That’s the emotion I’m feeling most today as I stand at the southern most point of the United States because it’s time for me to start a new chapter. After two years working amongst some of the smartest and most talented people on the planet, I’m leaving Google. I have no doubt that my fellow Googlers will continue to build industry and life changing products and services, helping to unify every person in all corners of the globe. I’m so proud to have been a part of this organization.
As the page turns, it’s time for me to return to doing things on my own as a photographer and entrepreneur while leveraging my industry experiences with devising social strategies and running global influencer/partner programs. To that end, I’ve incorporated and formed my new company, Matiash, Inc., which serves as an umbrella for the various projects and revenue streams that I’m now managing.
But what I’m most excited about is the deeper relationship that I’ve formed with my good friends at Sony. In addition to being a member of the Artisans of Imagery program, I’ll now be working very closely with the Sony Digital Imaging team to strategize and bring the world of Alpha mirrorless technologies to the forefront of photo industry. The opportunity to work alongside people whose passion it is to build products aimed squarely at photography hobbyists, enthusiasts, and pros is something that I’m truly excited about. I’m still shaking my head at how far we’ve come, Christina and Kayla. :)
While that will take a majority of my time, I’m also smack dab in the middle of writing my first published book with Rocky Nook Publishing on the creative aspects of photography due out this summer. I’ll share more details about this in the coming months but suffice it to say that it is a massive bucket list item that I’m going to be checking off. I’m thankful for all the folks there who are investing so much in me, especially my good friend, Scott Cowlin, and my favorite editor, Ted Waitt.
Earlier this month, I led my first major workshop of the year in Death Valley with my very close bud, James Brandon, and based on the great success from it, we’re going to be adding a new line of high-end/premium workshops at more exotic locations alongside our existing photography workshops that take advantage of the splendors of the US National Parks. Details on those events are coming!
In the middle of all this good stuff, I’ll still continue contributing content to both Photofocus and Lynda.com and I’m really happy to take part in new initiatives with my old buddies at onOne and my new ones at G-Technology. I’m also investing much more time in delivering the very best content possible via my Newsletter while also taking a closer look at how much time I invest in the fleeting musings of social media as a whole.
Finally, I want to take a moment to thank my beloved wife, Nicole, for her ridiculously enduring support of me and my efforts throughout the years. She has constantly been my biggest fan, my favorite critic, and my most trusted confidant. Everyone should be so lucky to have a Nicolesy in their lives to help set the course.
And to all of you guys ‘n gals who have made this whole trek as fun and memorable as it has been, I tip my hat to you. Rest assured that we’re only getting started.