“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan.
This blog could be one of the most difficult blog I ever wrote. You know nowadays blog becomes the perception door for others to know what we are doing for living. That makes it so difficult for me to share my thought.
But I really want to make this blog to be my reflection of my proud time. So this following blog could be one of the hardest blog I’ve ever written.
Last year was a successful year for me because I achieved pretty much what I planned to do. It’s worth to look what I have achieved in this blog.
One of important decisions I made in 2011 was to reduce number of commitments in wedding assignments. Initially the plan was just to direct my works to what I wish to do because I could commit in every project that I was assigned to. I am not only happy with the result but also I could have my spare time to explore my other options.
One of the options I love to do was to inspire and educate. I was fortunate to be able to travel in South East Asia to shoot weddings while meeting a bunch of coolest Asian photographers in this past 2 years. It made me realise that we all had the same problems and hope for the same dreams. That is to have a better place for creative people to be treated respectfully in Asia.
Of course one of the common problem is how easily people call themselves a professional wedding photographer just by having a nice Digital SLR and after being an uncle bob in one of the weddings they attend.
Please don’t get me wrong, I am encouraging people to turn into a professional wedding photographer/cinematographer. It is simply one of the best jobs in the world. No kidding. I thank God for the opportunity and I wish others can feel the same. I am definitely happy with the competition.
Who am I to judge who is ready to be professional or not / good or bad? After all, they are also making couples happy right (super affordable package)? I know exactly how it felt like them, after all I am also one those stories because of the affordable digital SLR era.
That’s why back in the late of 2010 I created a project named Wiki School Pedia (WSP), a school or place for wedding artists to share, inspire and educate peers to be a better professional. I see this place where I am not the only one but also for other professionals to contribute for this vision.
I knew from the start this project would require a lot of commitment especially for me who’s still a full wedding photographer/cinematographer/businessman.
I was committed to do it with slowly better than nothing. Until late 2011, we thought it’s time to look at this project on a more serious note. It’s not everyday we are given some opportunity. It’s never about success or fail when comes with the opportunity. The question is that whether we have a heart to embrace it.
If 2011 is the year of achievement. We called 2012 was the year of investment. We say 2012 is the time we need to go out from our comfort zone, the time we need to have a faith on ourselves.
The first move will happen in 1-2 weeks time from now when we send our kids to settle in Jakarta, Indonesia where a lot of helpers from family can help us out.
It’s one of the most difficult step to make for this commitment. It’s easy to think growing a family in Sydney, Australia is way better than Jakarta, Indonesia.
But that’s the step we must take because Jamie + Ryan deserve to have full attention of their education and welfare while we are super busy with wedding assignment back and forth in Sydney and South East Asia particularly in Indonesia, networking and looking for quality teaching contents for Wiki School Pedia and of course managing our growing team in Foto Expression, Foto Xpress and the BIG films.
We printed this precious family photo print (1metre). Photo taken by Ken Kawitana of Foto Expression
The meaning of investment in my dictionary is gamble + education.
In order to realize our dreams in Wiki School Pedia and other dreams, we must gamble a lot of things that we knew that I was happy for it. We must gamble a lot of different things where the chance of failure is bigger because you don’t have any business model to look up to.
But it’s not a pure gamble because we have done our homework before making this decision. It’s an investment that we know that we are prepared for a loss rather than a gain.
Thus, we prepare to see that 2012 will be one of the exciting years for me because this could be the second times I made big decision in my career that I could be so proud of (after leaving my full time office job to be a wedding photographer).
Wish us luck! Keep supporting me and the team in Foto Expression especially in Sydney, Australia and Jakarta, Indonesia.
We have nothing but to be super excited for the future ahead of us.
Yes, I am still available in 2012 wedding assignment either in Sydney, Australia or in Jakarta, Indonesia or anywhere. There are a few dates to book if you are interested.
And Yes, Foto Expression and the BIG films are still my babies. We have so much plan to explore creatively in this year. At least we have just added 5 new members to our photography and cinematography team in Sydney.
Check out here some behind the scenes photos taken from last Sunday’s training
Ilona turned into a pretend make up artist on the training.
I pretended to be the groom.
No wedding dress, we used a tie as the laces in wedding gown
Adiv showed how to use the steadycam using 70-200mm lens
Lastly, Ilona and I pretended to walk down the aisle again, but this time I turned into the father of the bride