(Photo taken by Travis Levius)
Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorius triumphs, even though checkered by failure… than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.
…this should be written in every textbook, every religious text, in our sermons, in our classrooms, posted on bulletins in the workplace, framed in our home, seen across computers, television screens, and phone devices. Wishful thinking it may be, but I often wonder how dynamic this world could be if hundreds of millions more would start living in the triumphant path Roosevelt described above. While I can’t talk to the millions (yet), I would like to encourage you, reader and friend, to reflect on your life and your life goals, and determine if you’re trying to live your best life or the safe life. The safe life, 10 times out of 10, does no one any good; the best life, 10 times out of 10, impacts generations.
Which course will you choose?
This is what world-changing, spirit-lifting music sounds like.
(Accompanied by an IN-CREDIBLE video.)
Photos taken by Travis Levius
April 9, 2010 marks the 365th day of the pursuit of one of my largest passions- PHOTOGRAPHY!
Exactly one year ago, with a digital pocket camera in my hand and no technical knowledge in my head, I was inspired to do a photoshoot on some train tracks. With the help of my budding make-up artist/model friend Jasmine Pondexter and fashion-savvy pal Raphael Coleman, the day turned from an excuse to procrastinate from college assignments to becoming one of the most pivotal moments of my young life.
Though not a “birthday” in the practical form, April 9th is truly a day of birthing for my God-given calling. I am truly amazed how fast things have come to pass, and how my friends and supporters have held me up along the way- through encouraging words, prayer, key referrals, and even financial assistance when times were hard in recent months. I could make a list of the people that were there with me from the beginning but there’s not enough space on the blog for me to do so!
From hobby to credits on AOL.com, from Youtube.com tutorials to assisting world-renowned portrait photographer Dawoud Bey, from pocket camera to being offered to shoot legendary singer Gladys Knight, this period could not have been more unpredictable, thrilling, swift and- above all- satisfying.
As I write this piece, I realize how “impossible” my experience sounds. As much of a dreamer as I am, I most likely would’ve never believed you if you told me I’d be doing the things I’ve done within one year’s time…and I’m Continue reading
All images taken by Travis Levius
In a Nutshell:
August 2009- 4 Months into Pursuing Photography…
ONLY 1 Month of Owning a Professional Camera
I became the main event photographer for Bravo TV Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Deshawn Snow.
My entire summer of 2009 was spent researching photography skills and high-profile events in Atlanta. My eyes and ears were sensitive to any website, newsletter, magazine, or flyer that had to do with fashion shows, galas, or other events with upper crust individuals. One day in August, I picked up a small, complimentary Atlanta magazine that I never heard of (Connect) and read through until I saw a summer event listing with Deshawn Snow’s 2nd Annual Gala information.
As usual, I did extensive research to identify the coordinators and inquire about receiving a media pass to cover the event. My main intent at that time was just to be there and take photos for my own portfolio, and of course network with the movers and shakers in the city.
August 20th, the day of the event, arrived…and in the morning I received a phone call from the lady that granted me access to take photos of DeShawn’s 2nd Annual Night of a Thousand Stars Gala. She tells me how there was a mistake with the gala’s program because it had listed ME as the event’s main photographer/sponsor instead of just a media person.
A photographer by a different name was supposed to take care of the event and of course be appropriately listed in the program as the in-kind sponsor. However, she said, this could potentially work out because she hasn’t been able to get in contact with that photographer so she’ll have to consider him a no-show. And that’s when she uttered the words that sent me flying-
“Would you like to be the main photographer for the gala?”
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(taken by Travis Levius)
Fall Season at Emory University’s Backyard
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