Liv Your Life

A few days ago, I asked as question on my IG. I asked who my followers wanted to see featured… but, I didn’t say where I was featuring them. The intent was to gain ideas as to what I could use to gain more awareness of my site. The comments were made and the answers were given and the most common as was: Me. Seriously, no one wanted to see any other person gain the attention that they feel that they deserved. Initially, I was disappointed because I felt like there wasn’t much thought put into the question. Later, I realized that the question was asked on a platform and in a way that didn’t take much thought… so I got what I paid for.

That’s not to say that there wasn’t anything profound in the answers themselves. In fact, they’ve given me opportunity for a new direction with how I show my work and where I feature it. So, to start off this long week for myself, I want to feature a session with the model simply named, Liv. What makes this special isn’t the fact that she is one of my IG followers, but she’s also a friend that booked me to help create a set of images that would assist her re-entry into the industry. She went into hiatus to focus on her personal life and needed to shake the rust off.

Concurrently, the studio I had shot in for the past 7 years of my life (which was also my entire career), had closed its doors and I was looking for a studio home to base my work out of. The studio we were in was enough to create but not enough to be a creative photographer in the condition I was in with equipment. However, Liv was and always had been professional and worked well within the limitations of our session together.

At the end of it all, Liv came in with something to prove and I immediately pick up on her desire to do more than the regular. The Alex Hudson Experience is what I gave and what she earned herself is below…

God of War

Today, I finished God of War and I couldn’t keep my mind off of my real life Kratos, Hewitt Henderson. We met with him as my client, but before he left the studio… he was nothing less than my friend. The friendship grew into brotherhood and before he transcended, I recognized him as a warrior teacher… You only meet ONE person like H2 (another nickname) in your lifetime. My advice is simple: whoever they are, hold on to them, absorb their teachings and allow their spirit to radiate with yours. As for me, I’m still living, working hard to fulfill the promise I made to him, daily.
Promises are a funny thing, they’re made to be broken, else the word may not exist at all. Although I’ve broken my promise more than a few times before, I still work to keep it. Call it a fool’s errand, but being better than the day before isn’t as easy as I thought. However, the journey has been more than painful, more than life-changing . . . even more than rewarding. This post is for a friend but also to share my thoughts with everyone. May you rest easy Hewitt Henderson, you’re always in my ear giving me the wisdom to make it through life’s battles. You showed me how to build my Iron Man suit with no tools and you showed me to win wars without fighting. You were and will ALWAYS be, my God of War.

You only meet ONE person like H2

To Be Great

Changes make you grow. I keep that in mind as I proceed through life, career, and creativity. The biggest example of it comes in the very fact that I am a photographer. I know it’s easy to say, “I didn’t see myself doing this as a kid”, but that’s the direct honesty of it. As a child, art was always my ‘thing’ but I was led to believe that it wouldn’t carry me throughout life. I’m sure you’ve heard the term ‘starving artist’, right? Yeah, the worst motivational speech to give a young one with paint, pencils, and markers in his backpack, but it was better than nothing. Growing up, I stayed creative throughout puberty and even my teenage years by the means of Photoshop. Not entirely leaving traditional art behind, I began to dive into graphic design, creating websites, 3D abstracts, video editing, and flash animation. Yes! The list was long but Photography? By the time I graduated junior high, I understood the process of developing film, however, that’s where the line was drawn. Since I began using photoshop seriously at 16, I’ve always had an ‘eye’ for quality photos. It only made sense to have great quality stock photography when designing anything for marketing, promotion or just flat-out grabbing someone’s attention. As it would also turn out, I enjoyed the process of finding the ‘right photo’ for whatever design I was creating at the time.

Years later, the ‘right photo’ is what I’m still looking for and the journey to find it has been beyond my wildest dreams . . . maybe not that wild, but I couldn’t have imagined things any better than what they are. All this time spent TRYING and I never realized I  was DOING all that I loved to do and more! To be great, in part, you must be consistent and progressively moving forward. When things get rough, don’t stop, slow. Slow yourself to a pace were you can notice the things that you’ve earned from the Universe . . . then KEEP GOING.