Books by Gary Fong
The Accidental Millionaire
The Accidental Millionaire is the memoir of Gary Fong, would-be slacker who revolutionized wedding photography, inventor of popular photography aids, entrepreneur, contrarian, bon vivant and a man who really, really didn’t want to become a doctor. A first-generation Chinese-American, Gary was raised in one of Los Angeles’ least-desirable neighborhoods and was forced to deal—in his own quirky and often very funny way—with the burdens of poverty, crime and his parents’ relentless aspirations. These issues almost overwhelmed him until he had a dramatic epiphany. Spotting a bumper sticker that read “Since I gave up hope, I feel much better,” Gary promptly did just that.
He stopped trying and started succeeding. At turns hilarious, insightful and instructive, The Accidental Millionaire is Horatio Alger-meets-David Sedaris. Turning the traditional self-help principles upside down, The Accidental Millionaire disdains the goal-oriented approaches of traditional self-help philosophies. Sometimes not knowing where you are going is the best possible way to get there.
So You Want to Be a Rockstar Photographer
Social media has created a myth of the a professional photographer's life as "Rockstar" glamorous. Web personalities who claim that the ticket to success is to "branding"-heavy on style, light on skill-who seem to spend more time in front of the camera than behind it. This myth is hurting a profession that already faces daunting challenges. It's harder than ever to forge success as a professional event photographer. That's why it's critical to learn the real skills and secrets that will help you succeed. Not the motivational, "Buy a BMW and believe in yourself" stuff, but practical principles that generate business in the real world.
So You Want to Be a Rockstar Photographer is for professionals, budding pros, and anyone interested in learning more about how to thrive in the real world of event photography. What you may discover is that when you stop trying to be a rockstar, and start focusing on the process of being a thoughtful, client-centered pro, you might become an outstanding success.