Thank you for dropping in!!! Welcome to my photography travel blog. This is a place where I share my photos and short stories from travels and current locations. I also share photography tips, tricks, and go on some random rants!!!

I am a dreamer, an explorer, spontaneous, and adventurous. I will try anything once and probably do it again. I love to laugh and spread smiles. I believe in being happy and living in a happy world. I love animals and learn from them everyday, in fact I love animals so much I do not eat them. I believe in sharing, love, prosperity, and happiness for all. I believe we all have a purpose in the world.

I love to skateboard, ride motorcycles, drive fast cars, and of course photography. I love laughs over good food and a cold beer. My name is Edin Chavez and my philosophy of life is simple, smile, love and live to your full potential. Never look back and wish what you could have done, go out and do it!

I love to be outdoors and I love to take photos. I’m addicted to coffee, documentaries, blue cheese, hot sauce and of course traveling.

Are you still reading? Ok ok, Ill get a bit deeper…

Photo by Jaci Peña

Photo by Jaci Peña

So what brought me here? Where did I come from?

My entire life I have been kind of an odd ball, full of energy and a bit out there. I love working with my hands and I have a crazy imagination. I was never really good at academics, in fact I’m dyslexic and can’t focus for more than a fraction of a second on anything, specially on boring serious topics. My imagination starts wondering to very interesting places.

Fast forward to college, I only attended to please my parents, I hated it so much, I always felt like I was being punished, I did three years of this nonsense and one day I got up from one of my classes, left my books on the desk and never looked back. I will never forget that day, I was thrilled. One good thing did come out of college, I took a 6 month photography class that would change the course of my life.

Fast forward to adulthood.

Shortly after dropping out of school I started working in construction, painting houses, and I actually liked it a lot, I was always working outside, and I was working with my hands running up and down ladders, and guess what? I was really good at it. A couple years went by and I quickly realized that I could run my own show, like most of my life I don’t really like to follow, I like to lead. So I typed out a flyer, went to print shop and had 1,000 flyers printed. At this point I was committed, I started knocking on doors in wealthy neighborhoods offering my painting services to home owners, 99% of the time I got a door shut on my face, but never discouraged I kept on going.

5 years later I had my own painting business, 50 employees, a full office staff and I was one of the biggest non union painting companies in Northern Nevada. I was really, really good at what I did, I had scholars, and the competition come to my office asking for advice. I had made it right? I had more money than I knew how to spend, the house of my dreams, and every toy you could possibly image (well almost). But there was always something missing…

Photo by Jaci Peña

Photo by Jaci Peña

Every night I would get home and I was not happy, I was using all my energy to to run a business. Even though I was passionate about my business it was not making me happy, there was something missing, my creative juices were locked in in a basement somewhere. I needed to get out, I needed to find a creative outlet and unleash all my creative juices and energy into something that I loved, thats how photography found its way back into my life.

I left behind a multi million dollar business I had created, I left behind everything I had ever known, I left behind family, friends, and a really good life I created for my self, all to pursue a dream and happiness, but this time its for my self.

This was 6 years ago and I can tell you that it has not been easy and I have a long way to go, but this time is for the love of the craft not for survival. I know what is like to be a starving artist, but Im not afraid, I also know how to run a big successful operation. I love to take chances I mean whats the worse that can happen?

Since I started my photography career I have been all over the world, met some amazing people that have touched my life in the most positive ways, I have seen things that most people will never see and experience in a life time, so if you ask me I made the right choice, I am truly happy and better yet happy to have fond my calling, so yes, I made the right choice.

To me photography is not a job or a hobby, it is truly is my life., and I love every bit of it. Rich or poor, I will always take photos, nothing will ever stop this. Thats my life story in a few sentences, so thank you for stopping by and taking time to read a bit about me. If you wanna chat, Id love to learn about you, I’m sure you have a very interesting story, so drop me a line below and lets hang out!!!

Photo by @jaci Peña

Photo by @jaci Peña

Check out this really cool fun reel of some photo-shoots Ive done for previous clients.

Ohh yea I forgot to tell you, I love to take photos from kites, drones, quadcopters and anything that gets really high up in the air. I want to learn how to fly, if in the next life I get wings, I will be a very happy man. I am also the editor in chief for www.ShutYourAperture.com

Comments

  1. Hola Edin , qué fotos más chulas , si no es indiscrección qué cámara y objetivo usas, te salen genial , yo también estuve en Kaerala pero muy poco no recuierdo si dos o más dias
    Saludos desde eEspaña
    Soledad

  2. Hola , edin mi nombre es valentin, me Encanta la fotografia, no soy profecional, solamente me Gusta tomar fotos. Quisiera Saber si used da clases de fotografia. Yo vivo en miami tambien. MI esposa y Yo queremos aprender a tomar fotos. Gracias..

  3. Hie Edin,
    After reading your about yourself, include me in ur big fan list
    Like you even I’m dyslexic, can’t focus on anything, but when it comes to photography its like I can do it all day long.
    I had appeared for bacherlors degree in IT but flunked in final year. These days I’m into photography fulltime.
    I am very happy as finally I found my dream work “photography”, And for me too its not a hobby or job for me, photography is life for me, can’t think about anything other than photography.

  4. Love your story and you my friend are an inspiration to me! I remember the first time I saw your work on Facebook, you were one of the very few photographers that would help me out when I had a technical question about it. Thank you! :)

  5. great story! i recently moved to miami about a year ago. leaving behind everything i knew as well. i had a camera laying around forever and decided it was time to learn to use it. just passing by looking for inspiration and tips. thanks for sharing!

      1. that would be cool! i’m not as confident as i’d like to be though lol. still trying to get over that hurdle.

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