Intrepid Winter Open-2016
*Please note, this has been edited a few times since writing is not my thing. I apologize. :)
This was Ryan's response to an email I sent him about 8 months ago. He gave me the ok to take pictures at a weightlifting meet he was having at his gym. He put faith into a complete stranger. The best part of his email.. when he asked if I had anything to promote my business. At the time, my friend Harold and Joe were my only followers on Instagram and my cover photo on FB was of a tree. lol!!
With still, a very long road ahead of me, the amount that I have learned has exceeded my goals. It has been quite amazing. It all started with one email, and photographing weightlifters at Intrepid Strength and Conditioning.
Over the last eight months, I've been asked two questions on a number of occasions : Why weightlifting? Do you want to be like Nat from Hookgrip, you know that job is taken right?
For the 3 people that actually read every single one of my posts, ha! You know I love photographing every sport I am given the opportunity to shoot. Example, next Saturday I'm helping Warren of Metro Sports Magazine with shooting a Rugby game at Randalls Island, in New York City. (Rugby rules!!)
When I started weightlifting at NYWA, I learned that the sport of Olympic Weightlifting (although growing), is not a mainstream sport. I am still learning so much as I go. I find myself texting my coach, Danny Casey , with random questions. One day he may change his number on me. hahaha! But I knew one thing... I wanted to share more pictures of weightlifters and small moments in weightlifting.
As far as Hookgrip? Nat provides an unbelievable insight to the sport. Gregor Winter from All Things Gym, is another person to follow! But no, I don't want to be Nat from Hookgrip.
I want to be Viv, from Everyday Lifters.. with my 2 followers and all. lol!!!
I don't know what is in store for Everyday Lifters. I am just learning from the experiences that come my way. Currently, one of my goals is to remember all the names of athletes I've photographed, so I can stop calling them by their Instagram names.
So Ryan, here is a note for you:
Below is what I want the world to see. I figure one repost at time, I'll reach all corners of this massive planet. ;-)
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