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.
The Accidental Millionaire: How to Succeed in Life Without Really Trying
An entrepreneur’s rags-to-riches story reveals that sometimes not knowing where you’re going is the best way to get there . . .
A first-generation Chinese-American, Gary Fong 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. Spotting a bumper sticker one day that read “Since I gave up hope, I feel much better,” Gary promptly did just that.
As a would-be slacker (who really, really didn’t want to become a doctor), he somehow wound up revolutionizing wedding photography and inventing popular new equipment for photographers. At turns hilarious, insightful, and instructive, The Accidental Millionaire is a memoir that turns the traditional self-help principles upside down, rejecting the goal-oriented approaches and showing us how Gary Fong stopped trying—and started succeeding.
SNAPS by Gary Fong
Gary Fong is a world-renowned photographer, inventor and entrepreneur who has made multiple fortunes and lived a life far more colorful than any of his photos. From his inauspicious beginnings in a tiny, hairspraysaturated apartment that doubled as his parents wig studio, he went on to become, at a very young age, one of the world’s most successful wedding photographers.
After making millions in an industry traditionally reserved for small businessmen, he practically stumbled upon serial successes in the photo printing, software, real estate and camera accessory industries by making snap decisions based on his own quirky impulses. Gary is not a traditional businessman and his story is not a traditional rag-to-riches tale. Known to make important life choices on the flip of a coin, he has followed the whims of fate and instinct to create a life of amazing prosperity and adventure.
Sometimes hilarious, sometimes touching, Snaps is a series of short verbal snapshots, each of which can be read alone. When taken together, though, they form a rich mosaic of a life fully lived and an adventure that is still unfolding.