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2018: LIVE

First off Happy New Year people!

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It’s 2018 and for everyone the new year means something different, like the below:

  • Time to leave 2017 behind
    • Erasing last year
  • My resolutions for 2018 are ____
    • Forward thinking for this year

But for me I look at it differently because I do not think of a resolution.  I boil it down to one word that I think should determine how my year will go.  When it comes to my decisions through out the year I think about whether it matches that word.  If it does, I do it, if not I don’t. This year is no different.

This year my word is LIVE!

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Model: @itsgetright photographer: @photosbydemy

So what does that mean to me in 2018, it means to make the most out of my experience.  To not let life pass me by but to go out and grab life by the….lens to say the least.  Like the shot above, all though I froze my hands to get this during a snow mobile trip, I had to snap this shot of my brother.

Live also means that everything I thought of trying to just go out and do it.  I am living my life creating experiences.  For example, I always wanted to try to do stand up and make people laugh…I can be funny sometimes.  So what I decided to do is to create an Instagram page @JokesbyDemy to test out some jokes and then bring them to the stage.  While I know everyone might not like to do so much all within the same year, for me I have so many things I am passionate about.

Case in point did you know I do the following:

  • Try to find a place to take photos in each city I travel
  • Rap over verses…some turn out really well
  • Tell jokes/stories to my peers
  • Work on apps and ideas
  • Read and listen to audio books

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The world tries to get you to focus on one thing at a time, but sorry world I wasn’t built that way!  I am passionate about way too many things to sit back and just do one.  So I am going to do it all, and while not all of them will turn out great, I did something in 2018.

I LIVED!

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Redemption

I am back!

So I took a hiatus from writing for a little bit to get down to what I really love to do, and you know what that turned out to be…..photos!

While I’ve been gone I have been shooting up a storm with shots such as this:

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As you can see this guy is just as happy about me blogging again as I am.  But unlike me, he did not learn any lessons.  Below are the lessons I have learned since I have been gone:

  1. It is ok to focus on yourself:  It is so easy to get wrapped up in doing everything for everyone else and neglecting your own personal needs.  So what I decided to do is when I want to do something, I do it!  It is so empowering and now that I have started I can never go back.LRM_EXPORT_20171130_233153.jpg
  2. Have fun: Yes we all want to be successful and make money, but if you let that be the only focus, you won’t truly be successful.  My older brother Alex loves working out, and he told me once he works out when he is bored.  That is his fun, and when he feels it he does it.  He doesn’t let a standard limit him.  As I started breaking the status quo, the more fun I had.  Take for example this shot of one of my best friends!LRM_EXPORT_20171130_233226.jpg
  3. Pay attention to your surroundings: After my first 6 months shooting, I started to feel like I needed to find these phenomenal places to go take photos.  In truth, I can take some of the best photos in a hotel room with whatever lens I see fit.  What this means to me is look up, walk strong, and look around.  It’s a change in focus from me to what is around me.  It has allowed me to be able to take some awesome shots and have some fun.LRM_EXPORT_20171130_233111.jpg
  4. You do not know everything, so go find the information or ask someone:  So I think I have a high IQ…but some days I could probably seek out more advice.  Now that does not mean I am going to do that every time, but it does mean I will try.  Also, it does not mean that I have to take someone’s advice either.  It just means reach out and try to learn.  Even the strongest people need someone to lean on sometimes!LRM_EXPORT_20171130_233307.jpg
  5. Love yours: (Don’t know if J.Cole has that copyrighted or not but kind thought his song writing this)  Basically at the end of the day, you are responsible for your happiness.  If you are unhappy you have to figure out what will make you happy.  No one else can change your mood for you.LRM_EXPORT_20171129_235321.jpg

Overall, one theme reigns supreme and it is life is about you.  If others improve your life let them but at the end of your life, you’ll reflect on all you did.  Not what all others have done.  As I write this, I hope that someone who might be wondering what their path is takes the initiative to do something.  If you do, definitely write a comment below, I would love to share your story and be an advocate for you to continue.  Call it someone who can help keep you accountable for your happiness and likewise you can do the same for me.

We are in this world together, let’s live like it!

– Demetri

 

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Evolution

So today, I posted my first live stream on Instagram and it lead me to this post. It lead me to something I have carried on my heart for a long time.  It starts with this photo.

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So why this photo out of all of the ones that I have taken?  Why is this probably the most important photo that I have ever taken?

The answer is it is the most honest.

About 2 years ago, I stared down at a pool in Texas, wondering if I was to be found in this pool dead, would anyone even care.  That night I decided I would not to find the answer, but this photo embodies that moment for me.  I took this a couple months back as a reminder of where I have been, the darkest side of myself.  When I believed that hope was just a thought.

Shortly after that, I joined Amway and I learned the power of the mind.  How it can change your perception.  How you can overcome any self-doubt with positive belief.  Now let me pause here this is not supporting Amway in anyway, just explaining what it taught me.

It caused me to start Idyllic Designs with my business partner.  It’s truly a thing that I think could have been great.

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Here is one of the cases actually.  The idea was to help artist get exposure and provide another platform for them to express themselves.  If we made money they were going to make money that was the plan.  We wanted them to get almost the equivalence of royalty checks basically.  It never came into existence the way that I would of liked but I learned a lot from the experience just like Amway.

Which brings me to now…

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…the guy with the camera!

These experiences boiled down to 1 thing, I want to do something great.  Something that can change the world for the better.  From being someone with suicidal thoughts, to posting a positive photo every day on Instagram.

While I still am haunted by my ghost of depression’s past every so often, I’ve learned to pick myself up.  I’ve learned that no one else will pick up your pieces.  So if I am going to do something great, I will have to hang myself out there.  I would have to share my story of how someone with a great job, doing all the right things could truly be unhappy with himself.  I would have to tell the world, I could have not been here, but I am.

The reason why this is called Evolution, is it is the evolution of a suicidal kid, and how 2 years later I fight back for my happiness and my life.  To be someone who just wants to affect those around him positively.

So to end this on a high note I want to provide my Instagram’s greatest hits and my most positive quotes!

“Life is about each moment. A chance to seize an opportunity, to create something amazing, to be amazing!”

“Life is as beautiful as you make it! Remember you’re the driver for your life!”

“Keep your eyes open, and your mind wide because you never know when something amazing will come your way!”

“Life is not perfect for me but I decide to get a little better every day 🙏🏾”

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The Photoshoot

This blog will be a little different. It’s about doing something I love and didn’t realize until this year. It’s one of my photo shoots in which I asked someone to model. 

Now selfies and nature are easy. You just need the right lighting and scenery, but shooting a person you want to bring out the best in them. There’s qualities of the person you want to showcase and highlight. 

For Senait, I definitely wanted to showcase her. She’s been an amazing friend and person. 

So how do you bring out the best in someone? Do you try to get them to see what you see? Or do you let them do them?

That answer I had to learn. I had my idea in mind but the best photos came from when she was in control. She is powerful, funny, and smart in every way. 

In her element she is easy to shoot. She made it easy as a friend to get really good photos. Her energy allowed me to be at my best that day.

While she would be my first official photo shoot she will not be my last. She reminded me why I picked up the camera… to bring out the best in people and society.