As an amateur photographer, I’ve taken many photos of animals, landscapes, and other natural landscapes.
I was intrigued by the phenomenon of “photojournalism.”
My first exposure came when I was in high school, and as I looked around, I noticed that there was a new crop of photographers taking a very specific form of photojournalism: the “selfie.”
As a photographer, that type of photo has always intrigued me.
When I started my career in photography, there was no such thing as a “selfies” as we now know them.
For a while, I used to take photos of my own family and friends, as well as a few of my fellow students.
But it was only after I began my professional career that I began to see that I could take pictures of my friends, family, and coworkers.
I started to use my “selfied” photos as my “brand,” which became my identity and my “image.”
One day, as I was walking to my car, I happened to be staring out the window of a building and noticed something I hadn’t seen in a long time: I noticed a group of men on the sidewalk outside.
They looked different than the men in the photos I’d taken before, but they were clearly having a good time.
It was as if they had taken a photo to share with friends and family.
They seemed like real people, and they were smiling.
The next day, I began taking pictures of other people, including a few friends and neighbors.
As I continued to take more and more of these photos, I started seeing the same faces.
I began getting into a “stroll” mode with my “stalkers.”
They would take pictures and talk about their experiences with photography, and the photos they took would become my brand.
A few weeks later, I was at a bar and I noticed a girl, whom I assumed to be the girl in the photo, and I asked her if she had seen the same girl I was with.
She said she had, and she told me that she had been with another photographer at the bar.
I went home and posted the photos to Instagram.
Within days, the girl and I were friends again.
I shared the photos on my blog, and people started commenting on them.
Within a few weeks, the entire photo community had seen my photo, which had created a strong image for me and my brand, which is why I was featured on the front page of The Huffington Report.
My “brand” grew, and it became a very popular brand.
It quickly grew into a name I would never forget, and one I would proudly wear around my neck, which has remained ever since.
After I took the “brand image” photo for my first professional assignment, I took many more.
This photo was taken with my Canon 1D Mark III at the National Zoo, at a time when the public had little or no understanding of wildlife photography.
In 2014, the National Wildlife Federation, the nation’s largest wildlife organization, recognized me for my photo of a bobcat on a rock ledge on Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world.
I used that photo as my cover for my upcoming book, The Photography of Everest.
Over the past few years, I have published countless photos, including some of the most famous, like this one.
Another image from my book, Everest: The Photography Guide.
At the beginning of my career, I often wondered if there was any way I could use my brand to help others achieve the same thing I had.
I realized that it wasn’t as hard as it seemed to be to find someone to use your brand in a positive way, and that it was much easier to find an opportunity to be your “brand.”
I began sharing my brand on social media and in my book.
I am proud to say that the photos that have become my “word” have been shared by hundreds of thousands of people, all around the world, who have become inspired by my message.
I can’t begin to tell you how many times I have heard someone say, “I had no idea I could be that famous and have that impact,” or “I never knew my brand would change someone’s life,” or that “I’ve just gotten my first brand photo.”
I’m proud to be a part of the incredible photographic community that has sprung up around my brand and my work.
The brand has taken me from a photo of my parents’ wedding to a photograph of the Dalai Lama.
Now, it’s time to share my brand with the world as well.
I’m sharing it with you in my new book, “The Photography of Mount Everest.”
To learn more about my book and my journey as a photographer and photographer-in-residence, visit the Mount Everest Press website.
You can follow me on Instagram and Twitter, or email me at steve.