Retrospective: 2017

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It's been quite a while since I've blogged here. In large part, it's because it's been a busy summer and fall. After living in the Sultanate of Oman for nearly two years, (and more or less bouncing around the world for close to five) I have moved back to the United States for a while.

Amongst what has been a tumultuous end to 2017 in the United States and across the world, I decided to finally take the plunge and try my hand at transforming what has been until now a hobby and a passion, into a profession. In the fall of 2017, as many of you may already know, I began doing photography professionally.

The professional side of my photography has mostly taken the form of weddings, portraiture, and a bit of commercial work; I've also started selling some of my favorite images (including some of the ones you'll see in this blog post) as fine-art prints.

I have learned a great deal, and have much further yet to go. To those of you who have already known about this journey, and have supported me along the way, I offer my most sincere thanks. To those of you who are just learning this now, I look forward to continuing to share this next chapter in my photography with you.

Early in the process of beginning to pursue photography professionally, I decided something that may sound contradictory to some. Though I started to do photography as a "job," I also committed to always remembering what it's like to think like a beginner.

The beginner doesn't stress out about what others will think of their work. The beginner doesn't get hung up on whether they're using the newest, fanciest equipment or not. The beginner is simply excited to shoot. There is a joy, and a creative freedom in that beginner's mindset, that can often get lost when you start taking photography (and yourself) more seriously.

Don't misunderstand me: I will always strive to understand and capture the vision of my clients. It is simply that I believe the best way to do so, and to deliver unique, exceptional, genuine images, is to never forget the wonder, curiosity, and joy that brought me to photography in the first place.

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And perhaps most importantly, I want to follow through on a discovery that I have made all too recently. Some of my favorite photographic subjects are those closest to me: my friends, and my family. In many ways I am taking photos, and have always been taking photos, for them. To remember them and to remind them. To preserve the fleeting moments that will never repeat. It is ultimately also those moments that I seek to capture for my clients, and remembering what it's like to do it for myself keeps me connected to that feeling.


We've now arrived at the part of the blog post where, according to the experts, I'm supposed to include some sort of "call to action." My request is a simple one: I invite you all to join me on this journey. To continue to follow my exploration of photography and why I so love and respect this art form. You can follow this blog by bookmarking it, signing up for my newsletter, or following me on instagram (@danieldurazo) and facebook (@durazophotography).

And ultimately, I entreat you all to also keep alive that wonder, curiosity, and joy at the world around us. Whether you find it in your work, in raising a family, or your own creative pursuits, don't ever forget the beginner's mindset. If you want to learn more about how photography can become a vehicle for that mindset, keep an eye on this blog; I'll be posting more of my own thoughts on how to improve your own photography. 

Also let me know if you're interested in working with me to create images of the things that are meaningful, beautiful, or compelling in your life or in your work. I look forward to hearing from you, and wish you an excellent end to 2017.

Warmest regards,

Daniel | Durazo Photography

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