly grateful for him welcoming me into his space. I strive in every photoshoot to be just like him. I have so much respect and gratitude for Mr. Livingstone Jaxon.