Behance Meetup Takeaways with Greg Bryon
Our Behance meetup last night with local photographer Greg Bryon from Pep Rally Inc. was a huge success. We wanted to give a shout out not only to Greg himself for making the time to come out and talk to us about some of his processes and mindsets but also to everyone who came out; you all are how we can continue to build up the creative community here in Tampa. Last night was less of a talk and more of a question and answer session, but it turned out great nonetheless. In case you couldn’t make it out, here are a few of our favorite takeaways from our talk with Greg Bryon.
“Yes, the work may be hard, but the decision to chase what you want is the hardest part. ”
We’ve had Greg out to chat with us a couple of times before, and in those talks, he first introduced us to his philosophy on the work-life balance. Many of us have segregations and dividers in our minds in regard to the various elements of our lives; this is work, this is home, this is my weekend and each of them is different. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with compartmentalizing your life this way, as, we’d venture to say that the majority of people do. For Greg, work and life outside of work and vacation and relationships–they’re all just constituents of his life. Taking a more holistic approach to viewing life means that, if nothing is separate, every aspect of life builds on one another. When you grow at work, you grow in your personal life. When you grow your personal life, you grow your relationships, etc, etc. So for Greg, it’s less of a question on how he maintains a work-life balance and more about how he maintains a consistent quality of life.
There was a question asked last night about making the transition from photography as something Greg did on the side, to something he worked at as a profession. Greg went to medical school and worked at a hospital for a while before he made the leap and began leaning on photography as a means of income. He said that he took the same intensity that he put into medicine and applied it to photography; the same amount of work and studying and late nights, just in relation to photography. Greg told us that even though the work is hard, once you’ve made that decision, once you’ve flipped that switch in your head that this is the only way it’s going to be, he said it’s easier to deal with. “It’s what you have to do. I’ll either do this and pay my bills, or I won’t,” he told us. This portion of the Q&A essentially came down to one word: hustle. Yes, the work may be hard, but the decision to chase what you want is the hardest part. From there all you have to do is hustle and be better than you were the day before.
Lessons from Film
Another question that was asked last night was how shooting digitally for work differed from shooting with film for Greg’s personal endeavors. Perhaps one of the more profound moments from last night was Greg’s answer to this question. He told us that even though he enjoys photography as a whole, the precision that he has to work with when shooting film is something that he carries with him. When shooting digitally, you can shoot virtually as many photos as you need, given the amount of memory you’re working with. Greg said that when shooting film, he has to give his full attention to his surroundings, often waiting in one spot for the shot to arise, waiting for the wind to be blowing past just right, or the sun to cast the perfect shadow. He told us that it’s a way for him to get into a meditative state, soaking in the environment and blending into it. Shooting with film seems like the difference between reading an ebook and having a physical book or listening to music on Spotify versus listening to a record; you have to slow down and appreciate the craft and the creativity and everything about the process to get the desired outcome. This lesson is applicable to everyone, in every walk of life. Take time to find the value in the practice.
These are just a few of the insights that we took away from last night, but of course, the session was packed with little insights throughout. Again, a huge thank you to Greg for coming out and talking with all of us and to everyone who took the time to stop by. Keep checking in with us as we’ll have our next Behance meetup around the middle of February. Thanks for reading and keeping up with us. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Linkedin, Dribbble, and Behance for some of our best practices, free wallpapers, resources and spec work.