The Process of Movement

I hate roller coasters. 

Alright, that's a little bit of an exaggeration, but I certainly don't enjoy them. When I was a kid, I was terrified of them. I grew up around Six Flags in Chicagoland, and we would go occasionally, and I would only go on one roller coaster that was probably the mildest in the park. (A step up from the flying Dumbo ride, but not much. Stop judging me.) 

I recently went to Michigan's Adventure and was somehow coaxed into riding their ride, Thunderhawk. Now, for some of you reading, that's not a big deal. You could ride that ride all day long and would enjoy every second of doing so...not me. This is how I felt the entire time riding it. 

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It felt like I couldn't breathe. I was not happy to be there. I didn't want to be there in that moment and would've liked to stop the ride and get off, posthaste. But the part that killed me the most was the climb...

I think God takes us on journeys and battles that are very similar to the feeling of being on a roller coaster. It's an uphill, slow trek to get to the point where God wants to take us. We're often caught thinking, "This is going way too slow." "Can we just get this over already, please?" or "I don't want to do this! Let me get off!" And then we get to the point of no return.

Life has felt like a roller coaster for me over the past few months. I've documented just how I've felt that in previous blog posts, but I wanted to talk about the feeling of the drop. The part where God's got me where He wants me now, the peak of the roller coaster climb, and has now released the chain and momentum has shifted. 

Photography has taken off. In the month of October, I had 12 shoots, which have been more than I've had in a whole year combined previously. I consider myself extremely blessed by this and thank you so much to the amazing clients I've had this past year that have allowed me to capture some truly special moments. Things are starting to slow down, due to weather, but I'm still booking shoots here and there.

The part that has felt like the chain has been released and I'm moving with unprecedented momentum is the podcast I started up earlier in October. For those who aren't aware, I started up a photography podcast centered around bringing people in the industry together to help us all become better at what we do. On the podcast, I facilitate conversations with a different guest each episode who provides insight, their expertise, and their experiences into certain topics. The amount of support and feedback I've gotten, 9 episodes in, is amazing. I've had the privilege to talk to some truly amazing photographers, who are insanely talented at what they do, and help people grow in their knowledge of how to run a photography business or think about photography differently. 

I have partnered with two companies for sponsorships and am always looking for more that will work well with the podcast's vision. But the part that has me reeling, as of late, is the guests that I have lined up to come onto the podcast and the amount of exposure that will bring. I have two people lined up, among others, that have over 800,000 followers on Instagram. They are photographers that are at the top of the industry and will bring an incredible amount of credibility. I also have some other incredible guests lined up who are going to be amazing to have conversations with that I will know will help people. 

I am up to 200 downloads per episode and it's continuing to grow. More and more people are starting to hear about the podcast and tune in. If you're reading this and know of a photographer, please share this page with them. Please help spread the word and get the podcast out into the hands of the people that it's truly going to help. 

Please continue praying for this journey I'm on! It's about to hit high speeds, I know it, and I can use the support and encouragement of those who know me. My goal is to be doing photography and this podcast full-time by this time next year and I'd love your help and partnership to get to that point. 

Thank you so much for reading this post. Continue to strive after movement...it's not an easy process, but one that is truly necessary.

Kyle Yates

 

Kyle Yates