After about a year of questioning whether to get a new camera or not, the D7100 won my heart. Decided to take it out for a shoot at Cheaterama and test it before Harley's 110th begins... needless to say, I love this camera!
Once in a while, you meet someone through a friend, and you think "man, that dude was super cool – I want to be friends with that guy." Then, you start talking about twerking, or drawing noodle-like arms, maybe talk about boogers for a while. This was essentially my experience the last couple months collaborating with Jolby & Friends. My good friend Steven Kasprzyk, who works with Jolby, and I currently work with on Megabolt, introduced me to the pair Josh + Colby = Jolby. They are based in Portland Oregon, where they have built a fortress of inspiring work, varying from design to illustration and everything in between. It's rare to meet a duo that can function as such an amazing team; Colby being the guy with the illustration half of the brain, and Josh being the designer half, but both can clearly direct and work in tandem on both sides of the spectrum. Through collaboration with these two, I have learned to try to do anything I can to make a piece better. Don't feel like you can't just try something, even if it feels weird, or out of your comfort zone. Take risks, discover ways to be inventive in the smallest of ways. Most of all, enjoy the work you do, which is something that sounds simple and a brainless Confucius quote, but it really is important. Enjoy what you are doing, and do work you are truly proud to do. If you have never heard of Jolby, check them out here:
Lost & Founded.
As of June 7, 2013, a new page in this chapter of life has finally turned. Varado & Co. is alive and breathing. After years of working long, dreary hours following my nine to five job, the blood, sweat, tears (and pit stains) has amounted to being able to make it on my own. Collaborations with great people like Scott Johnson, Steve Kaspryzk of Megabolt, Dylan Haigh of Haigh & Martino, and the endless support of my girlfriend Heidi has convinced me "I think it's time to give this a shot." Time to buckle down tight, and venture out into the great unknown.
Sure, the incredible pressure of finding work to do has caused my already prematurely grey hair to increase from an overall 29% coverage to roughly 35%, but wow this is exciting. Can't say I'm not dreading the tax man's unquenchable thirst, but then again, what's life worth if you don't give it a shot.
Alright, enough of the mushy shit. The purpose of this blog will be to update visitors like yourself with a taste of what the hell is going on behind the doors of Varado & Co. It might be a picture of something I am working on, might be a quick snapshot of my dog Ole trying to initiate himself into the human race, or maybe just something I thought "hey, thats cool, let me post that." A smattering of just life. So enjoy!