Day #6: Identify 1 to 2 key mentors who you would like to have in your life.

Day #6 everyone! Here’s the latest food for thought from Natalie. A quote from Zig Ziglar, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” The message was very similar to one my mother used to always tell me. Inspirational people is a fairly new topic I’ve paid attention too. Before TopTia, I couldn’t really pinpoint a specific person I was inspired by as a photographer or an entrepreneur. That’s a very troubling realization. It told me that I didn’t know my industry well enough. It told me I had more research to do. Luckily, that is not the case as of September 2016. And I can think of the one person who I would be honor to learn from or gain knowledge from:

Ilko Allexandroff

Ilko Allezandroff, is an energetic and supportive photographer from Bulgaria, who–just like myself–came to Japan and unexpectedly launched his career in photography. His journey from novice to professional mimics my own. He came to Japan with career goals completely unrelated to photography–just as I did. He purchased his first camera in Japan and focused on mastering the basics with one very simple lens–just as I did. And he enjoys playing with different lighting setups for his portraits–just as I do.

Aside from admiring his work on his website or Facebook page, I find his lighting setup maps amazing reads. I often study them and test them out for my own photo sessions.

If I were to ask him one question in person, I would ask, what was it like to transition from your original career path to the path of a photographer? Or What was it like in the beginning stages of your career as a photographer?

If I had a bit more time to ask, I would also love to ask how he found his team of assistants and HMUA and what kind of relationship his team has. My last question would definitely be, May I assist you on your next project?

See you all in the next post!

Best wishes!

“…I was about to graduate searching for a job in my field, I asked myself, is that what I really want to do, there I decided to do my best and put all my efforts in photography!” -Ilko Allezandroff

Shoot what you love, and love what you shoot!” -Ilko Allezandroff

blog-challenge-badge-12  **This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 6

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