Oh this is such a fun blog post for me! I wanted to take a minute to wish my friend Joe Buissink a happy birthday! As many of you know, WPPI awarded Joe the WPPI lifetime achievement award this year! I must say as my inaugural year at the conference, it was one of the highlights I will never forget. If there was ever a person (in my eyes) who deserves it, he is the guy.
Joe is not just a great photographer, he’s also kind-hearted, inspirational, insightful, funny and a great teacher. He’s touched so many lives including mine over the years in so many ways. I was fortunate to take one of his workshops seven years ago in Vermont. It was a small group of photographers (and good friends), many of whom I’m still very close with. I still remember our late night dinners, discussions, and it was such a huge way for me to recharge my career. We all got some one-on-one time with Joe, and he gave me some of the greatest advice I’ve ever been given…
Joe to Jason: (as he flips through a book of my images) “Jason, we’ve known each other for a while. You’ve been doing this a long time, what do you want me to talk to you about? Your work is solid, what are you looking for from me?”
Jason to Joe: “I’m struggling for the next step. Where to go as an artist, and my business.”
Joe to Jason: (as he leaned in and pointed to my heart) “You need to believe in you.”
He followed up and then summoned me away, “Now think about that on your ride home tomorrow, and the next few months.” Honestly at first I was like say what?! The more I thought about it though, the more I realized how valuable that advice was.
Thank you Joe, and Happy Birthday! Here’s a few photos Garrett Nudd, who attended with me grabbed of him during the workshop. Garrett has also become a great educator, and continues to run a successful studio in Chattanooga, Tennessee.