Onto the next chapter

By |2015-02-02T20:23:16+00:00Feb 2nd, 2015|

Uncomfortably excited.

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.

81 Comments

  1. Scott Cowlin February 2, 2015 at 8:31 pm - Reply

    I am so excited to get the opportunity to work with you! It’s gonna be fun!

  2. Nino Rakichevich February 2, 2015 at 8:34 pm - Reply

    Good luck Brian!

  3. Alan Hess February 2, 2015 at 8:38 pm - Reply

    Nice! Good luck in everything and I look forward to seeing all you do.

  4. Carolyn Klein Lagattuta February 2, 2015 at 8:44 pm - Reply

    How exciting!

  5. James Brandon February 2, 2015 at 8:44 pm - Reply

    Congrats brother, you’re gonna kill it!

  6. J.R. Milne February 2, 2015 at 8:50 pm - Reply

    That’s awesome Brian. I’m very happy for you!

  7. Kelly DeLay February 2, 2015 at 8:53 pm - Reply

    Good luck Brian! I know you will do well

  8. Johnny Santiago February 2, 2015 at 9:00 pm - Reply

    Wow that’s great news Brian. Congrats to you.

  9. David Daniels February 2, 2015 at 9:03 pm - Reply

    Break a leg!

  10. Paulie Grugan February 2, 2015 at 9:10 pm - Reply

    Wow. Is this done with the 16 stopper

  11. Gretchen Chappelle February 2, 2015 at 9:13 pm - Reply

    Cheers to the new chapter! Looks like it’s going to be a great read

  12. Keegan Hobson February 2, 2015 at 9:14 pm - Reply

    Good luck to you bud, never forget the fusion that comes from cape light! Ha!

  13. José N. Silva February 2, 2015 at 9:18 pm - Reply

    Oh man, you’ve got so much on your plate! Inspiring stuff for sure, Brian. The future is looking very exciting!

  14. Scott Valentine February 2, 2015 at 9:18 pm - Reply

    Congratulations! What an exciting time :)

  15. Katherine Cheng February 2, 2015 at 9:21 pm - Reply

    The future is yours to crush! Rooting for you every step of the way, Brian

    • Brian Matiash Photography February 2, 2015 at 9:24 pm - Reply

      Thanks for always being such a force of encouragement as a friend and partner. You’re awesome, Katherine.

  16. Jim M. Goldstein February 2, 2015 at 9:21 pm - Reply

    Congrats Brian! I know you’ll find great success and satisfaction in your new endeavor.

  17. Jonathan Mitchell Photography February 2, 2015 at 9:23 pm - Reply

    Nice LE! I’m a huge sony supporter. Been with them since their first alpha series. Love what they are doing.

  18. Frank van Es February 2, 2015 at 9:27 pm - Reply

    It is not only a new chapter it reads like a pageturner. Have fun.

  19. Stuart Taylor February 2, 2015 at 9:30 pm - Reply

    Congrats Brian …. only by feeling uncomfortable can you grow …. Wish you all the best

  20. Ilene Hoffman February 2, 2015 at 9:31 pm - Reply

    I’d SO love to do a photo workshop with you; but I’m limited to the US. That _can_ be exotic! ;-) Great luck to you with the new company.

  21. Brian Bonham February 2, 2015 at 9:39 pm - Reply

    You’ll crush this like it’s a peanut butter pickle bacon burger!

  22. Kerry Murphy February 2, 2015 at 9:42 pm - Reply

    So so awesome, Brian. You’re making it happen and it made me smile for you.

  23. Brad Sloan February 2, 2015 at 9:52 pm - Reply

    You are going to crush whatever you set your mind to. Best of luck

  24. Heath Smith February 2, 2015 at 9:56 pm - Reply

    Am looking forward to what you bring to this world next!

  25. Graham Michael Freeman February 2, 2015 at 10:08 pm - Reply

    Amazing!! Congrats mate! Can’t wait to follow along as you tackle this new adventure. Looking forward to crossing paths again at some point

  26. Eduard Moldoveanu February 2, 2015 at 10:14 pm - Reply

    Brian, I’m confident you’ll do great on your new endeavor. Congrats!

  27. Karen Hutton February 2, 2015 at 10:34 pm - Reply

    Fly, my friend. Fly. :D

  28. Ricardo Lagos February 2, 2015 at 10:49 pm - Reply

    Very excited for you my friend

  29. Sanjoy Moulik February 2, 2015 at 11:18 pm - Reply

    Have always been inspired by your work since your onOne days. Wishing you all the best in your future endeavors…

  30. Johnny Pham February 2, 2015 at 11:31 pm - Reply

    Welcome to the PHAMILY…

  31. Louis Handley February 2, 2015 at 11:32 pm - Reply

    Good luck!! You can do it!

  32. Lauren Bath February 2, 2015 at 11:46 pm - Reply

    How did I have no idea this was happening? Huge news Brian, congrats!!

  33. Michael Bolognesi February 3, 2015 at 12:24 am - Reply

    Good luck on your journey Brian.

  34. Scott Wyden Kivowitz February 3, 2015 at 12:27 am - Reply

    So proud and happy for you dude!

  35. Gilmar Smith February 3, 2015 at 12:42 am - Reply

    Congratulations! You sure are gonna nail this!

  36. Colby Brown February 3, 2015 at 1:39 am - Reply

    You will rock it!

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  38. Carlos Molina February 3, 2015 at 3:01 am - Reply

    All the best!

  39. Dave Veffer February 3, 2015 at 3:04 am - Reply

    Full speed ahead!

  40. Rob Sylvan February 3, 2015 at 3:19 am - Reply

    Onward and upward!

  41. Steve DuPree February 3, 2015 at 3:23 am - Reply

    Brian you are living life good.

  42. Roman Kruglov February 3, 2015 at 3:34 am - Reply

    Very cool congratulations :)

  43. Susie Davis Newcomer February 3, 2015 at 4:17 am - Reply

    Congratulations Brian Matiash

  44. Juan Carlos Gonzalez February 3, 2015 at 4:30 am - Reply

    Congratulations on your new chapter Brian

  45. Michael Bonocore February 3, 2015 at 4:35 am - Reply

    Congrats Brian!

  46. Griffin Stewart February 3, 2015 at 5:05 am - Reply

    Awesome Brian! So excited for you and Nicole to both be on your own and working side by side. The sky is the limit!

  47. Sandy Foster February 3, 2015 at 5:20 am - Reply

    Big steps like this are scary. You are an inspiration in so many ways. CONGRATS!

  48. Brian Arsenault February 3, 2015 at 6:07 am - Reply

    Fantastic news, Brian. I’m really excited to see what new things will come from this new venture, but have no doubt that you’ll crush it and be super successful. All the best!

  49. Dave Wilson February 3, 2015 at 6:16 am - Reply

    Congratulations, Brian. I’m sure your new endeavours will be a huge hit.

  50. Steven Beal February 3, 2015 at 6:19 am - Reply

    Best of luck my friend – sounds amazing!

  51. Kelly-Shane Fuller February 3, 2015 at 6:39 am - Reply

    Good stuff Brian, if anyone can make it happen I’m convinced its you. Good luck and god speed sir!

  52. Cynthia Pyun February 3, 2015 at 6:54 am - Reply

    We expect to see you and Nicole soon, as you flourish with success in your new Ventures, Brian

  53. Karl Black February 3, 2015 at 6:54 am - Reply

    Wow, congrats mate! Well done!!

  54. Natalia Villalobos February 3, 2015 at 8:07 am - Reply

    Brian Matiash Congrats, onward, and with even more beauty!

  55. Candice Christensen February 3, 2015 at 8:51 am - Reply

    Best of luck to you, Brian!!

  56. Rosh Sillars February 3, 2015 at 8:59 am - Reply

    I wish you all the best. Looking forward to hearing about the next chapter.

  57. Gail Trunick February 3, 2015 at 9:13 am - Reply

    Congrats, Brian…Good luck in all your future endeavors!

  58. Peyton Hale February 3, 2015 at 9:53 am - Reply

    Congrats on setting forth into new adventures Brian Matiash! Keep on doing your thang :)

  59. Thomas Hawk February 3, 2015 at 12:10 pm - Reply

    Best of luck in your new ventures!

  60. Helene Cohen Glassman-DiVitale February 3, 2015 at 1:18 pm - Reply

    Good luck ! looking forward to seeing where your new adventure takes you!

  61. Ken Toney February 3, 2015 at 6:15 pm - Reply

    You have always done well, good luck brother!

  62. Patrick Mc Donnell February 3, 2015 at 6:40 pm - Reply

    Good luck on your new adventures!

  63. Brian Matiash Photography February 3, 2015 at 8:05 pm - Reply

    Truly overwhelmed by the kind words and well wishes, everyone! Thank you all so much! We just landed back safely in PDX and now the fun part of executing on strategies commences!

  64. Linjoh Caskey February 3, 2015 at 8:09 pm - Reply

    Will miss you remember us little peeyons when you do old trumps rite hand

  65. akismet-c7145fc8eec90897 February 3, 2015 at 9:22 pm - Reply

    Brian so excited for you. Congratulations. Looking forward to. Meeting you soon.

  66. Marc Weisberg February 3, 2015 at 9:32 pm - Reply

    Brian so exited for you. Congratulations. Looking forward to meeting you soon.

  67. Barbara Reyburn February 4, 2015 at 6:24 am - Reply

    Looking forward to your workshops Brian

  68. Jim (JW) Smith February 4, 2015 at 9:31 pm - Reply

    Fantastic, Brian! You were the perfect inspiration (lower case to avoid trademark cops) that got me to being a podcast addict!
    I just swore off workshops having gone on way too many that were disappointing, but luckily overpriced. ;)
    So maybe I!ll reconsider when your ‘shop info surfaces. I suspect that you’ll come up with some that might shift my thinking.
    So, does this mean Portland-based? If so, even better. Only 3 hours south here in Bend. Best of fortunes to you and Nic.

  69. Patricia Davidson February 7, 2015 at 8:14 am - Reply

    Congrats Brian! You are making it happen!

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