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February 17, 2009 | GOYA News

I was recently asked to do a guest blog post on Scott Kelby’s site. I had free reign to talk about anything I wanted to talk about. I took it as an opportunity to get off my arse and make something that was new and fresh for me. I decided I would do a video. I decided to do this for my wife, Meg, because she is always inspiring me to go beyond the normal stuff I create. She’s always pushing me. Sometimes it sucks because she knows just what buttons to push in me to make me think about things a bit deeper. So I took all of her button pushing and went out and made something of it.

Even if I had the money for a new 5d Mark II you can’t find one anywhere right now. So I decided I needed to keep it on the lo-fi, lo-budget flavor. I shot it with The Flip Mino HD. I even modified this little thing to give me a wide angle and telephoto lens. I’ll blog on that later.

EDIT – I’ve now posted the video above, as you can plainly see. I had no idea how much this would impact all of you! There have been over 10,000 views of the video in the first 24 hours. I’m glad that something I struggle with is not something I struggle with alone.

Coming up later today… (2/19/09) – A blog post about how I hacked my Flip Mino HD camera and a free download of Meghan’s song that is in the video. You can find her on iTunes under “Meghan Arias and Meghan Coffee”. This track in the video though has not been released on an album.* We’ll have it up soon for you!

Cheers, Zack

*Update you can buy it on iTunes now! You can find it here: Window


  • fredericksburg wedding said on February 17, 2009

    Will have to check this out, thanks for sharing, best to you guys!!


  • matt miller said on February 17, 2009

    holy shit zack….
    i feel like we are on the same page and you are saying the things that i wish i could come to terms with… thank you. you have put some things in perspective.

  • Deniss said on February 18, 2009

    Thought that I repeat myself here after commenting on you guest post.
    Thank you for your video! I got no more words, have to think all that you said through. Thank you once again, I really enjoyed watching it, as I did watching your awesome One Light workshop DVD.

  • heesoo said on February 18, 2009

    Just watched it… thank you Zach… God bless..

  • Dave said on February 18, 2009

    Great guest post Zack. The video was very moving and inspirational.

  • Glyn Dewis said on February 18, 2009

    WOW!!!. It’s been quite a while since something has moved me as much as this video has!!! Very powerful stuff Zack that left me motionless throughout.

    Do you know me? Are you filming my life? Am I living the Truman Show? cos everything you said echoed what I experience.

    Please, please have this video available on your blog/site or wherever possible so that we can watch it from time to time when we are having one of our ‘dark times’ and need to know that others out there go through exactly the same.

    Don’t know what else to say, but just awesome stuff … thankyou ;o)


    ps> Fabulous soundtrack by Meghan

  • Ron Carroll said on February 18, 2009

    Zack, the video was terrific. Thanks for putting it together. Tell Megan we all said thank too. You two are a great combo…

  • Mike C said on February 18, 2009

    That was one of the best post I’ve ever seen. You put your heart out, Thank you for that. I am sure that video spoke to so many shooters, established or upcoming.

    Please make it available as a permalink so we can watch it when we need a kick in the arse.

  • Eddie Ayoub said on February 18, 2009

    ive been in the dark.. and i havent even touched my camera for so long…
    this is truly going to be a turning point…
    i havent seen anything like this for so long…

    you said the words that were stuck in my head… i felt you were telling my story…

    thank you Zack for this wonderful strong message… very creative and inspiring…

    i will work hard to suck less… 😉

  • James Hill said on February 18, 2009

    I love the transition from sky to road… beautiful.

  • Craig said on February 18, 2009

    That’s an awesome video – truly remarkable. The intro was great, but the main part of it is brilliant. Thank you.

  • James Hill said on February 18, 2009

    I hadn’t finished watching the video when I posted the last comment, sorry, I knew that I would forget to mention it if i didn’t do it then.

    Amazing video, I love your statement about having the arrogance to think that you’d have figured it out by 36, let alone 56, I can remember when I was twenty-two thinking I had it all figured out, but that is what makes life interesting, the transformations are awesome.

    I’ve started a new website called I am James Hill, it’s portraits & short stories of the people who have made me who I am today, yesterday and the future. It’s a life project (ambitious) so hopefully it will evolve over the next forty years, something to look back on the transformations of my life.

  • andy stenz said on February 18, 2009

    thanks zach. that really hit the nail on the head for me.

    grace and peace,

  • Martin said on February 18, 2009

    F*ing awesome was my gut reaction and that’s not even beginning to be adequate. You hit so many cords in me I could cry. Thank you so much for having the talent and guts to say what I wish I could. You are an inspiration. Can’t wait to meet you in person. Watching my One Light DVD for the tenth time this month already.
    Thanks for your work.

  • James said on February 18, 2009

    Zack, amazing honesty. You connected. Wishing you the strength we all need to find at times in our lives.

  • Broch Gerling said on February 18, 2009

    I wanted to say thank you for the video that you put together for Scott Kelby. It inspired me to get my camera out, and head out to just take some photos. Thanks Zack!

  • Michael Palmer said on February 18, 2009

    A voice that resonates in us all!! It has to feel great to release all of that. I lost my Dad in 2000, say what you have to say everyday, he can hear you. Thanks Zack!

  • Jeff said on February 18, 2009

    AWESOME video Zack.

  • Jim Poor said on February 18, 2009

    Wow, just wow.

    Hey, guest blogs aren’t allowed to make me cry!

    Well done.

  • dewde said on February 18, 2009

    I’m speechless. The good kind.


  • kristie kulik said on February 18, 2009

    that was amazing. This was the perfect time for me to see something like this….THANK YOU.

  • Anne McGlynn said on February 18, 2009

    that’s really beautiful… thanks so much, Zach!

  • Jim Stone said on February 18, 2009

    Zach – Fantastic video! Rather than echo what everyone else is saying (I agree wholeheartedly) I’d offer that we often just need to get out of our own way and just do what we love. Of course I don’t make my living with my camera, although my wife thinks an expensive camera has some sort of commercial payback; but I try to keep grounded as a serious enthusiast and keep learning everything I can from you and so many others…big props to Meghan her music sounded wonderful…Thanks again

  • Brian R. said on February 18, 2009

    nicely done, Zack. no front, no pretense. thanks.

  • Tyler Colson said on February 18, 2009

    Simply Elegant. Thank you so much for sharing. The “how-to’s” are out there, but the heart of what we do, and why we do it is constantly lacking.

  • Mike Hall said on February 18, 2009

    I’m not a full-time photographer and I barely qualify as a part-time one, but I can certainly relate to your sentiments here. I struggle with this feeling in my IT work and dream of being able to spend more time being the camera.

    The grass is always greener…

    Beautifully done video! I’m now listening to Meghan’s music as I work, as it is beautiful as well!!

    My prayers go out for your father and family.

  • Melissa Lawler said on February 18, 2009

    I was so in a funk today, thank you for getting me out of it. You rock!

  • Deb Thompson said on February 18, 2009

    Amazing video, amazing message.

  • Ira Monko said on February 18, 2009

    Great video Zack. I know the feeling and needed the motivation. Thanks!

  • Antoinette Ledzian said on February 18, 2009

    A fellow photography friend linked me here. My only wish is that he and I could have watched this together, so we could catch each other’s tears. I hope your dad has seen this, because, through his eyes and your voice, he will feel what you say you still need to convey to him. It is the “journey” and “patience” is the continual roadsign along the way of the artist . . . and yes, “transformation” is worth the wait . . . at my age, I can vouch for that phenomenon . . . BLESSINGS and PRAYERS for you, your dad and precious family. To me, you are #1 on the TOP TEN list . . . not only with your images and skills to create this phenomenal piece of art, but with your WORDS. I’ve gotta log to your blog. BRAVO!

  • Michael Gowin said on February 18, 2009

    Zack–thanks for cutting through the cr@p. Your video and commentary were profoundly moving to me, a great reminder that there’s so much more that matters than a cool photograph. Again, thank you and blessings.

    (OneLight Indy)

  • peter bang said on February 18, 2009

    thanks for being so open with that video zack. so honest and raw. i love it. praying for you and your dad. i’ve been there…

  • carlos benjamin said on February 18, 2009

    Tell Meg to push more buttons…. Masterful.

  • phototristan said on February 18, 2009

    Awesome short!

    I had no idea the Flip Mino HD could do time lapse.

  • Martin Saint said on February 18, 2009

    What can I say, I’m speechless. Just pure class, stunning, wonderful. THANK YOU!

  • Jeannie Guzis said on February 18, 2009

    I can’t add much more to the other comments. Thank you for this video. I hope the best for your dad.

  • John Campbell said on February 18, 2009

    Very powerful…thank-you for sharing.

  • zack said on February 18, 2009

    @phototristan – The time lapse was done in Final Cut Express. I set up the Mino HD on a tripod and would record anywhere from 3 to 5 minutes of video. In FCE I sped those clips up anywhere from 800 to 1,000 %. If iMovie still had that function I could have cut it all together in that app but iMovie kind of sucks now. FCE is great.


  • phototristan said on February 18, 2009

    Thanks for the info./clarification Zack!

  • Brenda said on February 18, 2009

    As one that sucks and is trying, I appreciate a reminder that I will get better. This journey will take a lifetime, but I’m glad to be on it. Sometimes it’s hard to remember and keep it all in perspective when seeing amazing work coming from all round.

  • dani said on February 18, 2009

    THANK YOU for doing this. I’m just crawling out of a month of being sick and not being able to create ANYTHING. Super inspiring.

  • lmphoto said on February 18, 2009

    thanks for all you do.
    thinking good thoughts for your dad.
    i am one tiny part of the universe of togs (and others, i’m sure) that believe you are amazing.

  • Ben said on February 18, 2009

    Wow. Amazing. Although it made me feel worse about my life of punching and watching the clock…

  • James said on February 18, 2009

    Thank you for this. We are not alone. Keep up the pursuit.

  • Ben said on February 18, 2009

    Zack….if you’re reading this…..THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart.
    If somebody’s looking for a definition of the term “keeping it real” don’t look any further…..just watch his video:
    Zack….your words brought tears to my eyes.
    Thank you for expressing what really matters…you are truly inspiring.
    greetings from Hamburg, Germany,

  • Gailon Tucker said on February 18, 2009

    Just watched your video. Awesome message; got a lot out of it, but the music is phenomenal! Haunting voice, wonderful music, and it was like it was written for that video. I am now a Meghan fan.

  • Shaina said on February 18, 2009

    Perspective is so important – glad you pointed that out.

  • Stig said on February 18, 2009

    Zach, thank you so much.!!

  • Robert Coppa said on February 18, 2009

    Simply put … BEAUTIFUL !!

    Thank you for your insight and inspirational thoughts. So very true !!!


  • Lindsay Lee said on February 18, 2009

    Thank you.

  • Joe Reed said on February 18, 2009

    Damn Zack…that was truly moving and inspirational! You put things into perspective which a lot of people have a hard time with. I hope everyone who watches this is a touched as I am. Thank you Zack!


  • Mark Wilson said on February 18, 2009

    Well said Zach.


  • Henry said on February 18, 2009

    Finally 10 minutes which are worth to watch on the internet.
    Every second ist touching and moving.

    I have to thank you, you inspired me a lot und you gave me a lot of new perspectives on my way.

    In June I’ll be out of school (finally) and by your work and your style of life, I’m going to be a photographer.


  • kristi said on February 18, 2009

    I thought it was very insightful, and very well done. It is not what you might have expected when going to Kelby’s website, but it carried a lot of wisdom…….loved the part about not curing cancer. Many of us need to get over ourselves and realize the human interaction and the relationships we make and keep are what is really important in this life. If you’ve never struggled with self doubt, or never felt as if you didn’t measure up, this video will likely seem boring to you. For me, I have always struggled with not being ‘good enough’ and you can get consumed by it, so his words meant a great deal to me.

    Watching a parent fight a seemingly losing battle confined to a hospital bed can also push you to the depths of some serious self analysis as well.

    Thank you for this, Zach…..very much indebted to you for such an incredibly profound 10 minutes

  • Manuel Ribeiro said on February 18, 2009

    Very moving, touched me deep inside. It is all I can say with my minimalist English.
    Thanks Zack

    Hugs from Portugal.

  • JD said on February 18, 2009

    I dig you , man.

    thanks for reassuring me in some dark days.


  • Crash Taylor said on February 18, 2009

    One of the most inspiring pieces of art I have ever viewed. Well done Zack.

  • Jorge said on February 18, 2009

    Dude, with all the thousands of photography blogs out there I knew there was a reason I bookmarked your blog. Great video and even greater inspiration. Much thanks and honor.

  • Sean McCormack said on February 18, 2009

    Hi Zack,
    I commented on the Guest Blog post already, but I’m dropping in here to say thanks for the tech on the timelapse!

  • Anita Matejka said on February 18, 2009

    Amazing. Brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for being an honest human being and sharing what’s from your heart. I so related to it, and I’m so far from being as amazing as you, so it seems so shocking to think you feel this way.

    God has blessed you with an amazing gift, and I’m not just talking about your photography. Thank you for using that gift to bless others.

  • Sarah Hipwell said on February 18, 2009


    Wow just watched this video, certainly made me sit up, listen & now ponder…hope your Dad gets well soon.

    Kind regards


  • Christos said on February 18, 2009

    Wow simply amazing. The best 10 minutes spent online ever. Well said Zack.

  • james christerson said on February 18, 2009

    I doubt you will read this… But your work, your life, and your story above all else has really changed the way I work… I am becoming better friends with your friend Matt Martz, and I want you to know that your reputation as a respectable man follows you…
    thank you for that video, a great reminder, on a greatly dreary day, that our life too short to be about what is seen through the lens, rather then the life that is existing on the other side… (me trying to be profound)


  • Craig Ferguson said on February 18, 2009

    Great video Zack. Thanks for sharing.

  • john said on February 18, 2009


    I read your blog often but very seldom do I comment, I’m more of a lurker.

    However that video you posted on Scott’s site, was the most enlightening and inspirational piece I have ever seen. It literally gave me chills. Thanks so much for sharing your insight and thoughts, it was quite different from what I expected but a very pleasant surprise.

    Thanks for all your useful information you provide. You are an inspiration to us all!

  • Phil Thomas said on February 18, 2009

    Strong Post Zach and glad to see that my nagging of Mr Kelby to get you to write for him must have had some small effect :)

    Good to see you back to posting after the recent troubles you’ve gone through.

    All the best

  • daryl brewton said on February 18, 2009

    Thank you for baring your soul…you have made me look at my even closer.
    Beautiful. Just beautiful.

  • Kim said on February 18, 2009

    First I want to say, I emphasis with you and your family trying to cope with your father’s illness. It’s one of those things in life you never dream could happen to your family, when it does it’s like hitting the wall at 100mph.

    EVERYTHING you said in the video seemed like you were talking to me. Thanks for putting it all into perspective. I know my family is the most important thing to me but sometimes I get sucked back in to the craziness of business.

    Best wishes to you and your family!!!

  • Brittany said on February 18, 2009

    Thank you so much for sharing this – it is amazing on how many points I could relate.


  • Sondra said on February 18, 2009

    I cried. It is so comforting to know that we are at that place at some point. Thank you, you have no idea how much I needed that.

  • David Knight said on February 18, 2009


    Well said. Very moving work. Thank You.

  • Ken said on February 18, 2009


    Lament, lament. I get it. Take it from a self centered photo guy, you have high quality problems. You have photo skills that I dream about. Take if from a 62 year old guy. Your video was a swampy, navel-gazing “Oprah Winfrey” crap.

    You are better than this. The genre you did out dates you.

    The quality and creative “stuff in the video I only wish I could do, and I get it, its about cancer, which both my wife and yours truly have gone through.

    Oh my man Zack, please don’t be seduced to this video “introspective” “thing”.

    Please don’t take this personal or critical, you got to many skills to tip you boat in this bog..

    Most kindly
    Ken in KY

  • mkm said on February 18, 2009

    hands down the best 9:53 of my week.

    your honesty is refreshing, inspiring, and brought me out of long, LONG time lurker-dom to comment.

    so thank you. and thank you again.

  • jodi said on February 18, 2009

    wow, thanks.

  • Ben said on February 18, 2009

    Nice stuff!! I’m in the starting out “sucking” stage with 1 year of experience under my belt at 22 years old so its somewhat hard to relate to what you’re saying.

    Then again, I know that when I’m 35, I’ll probably look back and think to myself: “damn I missed out on so much”.

    Thanks for the message

  • Jamie said on February 18, 2009

    Thanks for sharing.
    Great Inspiration!

  • jayzee said on February 18, 2009

    any plans of coming out to California soon???

  • carrie scruggs said on February 18, 2009

    really enjoyed the video…thanks

  • zack said on February 18, 2009

    Wow. I hoped people would like this thing but I had no idea how much. Thanks everyone. I’m glad you have enjoyed it.


  • Nichole said on February 18, 2009


    Some of those words just took my breath away.

    Thank You so much for putting into words how so many of us feel. How comforting to know.

    Praying for you and your father, and that you may get to say all that you need to.

    Best Wishes,

  • Meghan said on February 18, 2009



    All I can say is…


    I can’t believe you would respond with this. Your comment makes absolutely no sense.

    Problems with high quality?


    His problems are OF a very high quality?

    Zack won’t respond to this because he’s too much of a gentleman but, as his wife, (who incidentally hasn’t gone through cancer, not sure what you’re on about there) I am signifigantly RILED by your very lame comment.

    Zack, honey, you can delete this if you think it’s best. I just had to get this off of my chest.

  • zack said on February 18, 2009

    Awww Ken. You done got the wife riled up. Thanks!



  • Carmen Sisson said on February 18, 2009

    Since I commented on the video on Scott’s website, I just wanted to say I recently bought the Flip Mino, too. I freelance a lot for Christian Science Monitor, and we had a series we wanted to do on the inauguration. Considering I had zero video experience, it turned out ok. What a fun little camera, low-tech enough to worry about message, not knobs and buttons. Your message clearly affected a lot of people today. Knowing it was made with the Flip encourages me to go out and do something with mine other than record interviews and my dog greeting me on my return from Washington. :-)

  • Rebecca said on February 18, 2009

    Beautiful piece, Zack. It’s like you gave words to my own feelings. And that music is devine. Did Meghan compose it, sing it, or both? Just beautiful.

    God bless you both from Australia.

  • Erik said on February 18, 2009

    The studio manager’s involved as well!!

    Ken, what genre are you referring to exactly??

    And if this is Oprah Winfrey crap I should really start watching her show. Looks like I’m missing out.

    Confused by comments,

  • zack said on February 18, 2009

    @Rebecca – Meg wrote the song and composed it. This is a recording with her band. Michael Westbrook on guitar and Noah Alexander on the organ.

  • sydney wedding photo said on February 18, 2009

    Great Video Zack.Was a little worried when my screen went black. Thought my screen saver had kicked in early :)
    As Rebecca says above – my thoughts as well. Patience is a virtue
    Thank you

  • Terry Reinert said on February 18, 2009

    Hi Zack,

    Amazing video. I think that the things you said really hit home for a lot of people; me being on of them.

    Thank you for putting this together. Now it is time for me to think…


  • Harry Arruda said on February 18, 2009

    Zack ….. truly amazing video! Inspirational !

  • Chad Pennington said on February 19, 2009

    Zack do me one favor, always remember “For every adverse situation comes with it, the seed of an equivalent benefit ” I stand I fall I mess up but every day we wake up we have another chance to get it right. – That’s what Jesus is Redemption.

    Thank for being who you are as a person and human being and also being a voice in our subconsious. Thanks Scott Kelby and the Team (Brad) for letting us … Nuff Said !

  • tim said on February 19, 2009

    great post Zach

    You got one thing wrong though…

    Cowart still sucks.

  • Chaz said on February 19, 2009

    We are all the same. Us legion of artists. Us legion of photographers, creators, and crazy minds.

    I loved the silly intro that led into a very serious reflection of myself and now I feel like I am a bit at a loss for what to think or say.

  • Sherri said on February 19, 2009

    WOW this was amazing – it really spoke to me – I’m just starting out but this is exactly how I feel –
    I’m going to watch this anytime I need a push in the right direction – This was so Inspiring – YOU ROCK !

  • R. S. Reitz said on February 19, 2009

    Thank you. You have expressed the artist’s struggle in a profoundly honest way.

  • Temple Hill said on February 19, 2009

    Enjoyed your blog/video, it was inspirational and an honest appraisal of what we face in life. Thank You for your inspiration, YOU and your family are in my prayers!

  • nkg said on February 19, 2009

    The fact we can wake every day in a world that lets us do suckey work and still be free the next morning is reason enough to keep shooting (or not). Having burned out in profession that is a long ways from photography, I find joy in what becomes your daily labor. I look at your work and think, cool. By teaching and inspiring others you leave little footprints, just turn around and look. Thoughts with you for your Dad. Talk to him, he hears more than you might think.

  • marta locklear said on February 19, 2009

    I posted on the video site so I will not repeat the same thing here…but Man…Thank you!

  • Mary Ann Sherman said on February 19, 2009

    What an amazing video You are an old soul for such a young guy. You’re absolutely right, you won’t have it figured out at 56. been at this for 30 years and it still bites my butt.The spirit of comparison is the worse but if we did not have it we would always suck. It keeps you on your toes. And I am blessed with a talented son who told me about you and who keeps me up to date with all that’s happening out there, like you.The metamorphosis in the photography industry has been amazing. Will keep your Dad and family in my prayers.

  • Danny Wilson said on February 19, 2009

    It’s nice to know that I’m not alone in the winter, and that I’m not the only one that sucks.

  • Trevor Morris said on February 19, 2009

    I’ve watched this video a few times now… What a refreshing, candid, honest, emotional, and thought-provoking piece of work. My sincere thanks, Zack!

    PS: Absolutely love the soundtrack, Meghan! I’m on iTunes right now… it’s Meghan Coffee, right? What is the title of the track from the video?

    Thanks both for sharing your talents!

  • Krista Photography said on February 19, 2009

    that was awesome, thank you

  • David said on February 19, 2009

    Zack, I wonder if you could estimate a total production time for the project. I think you have hit a very strong note with a lot of still photo artists.

  • Barb Deane said on February 19, 2009

    That was absolutely right on..very inspiring and keeps you on track…

  • Dave Nelson said on February 19, 2009

    Zack, your video makes me want to quit my day job and go be a full-time photographer right now! But I suck at asking for money and follow through, but I am working hard at those things now that I have identified them. Thank you for the inspiration.

  • zack said on February 19, 2009

    @David – I would say I spent about 2 afternoons and 1 evening shooting for the video and I cut it together over the course of 2 or 3 days. Probably have 15 or so hours of actual hands on work for this.


  • Jason said on February 19, 2009

    Dude … That was by far the best guest blog that I’ve seen at Kelby’s site. Your video was moving, insightful, and inspiring!

  • Teri L. S. said on February 19, 2009

    Perfect timing (for me) to view this video! It was like listening to the male version of me…and I have no idea what inspired this…
    a dying parent is the worst (went through it myself last year)…
    trying to be the best at what we are passionate about yet having enough self respect to know perfection doesn’t exist…
    wanting to share what we are passionate about with others who “get it”…
    God remining you of your gifts and inspiring you to use them in HIS name…
    For me personally I don’t care what inspired it…I am just sooooooo glad it was inspired!
    For me personally it was a harsh reminder of reality of an artist!
    For me personally it was a wonderful reminder of the life of an artist!
    For me personally it was something that brought me to tears!
    For me personally it was something that made me smile with contentment!
    For me personally it was something I feel every artist should view and review on a weekly basis!
    For me personally it was the best 10 minutes I spent on a computer since getting one 10 years ago!

    Maybe you would allow me to use it when I start speaking next year?

    God bless you and your gifted and talented wife!

  • Teri L. S. said on February 19, 2009

    Some unwanted advice (forgive me) With every visit to your father’s bedside you should say everything you need to say…trusting that he is hearing you…because when someone we love is no longer here on this earth we may regret not saying what was in our heart. There is no proof that spoken words cannot be heard in his condition…but there is proof that unspoken words will NEVER be heard!

    In Christs’ Love…
    prayers to you!

  • Chris said on February 19, 2009

    Zack! You stud! The statement you made is so, absolutely right on. I have battled those same demons many times, never knowing if I’d make it through. Thank you for putting it out there.

  • Kelly said on February 19, 2009

    Thank you for this.

  • Jill J. said on February 19, 2009

    That is the first honest thing I’ve heard in a while, and it was brilliant. So many of us feel that way and knowing we’re not alone is very reassuring. This gives me hope, thank you for sharing.

  • Ana Adams said on February 19, 2009

    This went straight to the heart.
    Thank you.

  • Jennifer Grant said on February 19, 2009

    WOW. Quite simply wow.
    As always, excellent execution. Your delivery cuts straight to the heart and speaks volumes of truth.
    Thanks for being YOU. Our prayers are with you & your family.
    Many Blessings & prayers to you & yours.

  • Mark Eric said on February 19, 2009

    Jeremy Cowart referenced this video in a message to us in Vegas last night. I logged in to check it out as soon as I got back to my room. Thanks for letting us know we aren’t alone. You continue to amaze me Zack, thanks for the inspiration.

  • Jen Stewart said on February 19, 2009

    Zack THANK YOU for making this video!! I turned it on and was also trying to get some office work at the same time, figured I’d multi-task. 😉 I was laughing at your intro………….. then you laid it all out and I was stopped dead in my tracks. You hit such a chord with me I was fighting back tears through the rest of the video. THANK YOU for sharing this!! Chris and I have been praying for your dad, and will continue to. Thank you for your honesty, and sharing that the funk Chris and I are in, we’re not a alone and to think outside of ourselves. I can’t thank you enough Zack!

  • jen downer said on February 19, 2009

    zach, you blow my mind. we are a lucky community to have you sharing your thoughts and knowledge with us.
    jen downer

  • Eugene said on February 19, 2009

    This video, in a word, is brilliant. The most inspirational and poignant expression I’ve heard/seen in months. Thank you.

  • Deborah Wolfe said on February 19, 2009

    I put my head in my hands and wept. Thank you. I feel ‘seen’ now. I do not feel so alone.

  • David Pullum said on February 19, 2009

    beautiful, very poignant

  • phil said on February 19, 2009

    Thanks Zack that was cool.

  • Anil Tohani said on February 19, 2009

    Wow, amazing….

  • Nelly said on February 19, 2009

    Thank you.

  • Laura Geraci said on February 19, 2009

    Just beautiful. Thanks for taking the time to put together something straight from your heart.

  • rowena said on February 19, 2009

    Zach, you are a wise man. Thank you for ALWAYS being real and always willing to share. It’s our flesh that makes us want to compare ourselves with others but when all is said and done each one of us has a purpose [we are each fearfully and wonderfully made] and the most important thing is to find that purpose and live it because as you well know we only have One we are accountable to.
    BTW, Love Meghan’s style.
    Please keep on doing what you do cuz we need more peeps like you in the industry. God Bless.

  • Kelly Reiter said on February 19, 2009

    Thank you for this, its good to know I am not the only one that second guesses their work. I have been in a FUNK since Dec and my workflow is getting behind b/c of it. I think now I can “get over it” and be proud. thanks again!

  • Rachael Kelly said on February 19, 2009

    Wow I loved that video brilliant. My father passed away last year 66 with a brain tumour. When we looked for photos of him I had taken only one of him when he was sick. I was so busy taking photos for other people I hadn’t been recording my own life. My nine year old son had picked up my camera and taken a photo of him and managed to get a smile. I stuck this on my fridge for a long time after he first died and it made me feel good. I hope you get to talk to your Dad again

  • HD said on February 19, 2009

    I had no idea someone else was living my life! Man, it’s been a dark dark winter. I had to stop checking the news on my iphone before getting out of bed because it’s always so grim ON TOP of the crummy photography winter deep dark blues…
    LOVE LOVE LOVE this video — and congrats to your wife for kicking your butt to create this and for having creativity to pull it off.
    Love you, man :-)


  • irving said on February 19, 2009

    Nice video, but did I hear that correctly? You used the word Jarvis in the same sentence as the word Avedon…? Say it ain’t so. Sorta invalidates everything.

    EDITOR’s NOTE – As also posted on Mother Mary’s comment – I’m sorry you aren’t a Jarvis fan but he is an amazing photographer with a heart for this industry as large as they come. The amount of time, talent, and resources he pours back in to all of us is overwhelming so I’m going to be quick on his defense. Not that he really needs it. :)

    I’ll allow the comment through because we are all entitled to opinions about photographers, but yes…. I put Chase right up there with Avedon. In the history books, they will be peers.

  • Karen Evans said on February 19, 2009

    It’s like you were in my head! Awesome video, definitely. And can’t wait for the download of the song – it was killer! Thanks for all you do!

  • Mother Mary said on February 19, 2009

    I can’t believe I heard Jarvis and Avedon in the same sentence. I enjoyed the video until I heard that comment.

    Chase is no where near the level that the others are on, that is a disservice to all of them.

    Otherwise, amazing video and I enjoyed it.

    Mother Mary

    EDITOR’s NOTE – I’m sorry you aren’t a Jarvis fan but he is an amazing photographer with a heart for this industry as large as they come. The amount of time, talent, and resources he pours back in to all of us is overwhelming so I’m going to be quick on his defense. Not that he really needs it. :)

    I’ll allow the comment through because we are all entitled to opinions about photographers, but yes…. I put Chase right up there with Avedon. In the history books, they will be peers.

  • Kelly Bailey said on February 19, 2009

    Thank you Zack!

  • Ian said on February 19, 2009

    Hi Zach,

    Just wanted to say that I very much connect with your sentiment. I’m alot earlier in this ‘career’ than yourself (even though I’m the same age as you!) but I find it hard to see the line between inspiration and imitation. I suppose it’s more about getting out there and just working hard.

    Anyway, my thoughts are with you and your family. Hope your dad pulls through.

    Thanks for sharing this video.


  • Rene Skrodzki said on February 19, 2009

    Wow, this is certainly one of the best blog posts I have seen anywhere.

    I watched it and I felt as if you were speaking right to me.

    The words are so powerful and really speak to the heart of what many of us feel and are just too chicken to lay out to anyone including ourselves.

    Thanks for having the balls to say what we all feel.

  • Colin Michael said on February 19, 2009

    I’m really bad about keeping up with what other people are doing but I am so glad I watched this video. That was one of the best things I’ve seen in years, thanks Zack!

  • Jayme said on February 19, 2009

    Dude- you really spent that much money on sticks????

    Just so you know your onelightworkshop was a turning point for my photography. Thank you!!

  • nick said on February 19, 2009

    I admire your candor.

  • liz said on February 19, 2009

    the video was interesting and well fitting with the mood and word. most importantly, brilliant collection of thoughts well delivered not only by word choice, but the way it was verbally delivered. very moving and inspiring. i loved the part about having a voice and about finding the sunshine spots in life unique to your life (i.e. coffee with wife, see boys’ activities during the week) despite the fact that you have some hard winters in the mix of life.

    this was a timely thing to read for me and I imagine everyone as no matter what you do in life, lots of these thoughts apply to an field of work. brilliant.

  • mannedspace said on February 19, 2009


    I’ve been told I don’t suck from people that don’t buy anything which means I have to have a day job…

  • Ian Brodie said on February 19, 2009

    One word. THANKS!
    This is an inspiration. If I could award you an Oscar I would. The best video I have seen for a very long time – you hit the nail on the head.

  • Chris Stewart said on February 19, 2009

    Zack, this is by far so good and hits a chord with me its not even funny. I was just about brought to tears watching and listening to you talk. Its great to see a photographer at your caliber be totally and completely open and honest. Not alot of photographers would be that open i feel. I was actually in that state of depression like 3 months ago and with the busy-ness of life with a photography business, 4 kids, a loving wife, and a day job on top of that and the stresses that come with all of it, we too just about closed up shop and were so ready to hang up our cameras for good and be done with it. This is on our blog to share with others as well, and we are still praying for you, your family and especially your dad in the hospital. Thank you for sharing once again!!!

  • Don Rollins said on February 19, 2009

    Hi Zack,

    I truly enjoyed your video. I got here from the Paul Buff forum. As I punched the link from the original poster, I noticed a reply comment below the original post which said: “Great, as if I’m not already depressed enough”. I started the video wondering what I was about to see. Wasn’t expecting what I experienced.

    It was great, and the music really added to the mood. My son’s highschool has a motto: Success is a journey. That’s how your video came across to me. I have always felt that no matter how bad it is, tomorrow is another day (sorry Atlanta native).

    Anyway, thanks for the video. Sorry to hear about your dad. My dad had Alzheimer, and he didn’t know me or respond, but I always talked his ear off. Every now and then he would smile. I took that for a response. So, don’t wait to talk to him. They seem to hear more than we think.

  • danny linton said on February 19, 2009

    that truly was touching! you got such talent!

    Ikea sucks 😉

  • Peter van der Steege said on February 19, 2009

    Wow i am speakless. This is really a great video. Whish there were more photographers so honest to themselves.

    DIGG this video. I’ll RT this one.

  • Elizabeth Alraune said on February 19, 2009

    I was wandering the electronic pathways of the internet, and somehow found myself here. What a gift. I just posted about this on one of my pages, and said that even though you are speaking on photography, there is a message here for anyone who is in a place to hear it. Even if it was a personal piece, thanks for sharing, as it’s the most personal that seem to speak volumes for others (as you can probably tell from the reactions you have received).

  • hampshire wedding photographer said on February 19, 2009

    What can I say that has not already been said, this video put life into perspective. I wish you and your family well.

  • Ken said on February 19, 2009

    Hi Megan,

    Thanks for your honesty. I really love it. My wife is always going to bat for me.

    Though I don’t know you guys, Zack, you got a a pearl of a wife. Sounds like you married up my man.

    I was afraid someone might take offense at my comment, and thanks Zack for not taking it down, but if you had, that would be cool too.

    My intent was to offend you or Zack, but my sense is that you both like candor and honesty (within reason).

    In my experience and working with others, I see a lot of artist to into lamenting far to much, its just my view.

    As my wife points out to me, my views are mostly wrong or intensive hurtful.

    Truth is, I am not a balanced guy, sort of a black/white personality. I do pray for the gray zone, I just don’t see it.

    Again, kind regards

    Ken in KY

  • Tim Jackson said on February 19, 2009

    Just wanted to ad one more Thank You! I can really relate to this on so many levels. Great job!

  • Gary Ferguson said on February 19, 2009

    Amazing…just what I needed to hear as I come out of the winter slumps. Speaking as a photographer that is still punching the time clock to help pay for the passion..thank you for the word of encouragement.

    I hope I can attend a workshop someday soon…

    God Bless!

  • Broderick said on February 19, 2009

    This SO speaks to me right now. Amazing film, thanks for sharing. Praying for your father.

  • Marmalade said on February 19, 2009

    Omg, Zack, it’s like you read my mind. The last few years winter has been filled with morose thoughts. Worries about the nature of my art. Worries that I lack as an ARTEEST (snort) and worries for my parents. I sat my husband down and he said this was eerily familiar, you’ve crawled inside my brain and pulled out my thoughts and feelings on the nature of MATTERING in an industry flooded with talent. Talent so far and deep and wide it is almost suffocating.

    Good luck to you in getting through and being able to speak to your dad again. I worked as an ICU nurse for a long time (>10 years) and I’ve seen some amazing things happen and I hope that in your case that it’s possible. However if you get anything else from this please know that as a nurse, many of us believe the very last thing to go is the ability to hear your loved ones. Talk to him. Talk a lot. Tell him everything you need to/want to and everything you don’t. Talk to him. You will never regret it and chances are he will hear you.

    Much love for all that you do. You’re the real deal Zack Arias.


  • Christian Nordkvist said on February 19, 2009

    I really need to know how you made the Mino HD go wide angle!!

  • angelique said on February 19, 2009

    thank you. i actually feel like picking up my camera again. I may even pick-up my film camera, where my passion all started.

  • David Burke said on February 19, 2009

    once again Zack, your ability to be authentic is priceless. thank you for being a voice for ALL of us that struggle the same way. If I was there, I would hug you and Meghan. You both are incredible artists, that I am happy to know. Still praying for your father buddy. Thanks to Meg for yours and her prayers on my facebook (for my wife Bridget) today too.

  • Kerry said on February 19, 2009

    Absolutely moving — and it spoke to me right where I am right now! Many thanks!!

  • Amanda Wilcher said on February 19, 2009

    This is without words. I cannot justify a single utterance of how moving and thought provoking this was. I am so thankful for this. Thank you for being real.

  • Don Rollins said on February 19, 2009

    make that what does Your comment is awaiting moderation.” mean????

  • jim traeber said on February 19, 2009

    Thanks. A beautiful reminder of what’s important. Family first. Working at what you enjoy has become at best, an often unrecognized blessing. At worst, a curse of self-indulgence. Art lives in all endeavors, but is seldom acknowledged… including curing cancer as I learned from 30 years of late night discussions with a dear friend whose passion and art was cancer research.

  • Mike Boehmer said on February 19, 2009

    Thanks for the vid, Zack. Well made and inspiring.

  • Liss Sterling said on February 19, 2009

    Thanks for can-opening your brain. It takes real guts to be real. At first, I felt depressed listening to how depressed you get, but then I felt comforted knowing we all feel this way from time to time and that it’s ok, and that it doesn’t make us less, it’s just part of the process of growing. Thank you.

  • Liss Sterling said on February 19, 2009

    And I’m so sorry about your dad.

  • Rich C said on February 19, 2009

    Already commented on Kelby’s site, but wanted to pop by here and say thanks for the great video and guest blog! Hit on so many levels. Passed it along to everyone I know….

  • Angie Feehan said on February 19, 2009

    This is one of the most moving and amazing videos I have EVER seen. It is so dang fitting that I am sitting here crying, for so many reasons! What a talent you have to speak what so many of us have been feeling!! Your father is in my prayers as well sir!!! Amazing job! Thanks for the amazing tears!!!

  • Darryl said on February 19, 2009

    That video may be one of the best sermons I have every witnessed.

    It was more than a video it seemed to me to be a philosophical piece asking us about our existence.

    To paraphracse (I might be a little off) and they were naked in the garden, but the rhetorical question seemed to be

    ‘Who are you’

  • Darryl said on February 19, 2009

    That video may be one of the best sermons I have ever witnessed.

    It was more than a video it seemed to me to be a philosophical piece asking us about our existence.

    To paraphracse (I might be a little off) and they were naked in the garden, but the rhetorical question seemed to be

    ‘Who are you’

  • tracyL said on February 19, 2009

    i was ready to hang it all up this past week
    i had hit a wall, and a breaking point…literally ready to drop the ball everywhere…didn’t care about my clients and the effect it had on them or the effect it would have on my family and income…just ready to go into hiding forever…sell my camera sell it all

    then someone linked to this blog post on twitter
    and I became curious…I watched it

    thank you
    thank you for reminding me of my passion, thank you for reminding me that i really don’t suck…
    thank you from the bottom of my heart

    my prayers and thoughts go out to you and your family…It is the best that I can give you in return for the wonderful gift you have given me without even knowing it

  • Benji Laney said on February 19, 2009

    Wow… I feel so…. Wow…
    I don’t know what to say other than it is great to know that I am not alone. Wow…Thank you! You are a man from which I can learn much, in more than one respect. Only living 2 hours away I am going to have to come shake your hand sometime.

  • Charise (Photography By Charise) said on February 19, 2009

    WOW…just wow!

  • Kevin said on February 19, 2009

    Wow, I’m floored.

    I suspect you’ll be busier the rest of the winter. And next winter, and the one after that, and so on.

    I don’t know you or your dad, but … just talk to him, no matter whether he can respond, you’ll really kick yourself if you don’t make the effort and I think a father knows, you know?. Best wishes for his recovery!

    Fantastic work Zack!

  • Jason Trabue said on February 19, 2009

    Great post man, however…
    how can you mention Cowart in the same sentence with Avedon? Cowart is remarkably overrated.

    EDITOR’s NOTE – First there were a few Jarvis haters. Now Cowart? He’s a genius. As I said earlier, I’ll allow these comments because everyone is entitled to love or hate photographers but I will defend the one’s I respect. And Jeremy is high on my list of respectable photographers.

  • Ken-Not the one who riled the wife said on February 19, 2009

    Thank you. Every now and then, something comes along and just resonates. Your work did that. Anything else I write would just duplicate all those who have already posted so eloquently here. When do we get the tutorial on the Red Chair and the IKEA sticks? My best to you and yours.

  • Taylor Jones said on February 19, 2009

    Hey Zach, Good insight, but seriously…
    Chase Jarvis is a hack business man, who spends way more time being a hyped-up seminar-giving cool internet guy, instead of pushing the envelope with his photos. He and Jeremy Cowart do belong in the same sentence…
    “Jarvis and Cowart will not be remembered.”

    EDITOR’s NOTE – Sorry, Jarvis and Cowart deserve respect. They work their asses off, give back to the industry, and produce great work. As if I need to defend them. Again, I’ll allow these comments because we can love or hate or be apathetic toward anyone we want to feel that way towards.

  • Leanne said on February 19, 2009

    Thank You Zack! Wow, that was more inspirational and motivating than any photo pod cast I’ve ever watched. I feel like I will sleep better tonight knowing that I’m not the only photog with these thoughts always rolling through my head! Great work,cheers

  • Emma Smith said on February 19, 2009

    You probably have no idea the intensity that video just made.
    I am truly at a loss for words…

    I must echo the above posters sentiments… do talk to your father, I truly believe that words are always heard. I am sure that he is so very proud of you. You are simply inspiring.

  • Wes said on February 20, 2009

    Damn! I know we have never met in person but I am a local Atlanta wish to be photographer. I follow your stuff religiously because of the knowledge you are not afraid to share. My dad is really sick in the hospital and the video hit really close to home… more than anyone will know.

  • Chase Jarvis said on February 20, 2009

    Zack. You nailed it man. We’re all humbled.

    Simply brilliant.

  • Kourosh Azar said on February 20, 2009

    I’m not going to go into a deep and meaningful about how inspirational and touching this video was. Others have done it more eloquently than I ever could.

    However, I do want to say a deep and heartfelt Thank you, and wish you, your family and your father all the best.

  • Melanie said on February 20, 2009

    thank you for creating and posting this!

    it felt like you were talking to me… i’m so in my beginnings and i so think that i suck and keep asking myself… why am i not that good like others? and why is it so hard here in austria to make into the business?
    here the job “photographer” is very… how can i say… you have to go through a lot of stuff and pro photographers here are like a community that lets no one in who is different. someone who is trying to get into the business in another way than they did, esp. when you’re mainly self thaught and if you did not attend the schools that they did – they always want to make you feel you’re an outsider. you’re not welcome.

    but yeah, I have to be patient… maybe when it’s harder to get something it’s gonna be even more worthy in the end…

  • Thomas TC said on February 20, 2009

    Thanks you so much. It hit so many strings with me, that I ended up crying till the snot flew.

    Good thing I’m working from home today.

    I just showed it to my wife, who’s a pastor, and her only comment was “Nice, little video, but I do that every day”. Yeah, she can be kind of a hard@ss. She has to – because she does this every day.

    But I think she’s right – your message is universal, but it hits so hard for a lot of us, because your speak the language of a photographer.

  • Bogdan-Andrei Ailincai said on February 20, 2009

    Thanks for this lesson of “photography” and … life. This movie went deep into my heart.

  • Lou Horton said on February 20, 2009

    How wonderful that an exploration of your own discomfort can bring so much comfort to others.

    Irrespective of where we sit on the suck – godlike scale, and irrespective of whether we earn a living as a creative, it’s a good reminder that no challenge is as great as our own desire to be the best we can.

  • Tibor said on February 20, 2009

    Just – in tears – thank you…

  • Marc Melling said on February 20, 2009

    excellent piece of work, well done

  • Clint( not Clint eastwood) said on February 20, 2009

    i sucked before this;
    i still suck after this;
    but, like you said;
    im on my way….
    thanks so much for helping me to get back what i first got into….my camera must tell a story….my way.

  • Andrew Thurman said on February 20, 2009


    This is an amazing work of art. As someone who has been shooting for less than a year, who can’t find the time to learn as much as I would like, this is encouraging. Your work is amazing, yet there is still room to grow for all of us. Thanks for the perspective.

  • kerry harrison said on February 20, 2009

    glad i am not the only one in tears.

    moved, completely.

    humbled, utterly.

    grateful, totally.

    and hopefully as of tomorrow, more chilled.

    this video has changed my whole way of thinking. before i saw this, i was in turmoil, tormented by my camera. i picked it up with dread. i had lost the initial passion. and the editing.

    tomorrow i have a client session. i am going to try to have fun. not worry about the locations and focus and exposure. but let in the light. in more ways than one.

    thank you.

  • kerry harrison said on February 20, 2009

    sorry, i meant to say that the editing was another obstacle course…

  • Inti St. Clair said on February 20, 2009

    You speak the truth. Real. Honest. Beautiful.
    Thank you.

  • aparmley said on February 20, 2009

    Zack – I can’t say anything that hasn’t already been said. This was a powerful video. watched it at Kelby’s, watched it at Jarvis’, watched it here. Kick ass man. Best of luck on your way man.

  • Ron Montgomery said on February 20, 2009


    OMG. When you talked about the winter funk, I could seeing you talking about me. I pull out my camera to try something (anything), but the vision just does not seem to work.

    This is truly talking from the heart. It was dark but the message was so good.

    Thank You

  • Shara Lana said on February 20, 2009

    Wow, awesome. I am always so inspired by yours and your wifes thoughts. The way you are able to put them to words is such a gift. I am truly thankful that you take this gift of yours and allow God to make it SHINE. I love you both dearly for the people you are and for sharing your BEAUTIFUL lives with us. God Bless Always!
    Shara Lana

  • Billy Hogarth said on February 20, 2009

    Great vid, deep and thought provoking …


  • shane said on February 20, 2009

    This was a punch in the gut for me. Thanks for sharing yourself, friend.

  • Rich Delboccio said on February 20, 2009


    WOW. What a powerful video. Thank you so much for sharing this. It was OUTSTANDING!


  • Just Another Girl With a Camera said on February 20, 2009

    I am so incredibly moved by this. I can’t even begin to express how very much your video resonates with me. You have moved me to tears, made me think, and allowed me to feel hopeful for the first time in a very long time.

    Thank you for being brave enough to tell a truth that so many of us know but haven’t the courage to acknowledge. I’m deeply grateful.

  • Hasse Linden said on February 20, 2009

    Just want to thank you for this amazing video. Made me stop and think about certain things in my life.

    Hasse Linden
    Stockholm Sweden

  • brian Palmer said on February 20, 2009

    Zack, that’s some realness! Great job with the video, I feel you 100%. Thanks for putting it out there the way you did. Meghan’s song was perfect for the piece as well.

    B –

  • Nicolas said on February 20, 2009

    Thank You… can’t find more words…

  • shawn collie said on February 20, 2009

    thank you zack….you put into words what so many of us think all the time. especially now with the economy at an all time low and with lots of us struggling to keep shop open. i hope you and your family are doing well. your words and thoughts are inspiring..and motivating to say the least. thank you for having the guts to be this open and honest with all of us.

  • Jason said on February 20, 2009

    A few days ago I wrote a miserable, navel-gazing, thankfully private blog post about how I’m a total hack and have no business holding a camera or any other creative tool.

    Over the years I’ve seen and read about ten billion books, websites, seminars, etc. about art and photography. This is the most important and inspiring one I’ve ever seen.

    — Jason

  • Quentin Guillory said on February 20, 2009

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! that was amazing. you hit a nail on the head with a sledge hammer. you busted a grape with a steam roller. GREAT GREAT job.

  • Bill Cawley said on February 20, 2009

    Hey Zack – amazing. – I hope you don’t mind I reposted it on our blog at – The way you choose to share yourself and your passion with the world leaves me speachless. Thanks.

  • Judith Augur said on February 20, 2009

    Zack, As a designer I too go through the dark tunnel and wonder if the light will ever shine again at the end. Thank you for putting into words, images and music what many of us experience as we struggle to produce worthwhile creative work. Like you, I am blessed and grateful that I can work for myself–it’s a rare gift that pays me in ways far beyond the meager stipend I earn in dollars. My best wishes to you, and all of us, for continued success and the ability to pay the rent! Judy Augur

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  • Doug said on February 20, 2009

    Man, thank you. From an enthusiast who is a hack… you’re the real deal.

    Such simple ideas yet a timely and profound reminder…

  • Peter Walker said on February 20, 2009

    I didn’t know of you or your work until about ten minutes ago. Just another link, a blog, to go with all the rest that I bookmark but don’t read- my ‘photo’ links that reinforce my professional self worth. That I’m a Photographer and I’m connected to better Photographers and therefore I’m on their level.
    Thank you for making this. I get it. I need to see this every time I think I’m all that, or not all that.
    Happy I found you, Zack.

  • Jeremy Sale said on February 20, 2009

    Not to be a knob, Zach, but it’s “free rein”, not “free reign”.

  • Jamie Bosworth said on February 20, 2009

    Thank you….typing through tears.
    I am 57 and it doesn’t seem much different than when I was 36….winter still comes every year.
    Only now I know that time is shorter……have lost many voices in my life so I have to listen to my own.
    It says to get up and show up every day.
    Make pictures….if only for yourself.

  • Mark said on February 20, 2009

    Wow, if there was an award for blog posts….. well, there is no point in anybody else making one the rest of the year. This one is the best I have seen. Perfect on every level.

    I am too afraid to search my soul that deep. I don’t know how you did it, but thank you.

  • Jonny said on February 20, 2009

    Wow… just wow. One of the most powerful and personal pieces of work i’ve seen in a long time. A documentary of the soul. Thank you for putting this together, it hit me deep.

  • Mark Christensen said on February 20, 2009

    Me too Zack. You don’t know me. But me too.

  • Ryan Smith said on February 20, 2009


    Thanks for sharing this video and your personal story. I think as photographers we often forget how lucky we are to do what we do.

    Whenever I feel like I suck, I take a look back at some of my work when I first started and I realize that even if I still suck, I’m a hell of a lot better now than I was then.

  • Natasha Whiteley said on February 20, 2009

    thank you Zack, beautifully done video with a great message to share!

  • Bruce DeBoer said on February 20, 2009

    I love this. Hope you don’t mind if I share it.

  • Gary / Select Models (SoCal) said on February 20, 2009

    OK… THIS was the motivational ‘bootintheasz’ that I needed. No more mediocrity… no more procrastination. Father time is flying by WAY TOO FAST to worry about all the trival distractions in life… who the next love interest will be… the constant comparison of my work to others… or my struggle for acceptance within the ranks of my peers. I’ve visualized the success of those who’s skills are far beneath mine… and I’ve came to the conclusion that they’ve seen your video motivational video before me. Thanks for the gut-check Zack… for I’ve known for a few years the direction I should take… but I never visualized the importance of how little time I had left to do it… until I saw that clip of your father in the hospital bed. WOW… your video has shown me my pathway to salvation and the light at the end of the tunnel. Mad props to you my friend… much thanks and God bless you!

  • Amber Chudy said on February 20, 2009

    Thanks so much for that. I’m just starting out, I bought my first camera 13 months ago. I was really encouraged because this is how I feel right now, spending all this money on my art and it’s not turning out as good as I want to be. The part I scribbled down when I was watching it was,

    “Learn. Grow. Have dark days. Persevere… Transformation takes time. It really is worth the wait.”

    Thank you for that.

  • Shutterslam said on February 20, 2009

    Fabulous video and important message…thanks for helping us keep things in perspective.

  • Enrique Aguirre said on February 20, 2009

    Thanks Zack, you just gave me fuel to keep going for the next 40 years

  • Julie Lim said on February 20, 2009

    Very strong words and messages you shared with us. Thank you and cheers!

  • Tom Benedek said on February 20, 2009

    Beautiful. And true. Great feeling. Great teaching.

    Thank you, Zack. So much.

  • Tom Benedek said on February 20, 2009

    All best to your dad and his loved ones.

  • Natasha said on February 20, 2009

    Ohh, winter, the cruelest month. I don’t know why I worry so hard trying to be original only to find it feels so good to know that somebody else feels just like me. We want to be unique in our exquisitenss and just like everybody else in our misery. Fantastic piece.

  • Virginia Photographer said on February 20, 2009

    Rip my heart out! That film resonates soundly here in this household. The gloom of winter shows a crack now I know I’m not the only one. Great film terrific narrative. ..Err -I need a studio so I can funk out in it – leave the world behind and grow as a photographer.

  • A said on February 20, 2009

    That is very insightful and hits a cord deep inside me. We shouldn’t forget what is very important to us.

  • Petrus said on February 20, 2009

    Zack, what you said is so true. All of us experience this.
    Can’t wait for your next video.

  • Brian Khang said on February 20, 2009

    This is so honest and real. Thanks for making an awesome video!

  • ANDREAS said on February 20, 2009

    Zack. I found this on
    It takes balls to say what and how you said and put it on the net. Good for you. that was great!!!! i’m going to be showing this to my photographers – very well put!!!
    I loved the part about “some of you suck” – that’s awesome, as was the “the real top 10 photographers”.

  • therese said on February 20, 2009

    Thanks for this Zach.

  • Bob Lazzarini said on February 20, 2009

    What more can I say that hasn’t been said already.
    Thanks for sharing.

  • Mands said on February 20, 2009

    Thank you so much for this video! This year the winter has hit in the summer…and our peers tell us we are doing it all wrong…so this made us cry and realise that is okay to forge our own paths, to go to the depths and see what is lurking there…to shoot for us..

  • Chuck Carver said on February 20, 2009

    Thanks Zack, Like everyone else both here, at Scott Kelby’s site and Chase’s blog, we needed to know that we are not alone in feeling the “funk”. You put it very eloquently and with such honesty. Thank you.

  • Albert Normandin said on February 20, 2009


    Well done and obviously speaking to many many of us……

  • Kris Leigh said on February 20, 2009

    Wow Zack! Just WOW! I have no words but THANK YOU! :-)

  • Tamera said on February 20, 2009

    Thanks for this. I understand completely.

  • Willie said on February 20, 2009

    Hi Again from downunder in OZ,

    Awesome message.

    Thank you Zach and thank you M.

    How to get things in perspective, eh? Don’t use a PC-E lens, just consider the message in this vid.

    Thanks again,

  • Jonathan said on February 20, 2009


    My heart ached when I was watching that. Everything you said in there struck a chord. I admit, I’m one of those anxious young photographers. In an age where everyone says we need to have the latest and greatest or purchase their whatever to be good…thank you for being the voice of honest wisdom.

  • Penny Smith said on February 20, 2009

    Thankyou for this great video.

    I do feel very blessed to be able to do what I love while still being able to spend most of my time/days with my daughter…

    I have bookmarked this page so I can come back and watch this video in Winter (I’m from Australia)…


  • Rasmus said on February 20, 2009

    I loved this. You really hit home with it – damn near brought a tear to my eye. Thank you!

  • Robert said on February 20, 2009

    209 comments; over 10,000 views..accolades..why? We are all members of the same club. The company of others suffering to improve, to excel, to make a statement, to acknowledge our art, self-fulfillment, perhaps recognition by other for our effort (while we are still alive). I may be a rank amateur, but I can call you “brother.”

    The is mostly in my head. The gestalt was … art!

  • Kevin Halliburton said on February 20, 2009

    Wee bit of a tear in the corner of my eye at the moment. Man, that hit a place really deep inside that needed to hear your voice today.

    Thank you!

  • Scott said on February 20, 2009


    That was a great video and does say volumes in more ways than one. The music was awsome and complimetns the video extremly well.

    I saw this link to your video from the – Albuquerque/Santa Fe Social Group.

    All I can say is well done.

  • Matt Pavel said on February 20, 2009

    Hi Zack,

    It’s not you, it’s just that your “Dobby” goes on vacation in the winter. Check it out:

    Tons of other great stuff on that site too.



  • Muzz said on February 20, 2009

    Hey Zack – beautiful work in every respect and your wife is amazing.

    Can I just say, as far as saying things you need to say, there may never be a “right” time, but while there is any time, say them. You never know, they may make all the difference in the world to your dad right now. I struggled with the burden of things that remained unsaid after my dad died – you can deal with it and move on eventually but oh how I wish I had sucked it in and just talked to him while he was still here.

    Good luck with that and the ebbs and flows that have got you where you are.

    Thanks, Muzz

  • Craig Blank said on February 20, 2009

    Profound work. This vid means a lot to me.

    Love & Bass

  • Steve B said on February 20, 2009

    Beautiful, I’m Speechless.

    Thank You

  • RobertV! said on February 21, 2009

    Wow. Just Wow.
    I’ve seen this twice now. It stopped me in my tracks each time. My thoughts turn to, nothing. Just nothing. I’ve sat here for the last ten minutes just thinking about how I need to get out more, take part in the world. I can do this with my camera, or without. The video is both depressing and inspiring. The message it contains is important to everyone, not just photographers.

    All the best to you and your family. Let’s hope things work out well.

  • Sharon said on February 21, 2009

    I can relate. We all float down here.

  • Ales said on February 21, 2009

    Awesome, man! Just …… awesome!

  • Matt Hall said on February 21, 2009

    Dude, I know you don’t need another reply to this post, but I am amazed that someone finally said what everyone is thinking. Your video hit home with a lot of us. You seem to have a passion to help others dig deeper. Keep it up man!

    P.S. Are you going to the One Seminar this year? Be sure to bring Meghan this time :)


  • Ronald Tibbs said on February 21, 2009


    You have absolutely no idea how much I needed this video right now.

    I’m grateful you have Meg to push those buttons; as it would seem through you she pushed a couple of mine.

    My thanks to both of you for sharing your talent with the world. You’ve just cured a little “cancer” in my soul.


  • Stefan Holt said on February 21, 2009

    ditto. enough said. inspirational dare i say motivational. time to go look in the mirror…again. much respect for putting yourself out there as an artist and as a person. many of us can relate.

  • student of something scientific said on February 21, 2009

    i just wanted to thank you..
    that story made me weep and cry, yet at the end put a silly smile to my face. it really does help hearing youre not alone – thank you!

  • Diana H said on February 21, 2009

    I didn’t read all the posts to this but wanted to say thank you. Thank you for revealing your vulnerabilities, thank you for opening yourself up, thank you for letting me know I’m not alone in feeling this way, thank you for helping me see the reality of my life and situation, and lastly, thank you for laying the seed of hope.

  • Jeremy Harris said on February 21, 2009

    Thanks Zack.

    I’m pushing 40, still am feel very much like you described at times. But the work still comes and I just moved to NYC after 19 years in SF.

    Life is good.

  • Stacy said on February 21, 2009

    Thank you. I wish I could say more, because thank you doesn’t seem enough. Truly thought it was just me with the feelings of not good enough, winter depression, spring awakening and to busy to breath summers…turns out that was just my ego feeling alone. I don’t need to re-evaluate, just work harder at being me and less at pleasing everyone else. A special thanks to your wife, her song combined with your narritive truly touched me to the core.

  • Ben said on February 21, 2009

    Nice to be reminded that though we all struggle alone, we also all struggle together. And many of us have great lives amidst the struggle. :)

  • Megat Ibrahim said on February 21, 2009

    I chanced upon your vid in a news article circulating in my online art community. I thank you for making this video and inspiring a whole new generation. Thank you for not only choosing to see but also for allowing others to benefit from you sight…

  • Cindy Faith said on February 21, 2009

    Hello, I had a couple of gut busting howls watching your vid. The dark depression, the self pity, and the seemingly, at the time, never feeling like my music, art, life, work is enough. Strange how we are connected in our thoughts, and how we struggle. This is something that we never get out of; the struggle. The tug of war with ourselves.

    Thank you for a beautiful video and entertainment. In my humble opinion, this IS incredible art. Glad I found you.


  • Dawn said on February 21, 2009

    Thank you. Thank you SO much.

    And thank you to your wife for pushing you….for us.

  • Millie said on February 21, 2009

    Thank you so much.

  • Luis A. said on February 21, 2009

    Spot on and beautifully done!

  • Ivan M said on February 21, 2009

    Thank you Zack. Very inspiring and thought provoking.

  • Sharon said on February 21, 2009

    Hi! I found this amazing piece of art work, in a posting on I think that this is such a common feeling between all artist and their work. What are we doing, why are we doing it, why am I not as good as the next guy. I have sucked, and on some days, I still suck. I have learned that taking a bad picture, teaches you that you are not perfect.. humbles you. I am no where near the photographer/designer I aspire to be. I am self taught on mechanics, which make my job a lot harder. It is a hit and miss everyday! But I embrace the struggle.

    On a second note, Atlanta’s gray winter is such a depressing place. I feel ya totally on that aspect!

    This film is amazing! It is so cold. I love the end as you work the sky. The one transition from rain to road is breath taking. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and images with the world. You make young artist like myself, want to work harder and continue to embrace the struggle. Inspiration is always hard to come by and I thank you! (sorry this is a book)

    Here is a great quote by one of my fav. photographer.. Diane Arbus

    “I never have taken a picture I’ve intended. They’re always better or worse.”

    Sharon Wheaton
    Alternative Life Photography & Design

  • MaiKa said on February 21, 2009

    Thank you so much!

  • daniel said on February 21, 2009

    wow – so moving. thanks so much for this

  • ashley said on February 21, 2009

    thank you.

  • csj @ID7 said on February 21, 2009

    You are me!, except for one thing. I still have a chance to Say everything I need to say to my Dad.
    And for reminding me!, I thank you and also for puttin this personal message online. Best video I’ve watched in the last 2 yrs.
    CJ @ID7

  • Matt Thomas said on February 21, 2009

    I was left speechless after that Zach.

    Fantastic video and it felt like a warm reassuring hug. Exactly what I needed. Thank you.

  • Lauri said on February 21, 2009

    I have to comment now that I’ve come back to watch this…how many times? I thought I was the only one struggling through all that. Wow was I ever self-absorbed! Thank you. :)

  • Sarah S. said on February 21, 2009

    I saw this short film on another blog and loved it!
    I touched on a lot of my own feelings about my creativity.
    My day to day life while kicking cancer’s ass

  • Bryan Mitchell said on February 21, 2009

    G. damn Zack!
    Like Chase said you nailed it.
    Thank You!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I now know I’m not alone.
    Bryan Mitchell

  • Aleshia Lamelle said on February 21, 2009

    A photographer peer shared this link with our Flikr group- Life Changing! Thank you so so much. I lost my mother in 2000; she hadn’t spoken since 1998- but I know she heard me. So speak to your father and tell him what you need him to know- he hears you. I appreciate you putting yourself- No, all of us- out there like that. I heard my thoughts coming out of your mouth. Thank you for letting me know that I am not alone. Thank you for telling me I suck. Most of all thank you for telling me it’s okay to “own” it… for now! God Bless your gift!!

  • John Buffin said on February 21, 2009

    That was amazing. Makes me really think, what the hell do I want to shoot? and will it matter?

    Great stuff. Thanks for sharing.

  • Tommy Peterson said on February 21, 2009

    I found watching this video made me depressed at first. I can relate. I’ve been shooting people day in and day out for ten years and feel that sometimes I just want to quit. I feel that sometimes when I see new photographers they don’t know what is ahead. I think that photography for most is this thing that it’s not. I feel that most see it as a way to fulfill this passion they “think” they have. But while it can be a passion, sometimes by fulfilling that passion and doing it over and over and over and over and OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER, you start to hate it…

    I feel that you are there. But then you realize that you do love it. I think your point about the winter being a depressing time is also a time of much needed rest and breaking from this thing called our passion. It hurts but we need it. We may lose our minds otherwise.

    I am glad to know that I’m not the only one who feels this way. I find it helpful to know that this is common.

    Your thoughts on life and what’s important, that’s real. That’s real and too many people think fulfilling their dream is so important that they ignore what’s really important in their lives… Their families, their kids, their wives, their sanity, their health, their souls, their relationships… If you think about it, this is the worst kind of selfishness. Doing something you love so much because you are trying to fulfill a “passion”.

    Thank you Zach. I appreciate you being real about this ridiculous inordinate need to be involved in photography. It is okay to be involved. It is okay to have a passion for it. But the reality, it isn’t LIFE, Photography isn’t life. If it is, then you have no life…

  • Educated Savage said on February 21, 2009

    Thank you.

  • Melody said on February 22, 2009

    Thank you.

    Thank you so much. The timing of this could not have been any better for me. I have just spent the weekend sitting next to my daughters hospital bed mulling over life.

    We spend so long sweating the little things that we completely forget about the big picture.

    You are amazing Zach. You have helped to reignite the passion for every single person that will come across this post.

    All the best.

  • saicode said on February 22, 2009

    Thanks for this great video Zach!
    It holds true not only for photography but everything we do.

  • Roger Overall said on February 22, 2009

    Thanks so much Zack.

    You have no idea how much some of us needed to hear that…

  • Bill Anderson said on February 22, 2009

    Zach, seems ridiculous to tell you how great you video is after reading all of the comments, but it is. I loved your shots of the clouds, trees and skyline, use of b/w and the amazing haunting quality of Meghan’s music. If it isn’t obvious to you, you should blindly follow your instincts and make your art all about what you feel. Seems everyone is waiting for someone to stand up and say what they really feel instead of what they think our culture wants to hear.

  • Gordon said on February 22, 2009


    That was a pretty inspirational video. I was out yesterday shooting and I had hit that wall myself. I am not someone who usually has that happen but I just felt like all I did and have done is pretty crap. You’re video really cheered me up! which is weird as it also made me cry…..

  • SimonB said on February 22, 2009

    Zach, hello from Perth, Western Australia. I found your ‘Transform’ video via the POTN photography site and I’ve just watched it as I am about to go to bed.

    Thankyou… Sweet dreams are in the offing.

    Well done…

  • Flippin Eck said on February 22, 2009

    That is a beautiful, strong and thoughtful piece of work which will touch anyone who lives to create, even if they have to do a 9-5 for the time being. None of us must give up. Patience is letting the seed germinate, put down roots, throw up a small green shoot. Some of us have in us something that takes a long time to germinate. We need simply to tend to it, water it carefully, allow it to grow. Even when that first hint of green pushes through we still need to be patient and not rush at it. Patience and grace in all things.

  • Andrea Recla said on February 22, 2009

    Wow…Maybe you should quit photography and become a videographer! What a powerful video…and honestly you have the perfect voice for it. And what amazing music. The whole time I was watching it I was thinking “how did he find such perfect music”? Your wife is crazy talented too…I will definately be checking out more of her music!! Thank you so much for sharing, I will definately be passing this on.

  • Lisa said on February 22, 2009

    Thank you.
    For every word… and the faith and inspiration to keep trying.

  • Mark said on February 22, 2009

    Zach! Thank you! Your film is inspirational, motivating …and for me in particular… truly liberating! Your insights into photography, into art, into the artist and into life itself are truly profound! I feel empowered! My deepest hopes and regards for you and your Dad. Thank you once more and God Bless!

  • Nick said on February 22, 2009

    Cheers Zack,

    Incredibly Inspiring.


  • Krista said on February 22, 2009

    Your message from the heart rings universal to all artists, yet the movie was a personal reflection of you and your life, and that is what made it truly beautiful.
    Journey on, and thank you for sharing.

  • Amir Ali Mohebi said on February 22, 2009

    Zack, that was great, the things you said, music and video, everything was graet and I’ve inspired a lot.

    Amir from IRAN.

  • Bill said on February 22, 2009

    Zach –

    I almost never stay with a blog, or a video to the end. Yours had me transfixed througout. Thank you.

  • Laurie said on February 22, 2009

    Thank you for this.

  • Joe DuPont said on February 22, 2009

    Wonderfully done introspective examination. I applaude you for taking stock of your situation. The really hard part is putting what you know is right into practice because of all of life’s pressures. At 53 I can assure you that time moves on and you don’t get it back. I would do plenty of things differently but all one can do is move forward as best you can.

  • Nichol Krupp said on February 22, 2009

    Your video blew me away completely. I had tears in my eyes as I watched and listened to what you had to say and how much of it is exactly the cycle of my life year by year as a photographer and an artist. I am always struggling between the shots that pay the bills and the shots I want to do. I always have personal projects in my head that I wait and wait to complete or even begin. Sometimes I find that happy medium where I am paid for both. Nonetheless, I am moved, I am inspired, I am enlightened and once again renewed. I thank you for that. I look forward to hearing more from you.

    Best! Nichol

  • Scott Eyre said on February 22, 2009


    what a wonderfull video.
    Im just checking if its ok to put your video on my blog with a link back to your site.

    Its a truly inspirational video

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  • Amber said on February 22, 2009

    I just wanted to let you know that you are not alone. It has been a long, hard winter. With the cold temperatures, i’ve spent a lot of time comparing myself to the work of my peers, knowing i’ll never be able to create that shot. Or at least thinking i’ll never be able to. I just wanted to say, that it is comforting to know that I’m not alone in this personal struggle. And for that, I’d like to thank you.

    The best of luck to you, in all that you do.

  • Jens said on February 22, 2009

    Hey Zack,
    thank you for this movie. you tell my right from the heart!

  • Dan said on February 22, 2009

    Just adding to the chorus. Lovely video which i totally sympathise with.

  • Alfred said on February 22, 2009


    Thank you! thank you! and thank you! Motivating indeed.


  • John Moon said on February 22, 2009

    This is a thought provoking piece…something that stirs you or challenges you. Content is king here…nice work Zach.

  • Melanie said on February 22, 2009

    Zach–thank you. Thank you for seeing my soul…and for so eloquently putting it into words. I cannot express how accurate and appropriately timed this commentary has been for me. Seeing someone with your incredible talent and vision going through the same struggles as myself is humbling…and will forever change my perspective. Thank you for putting yourself out there–for being real, and for encouraging all of us to keep on creating in our own way.-Melanie

  • brenda said on February 22, 2009

    So incredibly moving. Thank you so much!

  • Russell said on February 22, 2009

    Zack, After watching this, I was speechless, I just emailed it to my Wife and ran in to the room she was in and said you have to watch this.

    My Wife and I have both at one time or another made our living doing creative work. You so nailed the Cycles that we all go through. We both kept nodding in agreement with you.

    Your amazing honesty is rare and refreshing and that is what makes this video truly stand out.

    We thank you for making this film, and thank your Wife for pushing you.

    Its obvious that both of you are great artist.

    Best Regards, R and Z

  • Justin Oliver said on February 22, 2009

    This is a masterpiece. Not sure exactly why but It made me feel really great about myself and there is something to be said for that. I also teared up a bit towards the end. This is important and I hope tons of people get to see it.

  • Christina Sandberg said on February 22, 2009

    Hey Zach! We’ve never met, but you’ve been a source of inspiration to me for quite some time. Thank you for sharing this. I posted a link to this on my blog… I know so many others will benefit from seeing this! Thank you for your willingness to be so open! God Bless!

  • Kevin said on February 22, 2009

    this was great.

  • Mike Styles® said on February 22, 2009

    As I revisit this site daily to seek guidance in my search of becoming a better photographer and learning how to use studio lights I get really inspired by this video. I came across your blog when i was in Iraq. Needless to say you have kept me going. I would have never came home and bought the Canon 5D Mark II. You can find it easier at Thats where I got mine but it doesnt come with the kit.

  • Greg Avakis said on February 22, 2009

    Sometimes its not the image but the common struggle that makes one great.

    In the great depression, nobody ever mentioned how hard it is on the human spirit but we all know this too will pass.

    I would like to extend a hand of friendship, at least on twitter we can connect.=)

  • J E said on February 22, 2009

    thank-you for this. make more of these!

  • Alan said on February 22, 2009

    Any chance of a download friendly version of this video? I’d love to have it on my iphone or when I’m offline to help with those days.

    Or anyone know how to download/save the videos?


  • Alan said on February 22, 2009

    Never mind… found it at

  • H said on February 23, 2009

    Thanks, occasionally someone bangs a nail square on the head. I’m a tv cameraman feeling shit because sometimes my work isn’t steering where I need it to, feeling that I don’t have a friend to rely on, when all the time I have the moves and the technique and people still like my work. It’s nice to know its only a virus and not something full blown!

  • Garry said on February 23, 2009

    Thanks for this video.
    A great perspective check.

  • Craig Forster said on February 23, 2009

    This is my first time to your site, and I’m sure glad I came across it. That was a fantastic video.

    Thank you.

  • Darwin Young said on February 23, 2009

    That was amazing! At one point almost pulled tears!!!! WOW!!

  • bob towery said on February 23, 2009


    While you may move to self-doubt from time to time, you have to know that there are hundreds of people, like me, that have been helped tremendously by the OneLight workshops.

    Since I hated on camera flash, I had no ability to light a scene.

    After the workshop, I totally kicked butt at a wedding, and the lights have changed my photographic life.

    Keep the faith, things will continue to get better for you.


    ps: Berkeley, in Spring 08.

  • Chip Johansen said on February 23, 2009

    Mondo cool, definitely buzz worthy. From the heart to the heart!

  • Wouter Brandsma said on February 23, 2009

    Thank you so much for posting this. This is unlike anything you see on a photography related sites. A great insight.

  • Kevin Camp said on February 23, 2009

    Perspective is everything. Thanks for the video and your candid thoughts.

  • John Smith said on February 23, 2009

    This was just the tonic that I needed. Sometimes I wonder why people like my work and I have the gall to think that it is because they don’t know anything about photography. This little gem of a film makes me think that they know more than I do. And since I know that I know nothing, I have a universe to learn about. Thank you. Now to work…and with that beautiful song in my mind…

  • Eric Vardy said on February 23, 2009

    Thank you sooo much for this , i feel like a weight has been lifted off me!

    much love and prayers
    Eric :)

  • Chris nagy said on February 23, 2009

    nice video.. thnax for sharing

  • Randy said on February 23, 2009

    You ay it so well—-It is all about the journey !

  • Shelly said on February 23, 2009

    Well done and Well said.. Stay inspired even on the dark days!

  • Sharon said on February 23, 2009

    Thank you for this. It was very timely for me. Sending good thoughts for your dad and your family.

  • Jus said on February 23, 2009

    thank you so much, I needed it – it was like a good talk and I am happy to have listened.

  • RichS said on February 23, 2009

    Wow, that really spoke to me. I posted on my blog today that I’ve been struggling to be inspired.

    Nice work, and music.

    See you on the other side.

  • Larry said on February 23, 2009

    not sure if you realize how powerful that was. Thanks.

    Thoughts to you, your family, and your Dad….

  • Laurel said on February 23, 2009

    That was great, I needed it, and thank you.

  • Alan said on February 23, 2009

    Extraordinary. One of the best things I’ve seen and heard in a long, long time.

  • Simon Mott said on February 23, 2009

    Thank you so much for this. Slowly I have been feeling like just creatively constipated and this has truly an inspiration. Much blessings, Sunshine and warmth to you from The beautiful islands of The Bahamas.

  • leigh said on February 23, 2009

    Beautiful, absolutely stunning.
    Thank YOU

  • Ashley said on February 23, 2009

    Thanks for being real. It is refreshing.

  • Mark Tisdale said on February 23, 2009

    oh wow, this was was incredible… It really spoke to me on a lot of levels. The winter blues hit me like a ton of bricks every year. The feelings that I’ve accomplished nothing, the waste, but your comments that hit me most were about the path you’ve chosen and what it means to you… As someone who’s punching that clock every day, I know what you mean about that choice…

    This was kind of rambling, but I just wanted you to know I needed this right now… thanks and best wishes!

  • Zendaze said on February 23, 2009

    You are now where you have always been headed. Keep going to be where you will be, again, again, and again!

    The process never ends, it’s a journey, not a destination.

  • Janine said on February 23, 2009

    I have watched this 3 times now, and no doubt will watch it many more.
    It makes me think about what is important to me in my life, at this moment.

    Thoughts and blessings to you and your family :)

  • William Coyle said on February 24, 2009

    I cannot say how much I needed to see that video and how much our life’s are on the same rail road tracks right down to out father issues..Thanks for sharing.

    Your family will be in my thought

  • Charles John said on February 24, 2009

    Zack, this is a powerful introspective that just so happens to be universal.

    I feel we know a lot about eachother and you’ve articulated what that is.

    Many thanks to you, your wife and your father.

  • Frank Nuernberger said on February 24, 2009

    Thank you Zack!

    working on an assignment for money means that there are people out there who value what we do. If you’re a good person and give your very best at creating meaningful images for your clients, you do create an enormous emotional value for your client.

    Whenever we compare ourselves to the Michelangelos, Caravaggios, Cartier-Bressons, or Nachtweys of this world, we tend to forget what we already achieve for our fellow beings.

    Nevertheless, in striving to get better, in trying to get into the same “ballpark”, we will help to preserve the memories of our clients and friends. If we should succeed – once in a while – to deliver those memory triggers in an artful way, we should be grateful that we can lead such a life.

    Thank you my friend

  • Steve said on February 24, 2009

    This movie blew me away. I have watched it 4 times since yesterday evening. The images are suberb, the music perfect but it is your words that make this.

    A request: my wife,coincidentally also called Meg,is a profoundly deaf visual artist. I really want her, and if possible others, to see your words.

    If this is not possible I fully understand and will transcribe it myself, obviously without publishing.

    Thanks again for something wonderful.

  • Christine said on February 24, 2009

    It just goes to show what can happen when you let down your guard, open your heart and invite others in for a look at the real thing! Beautiful! Thank you for the inspiration and encouragement…though I must admit…now, I really feel like a hack! :) Man, is winter over yet?

    PS…sending love, prayers and healing thoughts your dad’s way! I hope you get to say what you need to say!

  • Jason said on February 24, 2009

    Thank you Zack, for putting words to my feelings, that I can’t even come up with.

  • Michael said on February 24, 2009

    Amazing. You have left me speechless Zack…

  • Christie Mumm said on February 24, 2009

    I needed this today, you have no idea how it has helped me, thank you for sharing your heart with us. I am encouraged to know I am not alone in this “winter funk” thing!

  • jesse chamberlin said on February 24, 2009

    you just blew me away. thank you for being so clear with the simple truths.

  • Tasha said on February 24, 2009

    Wow. That was truly amazing. We have spent the last few months job hunting. Throwing in the towel and looking for a 9-5 that will just pay the bills. But you inspire me to keep trying, keep learning and keep going.

    I am shaken by how dead on you are about how we all feel through out the year. How we go from 100 miles an hour to a dead stop. You nailed it dead on. Thank you for making us feel like we aren’t alone. Sometimes I think we forget that we are artists… I think “emotional roller coaster” is part of the definition.

    Beautiful music. Just perfect.

    Thank you both.

  • Desiree Durang said on February 24, 2009

    Honesty truly resonates with the world. Thank you for giving a piece of yourself to us. That was so inspiring and encouraging.

  • Ramiro said on February 24, 2009

    Zack, it is amazing how you inspire people. You are one of the photographers that I look up to, not only as an artist, but your heart as well. And here my friend, your heart poured out for the enrichment of us all. Thank you for doing this. God Bless You and all your family.

  • Sean Galbraith said on February 24, 2009

    Zack, thank you from me as well.

  • scott chester said on February 24, 2009

    watch out zack… i’m coming over to give you a hug! thanks for sharing, i really needed this.

  • MIchael Pina said on February 24, 2009

    WOW Zack i had no idea how i felt and the position that i am in. I just got laid off and have been really thinking of what is next. Your thought and devotion are very much appreciated. I am now going to go home form this sucking job and enjoy my time with what i love to do-thanks so much.

  • nathaliewithanh said on February 24, 2009

    By the time I got to the end, I had completely forgotten how hilarious the beginning was. You funny! You totally need to work on your wardrobe though, like, seriously. :-)

    Really cool and well-thought out! Added to the blogroll immediately!

    Special mention to the wife with the angel voice… although your voice does not suck either.

    The part about your dad was tough to watch. :-(

  • zack said on February 24, 2009

    @nathaliewithanh – New wardrobe? I’m rockin’ the Listener’s hoodie!

    Nothing is cooler than this hoodie. :)


  • Dylan said on February 24, 2009

    Zack, thanks very much for this amazing video! The very best for the coming year!

  • John said on February 24, 2009

    This was or is fantastic… amazing insight and a lesson on appreciation.

  • Ade O. said on February 24, 2009


    Not even sure where to start…

    Thank you.

    Thanks for such an invigorating message. I haven’t been shooting for long, but I love it with a passion, and sometimes I feel the way you described in your video….like I just plain suck.

    Thanks for reigniting my afterburners, dude.

    God bless,


  • Becka Knight (Studio222 Photography) said on February 24, 2009

    Thanks Zach! This was inspirational, funny, and honest. You are constantly uplifting.

  • Julie said on February 24, 2009

    I saw this on another site which directed me here. This video is outstanding and says so much that needs to be said. I’m just starting out and experience so many frustrations. This video really puts things in perspective. Pure brilliance. Thank you for your words and for sharing!

  • Terry Arsenault said on February 25, 2009

    Zach it’s so cool to hear someone else talk about appreciation for what we have and the freedom to do pretty much what we want. Our frustrations at searching for the next great shot can cloud our perspective at what 99% of the world population goes through everyday just to survive. This video comes along and reminds us to truely appreciate the profound fortune we’ve been given simply by being born in this great land with the skills to survive or exceed where others must punch that clock -something I’m sure was never in their dreams. Thanks again for this most excellent video!

    cheers Terry

  • sarah ketelaars said on February 25, 2009

    Thanks so much for making this! It really spoke to me. And your wife’s music is wonderful too.

  • Kristina said on February 25, 2009

    Your video is perfect. You’ve voiced sentiments that many of us share and could not find words for. Thank you.

    from someone who sucks…

  • Jeff said on February 25, 2009


    Thanks Zack… I needed that.

    Now off to punch in and wait for my 30 minute lunch…

  • Sgian Dubh Qajaq said on February 25, 2009


    Thank you. I found that astonishing, inspirational, emotional, honest & replete.

  • Ricky (RLP Graphics) said on February 25, 2009

    I never thought in a million years that some one would feel the same way i do… its mind blowing and i truly relate… honestly much respect and my heart goes out to you and your loved ones.

    Ricky J. Hernandez

  • Wayfaring Wanderer said on February 25, 2009

    Your words most definitely struck a cord with me as well…..this is truly a treasure I am glad to have stumbled upon……Right now, I feel human.


  • Pete Marovich said on February 25, 2009


    Just wanted to say that your little movie is a wonderful piece of inspiration. I have embedded it in my “hobby” website and linked to it on David Allan Harvey’s Burn Magazine. All photographers or really any artist should spend some time with this short film.

    Great job.

    Best wishes to your father.

    Pete Marovich

  • Enio Tavares said on February 25, 2009

    Hi Zack,

    I’ve just saw your video and can’t think of anything more appropriate to encourage people than you said.
    I do not have a great way as good as your video to thank you.
    But is nice to see that the transformation need is inherent to most of all and that I’m not alone with this dilemma.
    Being so far from you and your buddies at US (I live in Brazil) I couldn’t think of something more close to my reality than you said.


    it really made my day.

    Enio Tavares.

  • Amanda Dahlgren said on February 25, 2009

    Stunning visuals. Beautiful message.

    Thank you for putting it out there.


  • Cory "Mr. Safety" Williams said on February 25, 2009


    You have no idea how much this video means to me! One of my fans (Sara Parker) showed me this video because she has been following my work for some time. She said that I would relate to your video 100% and that I did plus some. I am a professional YouTuber who makes parody short films about my real life whether happy or sad and being that it’s February, I’m just starting to wake up again.

    I don’t know you, but I want to now. Thank you : )

  • Sam Coran said on February 25, 2009

    Great motivation and encouragement to move on with this ever struggling world.



  • Lisa said on February 25, 2009

    Thank you so much for this. The dark days of thinking “I suck” now have a pinprick of light.

    I’m so grateful to you.


  • Eric "Scubadogg" DeMar said on February 25, 2009


    I could tell you how much your video means to me – but I’m actually speechless. I have sat here now for 23 minutes trying to formulate words. I keep getting stuck after “WOW”… I was directed here by Cory “Mr. Safety” Williams (thanks Cory) from a simple “tweet” he posted. After watching your work, my day… simply… stopped.

    Sometimes something renews our hope, that either there are people like ourselves in the world (common travelers, if you will), or that there is still hope for humanity, and the humanities.

    Without stealing the words of others who probably have said it much better than I ever could – stunning, beautiful, breathtaking, thought-provoking, motivating, encouraging. And simply, “Wow!”

    And thank you.

  • Dirk Weaver said on February 25, 2009

    I’ll be moving at the speed of thought tomorrow trying to get things done and not suck anymore. He said it all in that short movie. I’m out…

  • Daniel Miller said on February 25, 2009

    Really really really good stuff…

  • Sara Parker said on February 26, 2009

    so here’s the fan (relating to cory williams above) … was to tired to post the comment tonight…

    A friend of mine gave me the link to website of another photographer who featured your video… It was perfect, it still is. I watched it severall times. And I can relate to this 100% too (athough I am not on the pro state like u 2 r) otherwise I wouldn’t have shared it 😉

    I hope spring is coming and summer… though I am not afraid of fall… and winter will pass, hopefully. Sometimes it doesn’t seem like…

    Love the music… is it Meghan Coffee?


  • Borut Peterlin said on February 26, 2009

    That is a custom made video for me, isn’t?

    I watched it a minute before talking to a client and it was much more pleasant and tranquil conversation with that echo in my mind :-)
    Thx Zack!

  • bethany said on February 26, 2009

    you have no idea how on time this video was for me. I’ve been in tears for two days now because I just told somebody to be themselves and yet I’m in a pissing contest with another photographer. Thank you for restoring peace in my mind and heart. Thank you for slowing me down and telling me that it’s ok. I don’t know you but I love you. I will be praying for your dad as well. Thank you.

  • ViaMoi said on February 26, 2009

    Absolute 100% right.
    You suck…. and so do I. LOL
    Best film I’ve seen in 2009 by far.
    Cheers from Canada & ViaMoi

  • Dan Speicher said on February 26, 2009

    Hey Man, my prayers will be with you and your family.I just lost my grandfather two days ago to the same thing. He couldnt speak, could barely open his eyes, but I know that he could hear me when I said “Thanks for being there for me, thanks for loving me. I love you.” While I’m not sure that he could see that it was me, I know he heard me. Say what you need to, He’ll hear you!

    Thanks for nailing self doubt with this video. You crushed it out of the park.

  • Wes Hope said on February 26, 2009

    Excellent. Thanks for letting us inside Zack.

  • Ron From Seattle said on February 26, 2009

    Thanks for the tip on those sticks from IKEA. Need to get me some of those.

  • Harold said on February 26, 2009

    Really love Meghan’s song also.
    I feel you man – Awesome!

  • Doug said on February 26, 2009


  • Barbara Wartman said on February 26, 2009

    Yes!!! Thank you, Zack.

  • Cy Starkman said on February 27, 2009


    brave and true

    thanks for speaking for all of us

  • Rodrigo said on February 27, 2009

    Great video ! very inspiring ! it’s really hard for me to express in english, so i will do it in my own language.

    Muy buen video, realmente me volo la cabeza, es un video que exactamente describe mil cosas que me estan pasando en este momento a nivel pareja, vida, trabajo, fotografia, etc. Muchas gracias viejo !

  • zack said on February 27, 2009

    @Rodrigo – Muchas gracias back at ya!

    @Sara Parker – Yes. Meg’s music is out in the world as “Meghan Coffee”. She was making that music before she became an Arias. :)


  • Sara Parker said on February 27, 2009

    thhhxxx… loved it!! the song was perfect! Will look on Itunes or her website.

    I can’t tell how often I heard/watched the video now… at the moment it just keeps me alive (I know stupid thing to say…sorry for that). I just feel numb, but I don’t wanna be, so Numbness-Desperation just playing hide-and-seek…

    thx again, epic shortfilm!

  • Ashley said on February 27, 2009


    This was very authentic and a great reminder. Thanks for putting yourself out there. This showed the true mark of an authentic and respectful man.

    You for sure reminded me how I tend to worry about rather stupid things and not put my faith in God and enjoy life. It’s so easy to be sucked into thinking that what you love to do is completely satisfying but really it leaves you empty.

    Will be praying for your Dad.

    Thanks again.

  • keith said on February 27, 2009

    Wow, think this could be an intro for every photo course. Or, worked into a curriculum at some point.

  • emily said on February 27, 2009

    oh Zack this is an amazingly beautiful reminder. So many of us fall into the trap of watching those around us and not looking inside and realizing how lucky we have it. Thank you so much for posting this .

  • t.linn said on February 27, 2009

    Great video, Zach. I wish more of the stuff I see floating around the web was as thoughtful and thought provoking as your video piece.

    In reading through the comments I notice you’ve been willing to talk about some of the technical aspects of the video. I’m curious how you did the great text/titling effects with random letters fading in and out.

    Thanks again for sharing this video with the rest of us.

  • Jennifer C said on February 27, 2009

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. I’ve never heard of you before, but I came across your video on another site and just wanted to tell you how lovely it is.

  • AmandaK said on February 27, 2009

    Wow…this post was meant for me…you spoke right to my soul.
    Thank you…your father is in my prayers.

  • scoutj said on February 28, 2009

    I don’t normally comment on something like this with so many comments because I often wonder if the person will even read 450 comments. But, I wanted to just let you know how much this just rocks. I’m passing this along to all of my friends to check out. Thanks for taking the time to do this.

  • Jen said on February 28, 2009

    Thank you so much – this video affected me deeply. So very sorry to hear about your dad.

  • zack said on February 28, 2009

    @scoutj – We are reading every comment! Trying to reply to as many as possible.

  • Thomas Semesky said on February 28, 2009

    An interesting and well done video. I can’t get over the quality that comes out of these simple digital cameras now-a-days! I guess I’m more amazed, because I’m still a product of the 50’s and 60’s when my parents had a 8mm movie camera with the blinding movie lights. And THAT was consider high-end in those days.

  • Thomas said on February 28, 2009

    Amazing and inspiring work! Well done!

  • Steve Berardi said on February 28, 2009

    zack: wow, this is a brilliant film. I loved the music!

  • Matt said on February 28, 2009

    That video was simply amazing. Words cannot express the power and yet subtle optimism of it. I’m truly sorry to hear about your father also, our prayers are with you and your family.

    Thank you for sharing your story and influencing so many of us!

  • michelle cunningham said on February 28, 2009

    i’m in the dark and i don’t even feel like i’ve seen the light yet. grrrrr…. i love your wife’s music btw. your wife right? did i put my foot in my mouth? i can’t wait till the springtime comes for me. patience.. grr…

    about your dad… i don’t want to be trite. i don’t want to really pass condolences either. i got a lot of that when my mom died. it felt empty. i do want to say that i hope you enjoyed being surrounded by family and love in a time of much needed support.

  • derek said on February 28, 2009

    thanks…the message here goes far beyond photography

  • Ramón said on February 28, 2009

    Zack, I’m not going to repeat all of the truly valid things that so many people have already written, and no doubt better than I can. BUT, I’m going to offer one piece of knowledge, and it’s about your dad. If you haven’t already done it, get to his side right away and start talking, and don’t stop until you’re exhausted. My dad passed away in October, 2006; he was the best friend I ever had. The one thing that saves me from going crazy is the fact that he and I didn’t leave anything unsaid. We declared our love for one another, and I think that gave us both peace.
    The film is brilliant. Thanks for climbing into my brain, stripping me naked to the world and showing me that I’m not alone in my thoughts.

  • Nathan said on February 28, 2009

    This was one of the the absolutely best things I’ve ever seen.

  • casie said on February 28, 2009

    that was beautiful on so many levels. thank you for sharing – your words hit on a few of my own struggles. inspiring.

  • abe said on February 28, 2009

    my jaw is dropped open. i’m pretty much speechless…

    but first, i’m sorry to hear about your dad’s condition.

    this is such an inspiration man…incredible stuff.


  • Jim Richardson said on February 28, 2009

    It’s true that most of us make photographs that are peddling some product–one necessary, helpful, or otherwise–not curing cancer as you say, or otherwise definitely making the world a better place. Or our photos give others a window to a place, a time, a thing that they otherwise would miss out on: education. Most of our photos are self-indulgences probably, nothing more than a pastime for ourselves and our families that will at best be deleted three generations down the timeline, just as we look at then throw away photos from that recent but far-back time of our own familial forbears, photos in which no one living knows who any of those people in the photos are.
    It is highly unlikely that any of us reading this will have a photo in the next edition of “100 Photographs That Changed the World.” But that doesn’t mean that we all shouldn’t make an attempt, even though it is highly likely that what we do and create will have made little difference at all in the big picture. But it may, especially in a smaller picture, such as your own community. After you have paid your bills, use your camera and skills to try to make the world a better place for those to come, as others did for us. Our little efforts often play out larger than we know at the time.

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  • Geoff H said on March 1, 2009

    This video is awesome. The ‘voice’ that comes through is in full blossom. Very inspiring. The music by your wife is the perfect complement.

    I hope you will do more, perhaps something on what we’re doing to our Earth, the only home we have.

  • Constantin Chirila said on March 1, 2009

    Beautiful, and quite deep. I was really moved by the things you said.

  • J said on March 1, 2009

    Thank you

    Thank you very much.

  • Per said on March 1, 2009

    Incredible! Thanks for sharing this with us!

  • Matt said on March 1, 2009

    Wow, that was absolutely incredible.

  • Rohan said on March 1, 2009

    Someone put this in a comment as a response to a post where I spoke about my own conflicts. Very inspiring. More than the photography or the music, the words really touched me. Great job!

  • Fabrizio Zambelli said on March 1, 2009

    It was meaningful and touching, Zack.

    Thanks for sharing

  • Michael said on March 1, 2009

    Your words are truly inspirational to me. I don’t even have to watch the video to capture the visual message in my mind. Thanks for all that you do, as you inspire me each step of the way.

  • Marsh said on March 1, 2009

    I’m 56, I’ve had cancer, I don’t have it figured out, but I can tell you that you are on the path.

    This is a great life lesson, thankyou for sharing it.

  • Linda said on March 1, 2009

    Zack, I loved all of your short video. You have quite the sense of humor and the series part was right on. I found out about the video from the DPS site. Great job, great insipiration. I’m touched!

  • Renee said on March 1, 2009

    Amazing and beautiful video.. thank you!

  • Kyle Tunney said on March 1, 2009

    Absolutely cracking piece, I can relate on so many levels!
    Very moving,

    Thanks Zack!!

  • John L. Reed said on March 1, 2009

    Thanks, Zack, for creating this. I appreciate your sharing your thoughts on the photography business, but even more, I appreciate your willingness to open up as a fellow human being and contribute so much of yourself with the rest of us. Very admirable, and very ballsy. Thanks again.

  • Kevin said on March 1, 2009

    Wow man, I felt it from heart through the throat.

  • Jodi Renshaw said on March 1, 2009

    You spoke TO me and FOR me. Thank you.

  • Bill said on March 1, 2009

    Words fail me…

    Thank you. I needed that.

  • Jodi Renshaw said on March 1, 2009

    P.S. Is there a way to embed this on my own site? (Giving you full credit of course … and sharing your blog). Thanks.

  • Dan Rakofsky said on March 1, 2009

    I can only echo the sentiment in so many of these posts. This video was truly inspirational. With so many having seen it, you will probably never know the magnitude of the impression that you have made upon the art. Great film. Great music. Thank you.


  • Stephane said on March 1, 2009

    Wow again. Just drop stills and go in movies… Please, make sure to introduce this at many film contests. Please.

  • Rodney said on March 1, 2009

    Thanks Zack! I dunno about curing cancer… but you just cured me of whats been buggin me for a long time… and like the others say, this goes far beyond photography. I wont forget this. Thanks to Meghan, for pushing the buttons , and to Scott Kelby and his team.

  • Darien Chin said on March 1, 2009

    Thank you for this. It effected me. Very much.

  • yazan said on March 1, 2009

    thank you so much for sharing this video, and your thoughts. i don’t think i’ve ever been so moved as i have been today

  • Joe said on March 1, 2009

    Thank you for sharing… great stuff.

  • Emily Porter said on March 1, 2009

    Thank you so much for doing this video.

  • Donna said on March 1, 2009

    Truly Amazing! Thank you so much!

  • federica said on March 1, 2009

    Wow – You just spoke to the winter inside me. THank you. Your last words about transformation and it being worth it – ah thank you, truth.

    About the thoughts you want to share with your dad; he will hear you. Know that he will and will do his best to confirm it. (whether he is here or on the other side).

  • John said on March 1, 2009

    Zack, I’m going to be 65 this year and I can really relate as it is a never ending journey. The cool thing is that every once in a while we catch lightning in a bottle. The fun is in the trying. And yes I probably suck more than most. God bless you and your family

  • lupzdut said on March 1, 2009

    Thank you thank you thank you for this! I really needed to see something like this to get me to keep on going. You nailed it and managed to inspire in the process. Once again WOW!

  • Jennifer Farley said on March 2, 2009

    Absolutely lovely and thought provoking. Congratulations on a super movie.

  • Darkened Skye said on March 2, 2009

    Thank you,
    Thank you,

    It is beautiful :)

  • Jose Alonso said on March 2, 2009

    I can’t find the proper words to explain the effect your video had on me. I was either in a zone favorable for tears to shed or your masterpiece of profound introspection drew blood from my eyes. I am the amateur photographer dad that gave his son his first camera so many years ago. He, is the one that led me to this link to watch your beautiful video. You, are the one that used such wise and eloquent words to tell me the things I felt were going on in his life. For that I thank you.

  • JD said on March 2, 2009

    Zack this goes beyond just photography. Thank you for such a powerful and vulnerable look into your personal growth.

    All the best to you and your family.


  • Marla said on March 2, 2009

    A wonderful clip! I too have felt this way. I think any good photographer does. I struggle with believing that someone would want to pay me to take their picture. Thank you for putting it into words.

  • David A said on March 2, 2009

    outstanding — thanks for allowing the net to do what it does best — help share and celebrate our artistic centres!

  • Barb Barry said on March 2, 2009

    Thanks for sharing, and from someone that has been there; don’t wait to tell your Dad what you want him to hear. Trust that he can hear you. Make him a video, play a recorded message or just sit down and start rambling. You will have no bigger regret if you don’t. Peace

  • Trevor Doe said on March 2, 2009

    Nail on the head.

  • Carlos Valentino said on March 2, 2009

    I’m down and today I really felt bad, ugly bad. Thinking drinking myself to sleep. Your words have given a voice to many, me included. I cried when I saw your video, not with my eyes but with my soul. My skies are like the ones depicted in your video. The world is spinning and friends around me are losing their homes, their families, their dreams. Zack thank you for being true to your heart and having the balls to tell the world what many are feeling today but won’t in fear of what our clients might say. God Bless you and yours and may Wisdom grace your house as you stand by your father. Much love CV.

  • Enrique Vidal Vijande said on March 3, 2009

    That was a very inspiring video, great & wise words! Thanks

  • Brenda D said on March 3, 2009

    You are amazing. Your words have hit my heart and pushed my head into first gear. Reminded me of the things I need to do that I’ve been putting off on these gray days of winter. Spring will soon be here but why wait??? Thanks so much for sharing.

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  • TJ Hoffman said on March 3, 2009

    Transformational! Worth all the sum of any other tutorials that I’ve seen.
    There might just be a future for Zack
    in moving images, instead of stills!

    I have similar complaints about not feeling good enough in my work, but I have truly been able to see ALL of my kids school events and the ocassional hang with my wife

  • Prateek said on March 3, 2009

    You are more than a great photographer…a poet, & a philosopher too. I was thinking not to buy my first SLR (Canon 40D) thinking I would not do “justice” to it. But now I will just buy it-coz I want it & I love to click. It’s something I cannot explain. I pray for your dad’s soul. I’m sure he’s very proud of you.

    You wrote my story in your words.

    God Bless!

  • Jeroen Berkenbosch said on March 3, 2009

    Touching and a somewhat famliar video. The best of luck to you and your dad!

  • Anita Minton said on March 3, 2009

    WOW! WOW!
    This was amazing. I have yet to pick up a camera… at this point I only see the pictures in my mind. What great inspiration for a wannabe. Plus the music was fantastic! Thank you.

  • Aaron Galeotti said on March 3, 2009

    Holy Crap Man! that was awesome. you speak truth on so many levels.. i can relate and as a beginning photography am encouraged to keep persevering and to keep counting my blessing.. if you’re ever in the portland oregon area look me up i’d be honored to assist for you on a shoot.

    peace and love.


  • Johwey Redington said on March 4, 2009

    Adored your video. Totally inspiring. Thanks!

  • Sarah said on March 4, 2009

    All I can say is, I saw this at the perfect moment – the moment of being overwhelmed. Thank you so much for your raw honesty in sharing this, you have no idea how much it may help us all get perspective and be free in what we are doing!

  • Thao Tran said on March 4, 2009

    Touched. Thank you.

  • Scott Armstrong said on March 4, 2009

    You have created a beautiful piece of art, Zack, a living one. The beauty of irony that in your winter of discontent, you are able to bring forth artistic wonder. Thanks for sharing it with the world.

  • Cindy said on March 4, 2009

    Zack, you said it well, she sang it perfectly. Thank you for your insight and transparency.

  • Michele said on March 4, 2009

    Exactly what you have said, is why I stepped back months ago. I didn’t step back from my business. I stepped back into why I have been in this profession and loving it for so long. I stopped comparing myself to others, stopped looking at images on other blogs and focused on me. People choose me for who I am, not for who or what “the other Photographers are and are doing”. Thanks for a great video. I’ve watched is several times!

  • Charl Smith said on March 5, 2009


    I just want to thank you for this great short film, it really changed my view on my work. Thank you for sharing something so personal with the world.

    I just want you to know that I think and pray for you and your family with the passing of your dad.

    May God bless you.


  • Debbie Allen said on March 5, 2009

    A lesson for life as well as photography. Thankyou

  • Diane - Daily Walks said on March 5, 2009

    Thank you!

  • sean said on March 5, 2009


    they volume is really low on it when on high, is there a way you can correct that?

  • john said on March 5, 2009

    thanks for sharing this is a great video. love this

  • Jay said on March 5, 2009

    Very powerful stuff. I go thru funks like that too

  • brian Grissom said on March 5, 2009

    Zack, you don’t understand how timely this was in my life. Thank You. Thank You.

    grace and peace.


  • Pepe said on March 5, 2009

    Zach your video is inspiring and i´m gratfull, i´m looking for some relity in my life and you truley done it, thanks for the time you share with us and part of your life

  • JJ said on March 5, 2009

    Thanks for this truly inspirational video, I was in a bit of a rut and needed a good kick in the butt, I am in the crap category but you just motivated me to get back my motivation and keep learning and having fun with photography

    Thanks again from my heart

  • Eileen Davis said on March 5, 2009

    thank you! well said…

  • Doug Felts said on March 5, 2009

    Thanks, Zach. I loved the art and it spoke to me – isn’t that what art is? Brother, if you’re ever in the Seattle area, and I can do anything for you, just let me know.

  • karishma said on March 5, 2009

    Its a awesome video……………very inspiring……………….thnks for sharing………….

  • Kelly Rashka said on March 5, 2009

    Thank You.

  • Radu said on March 6, 2009

    Thank you, both of you.

  • Andrew Crozier said on March 6, 2009

    I am so touched…

    I am sat weeping at the trueness and honesty of your film.

    i share the annual ‘funk’ and right now I think I am the worst but deep down I know this too will pass and I will embrace the beauty once again.

    Thank you for making and sharing such a unique statement that speaks so one pointedley.

    Best regards

    Andrew Crozier

  • Wasabi Peas said on March 6, 2009

    Zack, don’t think for a second that you aren’t making a difference with your work or the things you share w/ fellow photogs.

    I discovered you via the white seamless tutorials. At the time, I was just trying to take photos of my infant daughter. It was the biggest leap in my photography yet, and I’m now thinking of starting a small business.

    A friend and I have been doing photo-a-day blogs to improve our skills and challenge us to see things in a different way. Some days are great victories, others suck. Yesterday kinda sucked and I questioned my talent/skill/interest in photography.

    So like others above, I found your video at a perfect time.

    I wish you and your family all the strength and love as you struggle with your father’s illness.

  • Kim Kalyn said on March 6, 2009

    Thank YOU. Thank YOU. Thank YOU. I NEEDED to hear that. I think so many of us who have watched it had the same feeling, that you were speaking the truth in our own lives, thoughts, doubts, concerns, hopes etc. Your honesty was so refreshing and really made me feel inspired. So thank YOU.

    Kim Kalyn

  • jaclyn turner said on March 6, 2009

    this is brilliant. relative. life altering. lovely.

  • Doug said on March 6, 2009

    I can’t believe you told me I sucked. I didn’t know you’d even seen my work. You’re right though!

  • DC Chavez said on March 6, 2009


    Fist time coming across your work via the Strobist.

    Powerful video- lets just this video struck a chord with me. I think we all have those days, weeks, months where nothing seems to line up just right.

    So many of the lines you recite about the internal battle of 9-5 vs the life of a photographer have rattled in many head many a times.

    Thanks for sharing and keep up the great work.


  • Randy Wakefield said on March 6, 2009

    Lilting, moody, dark, anxious, wishing…… it’s all I often feel. Thanks for sharing such intimate thoughts. More!

  • Xavier Palacios said on March 6, 2009

    This is the most intense short film i’ve seen, ever.

    As you say, it’s great to know we’re not alone in this struggle.

    Thank you for making this video and spreading the message around..

    Oh, and meghan’s music was outstanding!..

    I know you’ll become a better photographer every-single-day you work, but thanks to this story told on “film”, you just became a better person and won a spot in all of our lifes.

    greetings from Ecuador,
    – Xavier.

  • jenniferl said on March 6, 2009

    thanks for this…

  • Rob Campbell said on March 6, 2009

    Very touching video because it relates to most photographers that I know, perhaps to everybody, whether artist or not. But you have a problem, my man: it doesn´t get any better with age, as I discovered, and has little to do with photography but everything to do with life.

    The mood comes with the umbilical cord and, unlike it, never, ever leave you, as I know to my cost.

    Wish it were otherwise but it ain´t.

    Rob C

  • Nana Kofi Acquah said on March 6, 2009

    Zack, sorry about your Dad. It’s good to know you’re so proud of him. I’m sure he had so much to say to you during his final moments. We love you, we are here for you in Summer when you’re too busy, in Spring, in Autumn and even in the dark and dreaded Winters. Your wife is amazing. You are more blessed than you will ever know.

    Sincerely, Nana Kofi

  • Alexander Evensen said on March 6, 2009

    Listening to this made me think about my self and my photography and what I want with it, which I don’t really know.

    I’m at a place where I have to change my life to survive and it’s really hard, and watching this now, and thinking about the decisions I’ve made recently that I’m working hard to follow, it made me cry, and I don’t know why.

    It all doesn’t matter. I agree with you. Do it for your self and that’s the way to be happy. Do what is needed so you can do what you love, and then do what you love.

    I’ve never heard of you before, and you lended me a guiding hand with what you said in your video. That’s quite amazing. Thank you!

  • BJ Cleland said on March 6, 2009

    Loved the raw honesty of emotions we all go through and the process of the artists whether it be photography or anything new we are learning. You gotta start somewhere and you gotta keep going to get better. I love that message.
    Thanks Warmly BJ

  • Jase said on March 6, 2009

    Im sure your not going to read this far down on your replys but I found your video through, an australian website and was completely drawn in to your video and the message it sends. (Editor’s Note – I read ’em all. Thank you for your kind words Jase.)

    Its nice for someone who seems successful in their profession/hobby to put their hand up and admit the insecurities that I think most feel from time to time. Like most artists I am my own worst critic, and have not got the self belief in my ability to strive for a goal in this field, but it is reassuring to know that even those who are there already still have the same thoughts.

    After all we are all only human.


    I think it highlights the all to often

  • Doug Gaidry III said on March 6, 2009

    Zack, found your film via my subscription to the strobist. First, and formost, your film is an amazing and captivating work of art in itself… Your message is heartfelt and it obviously strikes a very common chord in many of us. Now that I am admiring the Hell out of your film, I’ll have to enjoy the rest of your work. Wish you the best with your Dad… lost my Mom to cancer some time back. I can appreciate what you are likely feeling. Hope you do another film, this one was tuly remarkable.

  • Thomas Anthony said on March 6, 2009

    First off, my deepest condolences on the loss of your Father. I have not lost my Father, so I cannot even begin to know what you are feeling, but I know it’s bad. As for your video you made, I don’t know how to express how it made me feel. I have shared it on a video site I just joined. Please let me know if I should remove it for copyright considerations, but I think it would have saved the life of my best friend who took his life a year ago. He was a struggling musician who lost hope. Thank you for being so candid and honest about the reality of trying to show this cold world your warm and vulnerable side.

  • zack said on March 6, 2009

    Thanks for the kind words everyone. Thank you for the encouragement you all have given to me and my family in the time of loss we are going through.

    And yes, I read all the comments.


  • David Croxford said on March 7, 2009

    Zack …
    My condolences and prayers to and for you and your family.
    Your short film is an inspiration – thanks for listening to Meghan when she tells you that your butt needs to be in gear. Don’t ever loose site of the message you’ve passed on to all of us that have watched and listened.
    Mahalos & Aloha

  • Jason Bell said on March 7, 2009


    Aw man, I spent most of yesterday afternoon reflecting on what you said in the video, crying and thinking.

    This morning things started to formalise into a plan forward, I don’t think it would have happened without the video.

    Thanks for pouring out humility and love, there’s a lot to learn in that alone.

    Blessings to you and your family.
    Jase Bell

  • Kane said on March 7, 2009

    Great video dude, very inspiring, love the rawness of it all.

  • Amy Deputy said on March 7, 2009

    Hello Zach,

    Light spills into this room, windows open. My son singsongs for the dogs.

    I will close these windows with night.

    With dawn, the light may spill again and dogs may bark for my boy.

    Thank you for reminding me to pay attention to the light, the windows, my family and dog-fetch-sticks moments with dark and dawn as possibilities.

    I am grateful for your questions, your questions are our questions, place of connection. I am reminded I am not alone.

    May you continue to honor paradox with delicacy, your journeying heart with brilliance.

    Blessings, Amy

  • Marco said on March 7, 2009

    Zack, thank you for the beautiful and truly inspiring video message. Wishing peace and warmth to you and your family.

  • David Wittig said on March 7, 2009

    Thank you!

  • Keith said on March 8, 2009

    Thanks Zack, I really, really needed to hear that one. =)

  • Carlos Baez said on March 8, 2009


    Beyond well spoken. I think many of the old school photographers will be right with you on this one. Those who have struggled along through the changes of this great photography journey we are on.

    Carlos Baez

  • tara said on March 8, 2009

    zack…words cannot express the feelings that are turning in the pit of my stomach right now. your video has totally impacted me in a way that i know will change the way i live my life while doing what i love. you said it all…what i go through…what i feel…what i contemplate late into the sleepless nights of my existence. thank you so much for your prolific video…a masterpiece in itself. thank you.

  • Lloyd Thrap said on March 8, 2009

    Great Blog video. Just so spot on!

    I may be a great photographer?
    Can you review my port and comment? I know you may not think it is worthy but check it out and let me know…


  • Steve Cherrier said on March 8, 2009

    Wow…just wow. Love it all. The humor and the eye-opening, hit-you-over-the-head revelations that every photographer needs to hear. Thank you!

  • Mandi Singer said on March 8, 2009

    All I have to say is that you moved me to tears. Great video, thanks for sharing such a wonderful message with your fellow photographers. May god continue to bless you and your family.

  • Charles Maring said on March 8, 2009

    It has been said here by many, but thank you for taking the time to explore the soul of photographers and what they go through on the never ending road that we fictionally call success.

  • Bob Patterson said on March 8, 2009

    WOW, what a dynamite video! What can I say that hasn’t been said by the 550 post before mine.

    Thank your wife again for encouraging you to push the envelope…she’s right. Speaking of her, I love the music.

    Sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. Hang in there and my best to your family.

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  • Julie said on March 8, 2009

    As I sit here and listen to your words, you bring me to tears..I’m feeling the same way..Am I connecting due to you because I’m approaching the 10yr anniversary of my dad’s death or for the fact that I’m realating to the part about photography ..I’m not sure..But I no that I’m feeling just like you..maybe it’s nice to know that were not alone..maybe it’s nice to know that my photography is nothing compared to yours, but we can all feel the same way not matter where we are in life..So Thank you for this..It meant alot..

  • Amanda Rae said on March 8, 2009

    That was amazing. Beautifully made with a beautiful message. Thank you so much.

  • Elizabeth said on March 8, 2009

    This was an amazing video… The last few minutes really got to me. I’m one of those who is just getting started in this and I’m gonna remember your video for a long long time. :]

  • Kevin said on March 8, 2009

    I am 41 and just got my first DSLR about 7 months ago. I might be a bit impatient since I all ready know I suck as a photographer. I don’t want to suck sooooo bad. I am a bit impatient. I want to remember EVERYTHING that I read about photography. I am a bit impatient. I do not want to suck. I am impatient.
    Then, when I am alone on the road in some hotel(I am a pilot…I don’t suck so much at that…me and all my passengers are still alive) I look at a simple shot I took of my beautiful daughter’s smiling face. I think, “even if I do suck, I still have a fantastic image of my precious daughter”. Maybe I don’t suck like I thought I did. I captured what makes me smile.
    Thanks so much for your video and letting me know I am not alone at all in how much I suck! lol Cheers!! :-)

  • Tacuma said on March 8, 2009

    Awesome and inspiring. Thanx and GOD Bless.

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  • jp said on March 9, 2009

    Thanks Zack for the words of encouragement

  • Wade Simon said on March 9, 2009

    That was fantastic. I had chills for the better half of that video.

    One of the best things I have seen on the internet in a really long time.

    I do have an Avedon button on my camera … but I’m sure it’s broken. :)

  • Lindsey Gardner said on March 9, 2009

    Wow Zack, First off… you have a lot of comments about this video but rightfully so. It’s really really amazing and inspiring. It gave me chills and really made me think about my photography and where I am going and why I love this profession. Thank you. I’m really sorry to hear about your father. My husband lost his father 10 years ago to cancer… it’s tough. He watched the video with me and got pretty emotional.

    Thanks so much for sharing. Maybe someday our paths will cross!

  • Sean R. said on March 9, 2009

    Zack, Got to this post from Thanks for the words and thoughts and everything you do.

  • northside7 said on March 9, 2009

    we are a lucky bunch of cry babies_
    well said.
    We are so obsessed with doing that we have no time and no imagination left for being. As a result, men are valued not for what they are but for what they do or what they have – for their usefulness.
    Yet it is in this loneliness of winter that the deepest activities begin. It is here that you discover act without motion, labor that is profound repose, vision in obscurity, and, beyond all desire, a fulfillment whose limits extend to infinity. If you are a painter paint regardless the number of masters that have come before you. If you are a photographer, shoot and keep shooting till there is no light left.

  • Heather said on March 9, 2009

    I only just saw this today.
    And I needed it bad. Thank you for laying yourself bare. With this little video you’ve taught the hundreds of thousands who struggle to BE someone like you what we’re really struggling for: to find our own identity as artists and accept ourselves.

    Thank you.

  • Hedi Oosterkamp said on March 10, 2009

    Wow, this movie is realy inspiring!
    I’m sorry to hear about youre father.

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  • James said on March 10, 2009

    Thank you so very much for your insight… it means so much to finally know that I am not alone.

    I would like to leave you with this quote – and although I see it a hundred times a day (it’s on my email signature) , living it has become the hardest struggle I haver faced.

    “Be where you are.
    Otherwise, you will miss your life.”

  • Lisa Stein said on March 10, 2009

    Great video.
    No wonder you’re depressed. So sorry about your Dad. The rest of it is just the stuff we go thru every year like you said.
    But this year is different.
    Glad you were able to put it in images and words, and thank you scott kelby for being the inspiration and motivation.

  • Leo said on March 10, 2009

    Amazing Video, and that is exactly what is happenign with me, i am trying to find myself and my way..

    extremily well done video..

    all the best


  • Laura Eaton said on March 10, 2009

    All I can say is….

    Damn, Zack, damn good…


  • Catalina said on March 10, 2009

    comparison is something i can’t help but do and i am trying to steer away from that as much as i can…it’s HARD!
    what great words, Zack.

  • Mark Stagi said on March 10, 2009

    Awesome video!!!

  • Jordan Cartwright said on March 10, 2009

    I’ can’t say anything that a hundred others haven’t phrased better so I’ll lead off, and finish with:

    Thank you for the inspiration.


  • Ann Hamilton said on March 10, 2009

    Wow, this just resonates, Zack. Thanks for sharing. It was so good to see you and Meg in SF. Hugs to you both.

  • Catalin said on March 11, 2009

    Very moving. It almost collects all my thoughts into one single short movie. It’s something we all ievitably get through at one point of our lives.

  • Neil Walker said on March 11, 2009

    being able to use words AND pictures to say what you mean is truly impressive. Most of us can only do one…hence the dark days….

  • Stephen Ingram said on March 11, 2009


    I’ve spent all day trying to watch your video but it was just not loading for me. I even tried to install some new apps to get it to work properly. I finally gave up and just let the sound play. In the end, your voice and the feelings behind it were what truly mattered. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • zack said on March 11, 2009

    Hi Stephen,
    Sorry the link wasn’t working for you. Try the Youtube link…


  • Ryan Dlugosz said on March 12, 2009

    Zack –

    Awesome video and message… Really well done and some seriously thought-provoking stuff in there.


  • Willpower said on March 12, 2009

    Zack, Dude you are truley amazing my dude. You inspire me, and have taught me everything I know. I strive to be a photographer like no other than you! Thank you for everything I miss you guys. Eric, Megan, Calep, and all. Love ya homie. Stay up like a lay up! -Willpower
    sorry if i mispelled names (or got any wrong) lol

  • Blake said on March 13, 2009

    This really means a lot to me, I’m currently working on a Photo book of Abandoned communities in Newfoundland and there are so many delays and stresses it’s not even funny.
    Sometimes we need someone we can relate to, and when you live in a small place it’s not the easiest thing to have.

  • Kelly said on March 13, 2009

    Holy shit. Completely awesome. Completely relevant. Thank you so much.

  • evilgirl said on March 13, 2009

    Zack… amazing. Thank you for your words and imagery.

  • Mrs M said on March 13, 2009

    I’m unemployed and depend on my husband right now. Sometimes it makes me feel really guilty and I feel really useless. Seeing your film, reminded me to be grateful for what I have now which is so much better than anything any of my previous jobs gave me.

  • Tina Marie Harris said on March 13, 2009

    Wow. That was amazing. Thank you so much for sharing this with us (and thanks to David Hobby for posting the link and enabling me to discover you!)

  • Doug Wojciechowski said on March 14, 2009

    Completely brilliant and inspiring short film. Thank you.

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  • Carole Berlin said on March 15, 2009

    Zach, a photographer-friend sent me the URL for your video after I said I haven’t painted a single large canvas since Hurricane Katrina destroyed my studio. But I’m going upstairs to get started on something right now, for your video reminded me of what I already knew but lost sight of: Doing beats not-doing. We learn from our mistakes, so even the things we do that suck can teach us what not to do the next time. There’s never a reason to stop doing or saying what you have to say while you still can, because the day grows short and the light is fading fast. Thanks for reminding me of all that and more, and for doing it so beautifully.

    May you hear your father’s voice again.


  • William said on March 16, 2009

    Punching the time card but slowly working my way to a coffee with my wife at 10am. Thanks for the insight and honesty.

  • Ingrid R McConnell said on March 16, 2009

    I barely know what to say, because you already said it all?! And I am oh so glad that you did! If only we all could learn to open up that trap door to our heart and souls with bare open honesty? What a different world it would be?
    Thank you!

  • Doug said on March 17, 2009

    Zack, I saw this as an embedded video on a photographers blog (Christine Meintjes) and I was stuck in a daze as I watched it. I felt like I was hearing my own thoughts in a different voice. Thank you so much for putting this out there so I can realize that it’s normal to go through that “haze” every winter. Amazing is putting it mildly. Thank you so much!!!!

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  • Louis Dallara said on March 17, 2009

    Thanks man… your no alone with you thoughts.

  • Brandy said on March 17, 2009

    Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

  • Dane Sanders said on March 17, 2009

    I’m a fan Zack. Have been for a while. Stoked to be a face in the very large and ever increasing crowd.

  • João said on March 17, 2009

    Beautiful, thank you.

  • Tody M said on March 18, 2009

    Terima kasih..
    Thank you sir, for your thoughts and sharing.

  • Lara said on March 18, 2009

    Between tears and smiles….thank you for sharing, creating, saying it as it is>>so much that you’ve showed and said has too been on my mind…also thinking of you and your family with hope.

  • Carrie Gault said on March 19, 2009

    You’ll probably never even read this, with so many people writing to you, well, I’m just another message on a long roll.

    I take pictures because I find it hard to express myself and because I find it hard to remember things. I would like to be good, but I’m totally happy with what I do, it doesn’t eat me up.

    I have chronic depression and an acute anxiety disorder. I spend most of my time alone and the time I spend with people (other than my hubby) is stressful to me. I do Ecotherapy to try and help and write a blog on that.

    My psychartrists have recently more or less given up on me as my case is too complex. I have been mentally abused from no age by my parents and my mother’s father. I truly have no idea who I am, but god damn it, I’m trying to learn. Suicide has been a temptation many times but I fight on. I hope I never know the answers to life – what would be the point. I hope I never become the best photographer, again then were would be the joy in the accidents or the astonishment at getting just what I saw and thought was beautiful, captured forever for me to look at.

    Your film took courage I am sure. It has gone down a storm. Just be thankful that in your life you have loved and been loved and today you made a 29 yr old woman in N.Ireland feel a little better, because you shared x

  • Jim Meyer said on March 19, 2009

    Thank you, glad to know I’m not alone with those thoughts.

  • Stephanie Stigman said on March 19, 2009

    Thank you so much for that, I think every photographer needs to watch that video.

  • zack said on March 19, 2009

    Thanks everyone. We still read all these.

    @Carrie – Thank you for your personal story. I wish you the very best of luck… but not TOO much luck. Just enough but not so much that life gets boring. :)


  • Waleed Alzuhair said on March 20, 2009

    Although I’ve only got the opportunity to view your video now, but my thoughts and prayers are with you and your father.

    Being thankful is wonderful, but sometimes it’s only possible when you compare your circumstances to worse ones..

    Would you like to have a walk in my everyday winter?
    – You live in a society that considers most photographers to be immoral and are in a disgraceful profession.
    – You compete with other photographers on a different criteria.. Not quality.. Not deliverables.. Not speed.. But race. Although I’m a local in my country, locals are not considered to be worthy of consideration.. Perhaps for the 1st reason in this list.
    – You sometimes get yelled at and arrested for walking in the street with a camera on your shoulder.

    … the list goes on and on.. and my comment is not to bring you down..

    This is to let you know, you’re not alone in your winters..
    Some of us have very long winters..
    Even though we live in a hot & dusty desert..

    A big virtual hug..

    Thank you,

  • Phil said on March 20, 2009

    I watched this now the second time –
    Really really great.
    I’m deeply moved.

    Thank you for these words

  • Jen said on March 20, 2009

    Breath – taking….. thank you.

  • Dawn (elfini) said on March 20, 2009

    Zach- I saw your post when it first appeared on Scott’s blog, but didn’t get a chance to watch the video. I finally found me way back here and I am so glad. That was amazing. Thank you. And I am so sorry about your father.

    But I think you should consider adding a warning to the video: Please apply water-proof mascara before viewing. Or at least have a tissue handy. Lucky for me I am alone in the office today.

    Thank you for sharing this


  • levijwebb said on March 20, 2009

    Am loving the fact this viseo is easy to google and your name is short, cheers for sharing, am starting to understand what having the badge of being a creative takes.

  • Mike said on March 20, 2009

    I absolutely love this. I watched this last night being at one of my “lows” in what i want to do in life and with my art and photography and this just opened my eyes like you have no idea. you really helped put perspective on a constant struggle that we deal with.

    thank you and much love from santa barbara, ca.

  • Donald said on March 20, 2009

    Thank you for this video. It was insightful, introspective,intuitive,
    invaluable, and incredibly inspirational. Both the filming and music are beautiful. I love the way the rain segues into the road. Masterfully done.

  • Mark said on March 21, 2009

    Wow, just wow. I go forth now with new thoughts. New attitude.
    Just the medicine I needed.

  • S Marek said on March 22, 2009

    Thank you. Beautiful words, beatiful music great video work and just the words I needed.

  • Ramona said on March 22, 2009

    Hello Zack, I just watched your video. Thank you.
    I am a starter in Photography and won’t give up, as you sad it takes time and no one was born with the gift of being a top 10 photographer.

    Always looking for insperations and advice.

    THank you Zack

  • Larry said on March 23, 2009

    Zack thank you for the short video it shows our interperson we need to have faith in our own ability and strive for a higher level within the photographic world we live in.

  • Martin Mason said on March 25, 2009


    I’m stuck in a dead end job and am working on using my camera to make my living in the future. It is hard having 2 jobs! but your video has given me new vigour and inspiration.
    Thank you

  • Oana Hogrefe said on March 25, 2009

    Thanks Zack, thanks for helping me cry for my own voiceless, now gone, Dad, and for all the seekers wondering and wandering.

  • Petra Hall said on March 25, 2009

    Zack, what a thought provoking video. I was thinking though, even when you don’t have a voice (as in wearing a trache like your father and not be able to speak), you still have a voice. You speak with other means than with a set of vocal cords, you speak with what you do (with that tool you make money with even), either it being a pen, a camera, a computer keyboard, your eyes, your actions, etc.

    And just like in everything, you’re good, not half bad, suck big time or are even brilliant at it. But the point is that you should keep at it, as it’s your voice you’re expressing, even if it’s forgotten the second later and you’re not the top ten of anything.

    At least that’s what I do. I don’t have a physical voice, but I try to voice my opinion anyway (just like I do here, in a comment on your video). I might suck at it, but I’m still doing it because it’s who I am.

  • Evro Moudanidis said on March 25, 2009

    What can I say that hasn’t already been said? Nothing!
    Thanks for the perspective :)

  • Melinda said on March 25, 2009

    This is exceptional. I know that sounds like just a word but it’s more than that…it’s a cracking journey. You and your wife are lucky people…congratulations on making that luck happen.

  • arnel garcia said on March 28, 2009

    This moves! I am forwarding these to a lot of friends, both photographers and not.

  • Mark D said on March 28, 2009

    Thanks Zack, you saved my life

  • mari said on March 29, 2009

    Thank you for this :)

  • A.Hope Smith said on March 30, 2009

    Well said Zach.
    Praying your fathers recovery and much more success to you and Megan!

    Richmond, VA

  • Melinda said on March 30, 2009

    Hi Zack I wasn’t sure how else to contact you so I thought I better put this here. I just wanted you to know I blogged about your spot here
    and people are raving about it to me. Sorry if this is the wrong place to post this. Couldn’t find a contact me tab. Cheers :)

  • Kit said on March 30, 2009

    Nice work! Zack…
    You spoke of what I feel from time to time when I feel I am a no achiever.

    Thanks for the motivational material and keep it up!

  • TLT said on March 31, 2009

    I was brought to tears by this, wondering how somone could make a film that was so profoundly in touch with my emotions and thoughts.
    I had told my husband last night that I was not sure I had it in me anymore, I was tired (mostly mentally).
    Talk to your father, he will hear you. We lost our Dad two years ago.
    Your wife has an amazing voice.
    Thank You for this!

  • amanda said on March 31, 2009

    amazing. it is easy to become ungrounded….thanks for the reminder of priorities.

  • carlo said on March 31, 2009

    Inspirational, motivational and emotional. Makes me want to be better.

  • Susan Neves said on March 31, 2009

    I identified and was moved to tears. Your humorous, as well as thoughtful depiction of an artist’s struggle and survival is inspiring.
    Meghan’s music was the perfect accompaniment.
    Your Dad is very proud of you, I’m sure.

  • Trisha McNally said on April 1, 2009

    Hits to the core. I’ve just emailed this link to everyone I know who’s in the same boat. Art and life, its freckin tough,but I guess we wouldn’t have it any other way. I want to watch this every morning before I face the world.Winter is tough” But if you fall asleep in the snow, you don’t feel death coming”.

  • Dave said on April 2, 2009

    I’m sure it’s been said before so much better by many of the posters before me here but just wanted to add my voice.
    Awesome and profound thoughts. Awesome music too!!
    Thanks Zack and Meghan.

  • lanne said on April 2, 2009

    you are brilliant. the end.

  • Tony Hollingsworth said on April 3, 2009

    Great work. I just picked this up via some Twitter feeds in Australia. Glad to have found this.


  • Bryan Lathrop said on April 6, 2009

    wow wow wow
    and thank you sooooooo much for taking the time to create this piece. I will share with heaps of people.

  • Andrei Popovici said on April 6, 2009

    I won’t say what 684 people have said before me, and I won’t say stuff that I know you won’t get to read.
    All I’ll say is this. There is a time and a place for everything. I’ve had this page open on my screen for almost a month. Today I found myself at a crossroads in my life, and for some reason I clicked Play.
    There is a time and place for everything.

  • Rosane Walker said on April 8, 2009

    I’ve been watching your critique videos and have learned so much from them. Thanks for sharing your knowledge. Thank you for introducing me to your wife’s music also. She’s great!

  • anita said on April 9, 2009

    Zack, I thought you were referring to Pittsburgh, long-winter, steel-town kinda dark days. It is interesting to know that people have winter blues even in the south, …and now you have used them to make art! Wonderful. I now have a new quote:
    “They persevered. That is the way of the artist.” – Zack Arias

  • Bob Smith said on April 10, 2009

    Hey, love your site. I recently made a YouTube video with motivational / famous quotes. It can be found here,

  • Douglas said on April 10, 2009

    The video blew me away…captivating video and words.


    ZACK, if you EVER think you suck as a photographer

    “stop what you are doing and slap yourself”

    – got that from your OneLight DVD!!

    You have a great personality and you ARE a great photographer – keep on keeping on!

  • Melinda Bunker said on April 17, 2009


    This is brilliant! I so needed to watch this; funny and witty! You rock!


  • Saviël said on April 22, 2009

    Here in Holland I can only think: all artists are the same. They strugle, they fight, they think they suck, but still they continue doing what they do best.
    Thanks man, it has been a great reminder.

  • Khristen said on April 23, 2009

    I desperately needed to hear that. Thank you.

  • Carolyn said on April 28, 2009

    Wow,did you hit the nail on the head for me Zack. Thank you for you “wake up call” enough said for me to get it..thank your wife for me too.God bless you and your family..Peace!

  • Aaron said on April 30, 2009


    Thanks for the head check… it was good to hear this today :-).


  • Doug said on May 8, 2009

    Zack, I have posted a reply already but I have now watched this video for I think the fifth time. I get chills each time like it was my first time hearing the words you speak and seeing the video captured. You have a gift that can’t be taught man. You have to be born with the king of talent you possess. I will continue to strive to be the best photographer that I can be through practice, study, and an unquenchable desire to be better than I am now but I am so fully aware that I will never be a Zack Arias. So few have “it” the way you do my friend. I’d say God bless you man for setting the bar so high and still being humble enough to let us in to your world but it’s so obvious he already has in so many ways.

  • Roey Pimentel said on May 9, 2009

    Wow, aren’t you a pity-party-crasher. Thanks for kicking my butt out of its funk and back into the game of life.



  • Randall Douglas said on May 9, 2009

    This is greatness.

  • Dom said on May 10, 2009

    fantastic inspiring film. Beautiful

  • Gill Taylor said on May 12, 2009

    Wow. How wonderful to hear that I am not alone in feeling like this, trying to find my way as an artist.

    Thank you.

  • Jim Belanger said on May 13, 2009

    I found the video an important work. The feelings expressed show a deep sense of who he is, as a man confronted by life in all of its pain, its joy, and above all in the love he shares with his wife and son. This video deserves an audience and even a discussion outline.
    Well done…..Jim Belanger, Written on May 13, 2009

  • Wilmer said on May 13, 2009

    I was sent the link to this video today and it really made my day. Listening to that video was like listening to my own everyday thoughts, but somehow, listening it through a different voice instead of my own made the message go through a lot deeper.

    I swear I have been struggling with the same thoughts for the last two weeks, just without the optimistic turn at the end. Mine had no end.

    I was not expecting an inspirational video by any means but I’m glad I clicked on the link. I am aware of the fact that the music and imagery add power to the videos that meant to be inspirational so I tried not to be influenced by that, but the message was so familiar that it had the same effect anyway. Ok, I’ll give you that the colored clouds at the end are the icing on the cake; I did fall for the analogy created by those images.


  • Michael Lopez said on May 13, 2009

    Dude… That was what I needed to hear today! Thank you!

  • jenn said on May 17, 2009

    I had left a post in a group that i participate in on flickr. in short, i was giving my self a pity party… my opening words: i feel like a hack.

    so, one of my flickrites sent me here, to you.
    this was needed. and this is loved.
    thanks for your words, insight, and kick in the ass. i needed to quit the pitying of myself… but if feels good not to be alone.

  • Ian Magbanua said on May 17, 2009

    Hit me straight in the gut. Though I’m just an amateur photographer, I related to this more as an electronic musician living in a country where only a few people get it.

    Thank you so much for putting this out.

  • mark owen said on May 20, 2009

    I just saw this today. I was very moved by your video. Early this year i decided to begin my transformation in my life and career and i thought i was the only one confronted with those feelings. Thank you for sharing this, i needed to hear this.

    More power to you Zach and i look forward to seeing more of your work.

  • kristen roedner said on May 22, 2009

    Zach, I love you, man. Thanks so much for this amazing piece of work. May your life continue to receive great blessings! Light it up!!

  • Bobby Sarmiento said on June 4, 2009

    man oh man, just finished watching your video, and i’m speechless…
    i’m a 38 year old graphic artist with a wife and 2 kids, and i’m living by the paycheck, I always ask myself what have i done wrong, i know i’m good but what the heck is wrong… i’m still hoping that someday, somehow ill make it, oh well life goes on

  • aziz said on June 10, 2009

    That is just so profound!

  • Christian said on June 13, 2009

    Absolutely amazing and really touching.

    Is there a transcript anywhere?

  • Julien said on June 16, 2009

    Hi Zack,

    That’s a fantastic video Zack, you’re really a great artist!
    I took the liberty of posting your video on my personal blog (with your references of course). Hope you don’t mind, if so, just tell me and I’ll remove it!
    Keep being as you are!

  • EJ Hersom said on June 22, 2009

    Thank you for a great video at the end of a crap day.

  • Michael Fischer said on June 22, 2009

    What impressed me the most is how “well” you get “it” at the age of 36.

    The old saw about “life is a journey – enjoy the trip” is so accurate.

    It took me a lot longer than 36 years to figure it all out Zack. As you say, you’re on your way. Indeed, enjoy the trip.

  • Jed said on June 22, 2009

    Nice Job man, thank you for this video…helped to put things in perspective for me, the audio was moving, it all had a great feel to it…

  • Felix Ramos said on June 24, 2009

    Zack..thanks for the video..i’m totally speachless.

  • David Moore said on July 2, 2009

    Thanks Zack. I try to tell myself ( a much less eloquent of) this, but I’m not good at listening. Now I’ll make me watch your film again. Great stuff.

  • marta said on July 10, 2009

    I come back to this about once a month…and this time just wanted to say thank you!

  • Three Blind Mice said on July 10, 2009

    Speechless – Bless U xx

  • Mary Ann BEssler said on July 16, 2009

    Wow! what a way to wake up this morning. I laughed and cried when I saw this. This hits home. You are amazing, I am now inspired again…..
    Blessing to you and your family,
    Keep on keepin on!

  • JP Sevillano said on July 16, 2009

    you are amazing. Video was great, but what you shared was so inspiring.
    So human, so true. sometimes we just look at the darkness or the winter coming, but as you said, there’s so much to be thankful for.
    well… thanks Zack for sharing.

    all the best.


  • Andrew Thompson said on July 16, 2009

    This reminds me of the end of Bladerunner, there’s a knowing of something that we can’t quite put our finger on, but it’s unquestionably there. Thank you, sincerely, thank you.

  • LarsEkdahl said on July 22, 2009

    When I feel sad I look att your wideo once again

  • Kholloud said on July 29, 2009

    Well done Zack … I loved it

  • Amber said on August 2, 2009

    I am just starting out…trying to make a go of it as a photographer. I have been very depressed about it lately, doubting myself, constantly comparing, not feeling good enough. Thank you for this video. I don’t think I will “quit” photography just yet.

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  • Jacy JoyPals said on August 13, 2009

    Amazingly poignant revealing the heart of the photographer who sees the greatness of his craft but desires to make it even more in his quest for that “moment” which we all seek. A wonderful video that every photog should see and be humbled by to remember we are always learning, growing and perfecting in new ways with new hope for tomorrow and that elusive victory in media.__jacy

  • robert medina said on August 13, 2009

    a voice…….hmm, that is an interesting proposition. I wonder if my voice has ever even been heard, though it seems like I scream at the top of my lungs…have you heard me? Have YOU heard ME? I doubt so, no one seems to hear the voice of an unknown. Though popular people may be heard, they may not be saying anything at all. This is the way of the human mind.
    It is unfortunate that we as humans think this way, and even more unfortunate that it is only when we are faced with a difficult situation do we even start to care and then once that situation is either resolved or gone from us we go back to the life of the sublime, well-meaning ineptitude that rises to empirical absurdity.

  • Laurie Terry said on August 13, 2009

    Your video was very powerful and honest. And, as a photographer, I’ve been in your shoes and am constantly weighing the pro’s and con’s. But as you, I seem to keep plugging along, growing my talent, and focusing on the blessings of this career instead of the never ending push to be more creative and to be a step above my competition. Thanks so much for sharing this.

  • Charlotte Stringer said on August 13, 2009

    Very from the heart! Very humbling and so true! Thanks for making this!

  • laura said on August 14, 2009

    This video goes beyond photography it scrapes at a universal life truth. Life can be a struggle, but just keep going. Thank you for sharing.

  • ferry said on August 15, 2009

    you got me.

  • Lain said on August 16, 2009

    I just watched your PDN presentation. From that I started looking around on your site. I found this video and love it. You could not have said it better. The imagery is beautiful as well.

  • Al said on August 16, 2009

    Hi Zack, hope your dad gets well soon. Had a similar experience w/ my dad last year, know how it felt. Just prayed for your dad for his recovery man.

    btw, nice video.

  • Daz said on August 19, 2009

    Hope the beard keeps growing till your 56, that will be a photograph.
    Thanks for the gentle insistent push.

  • Michael Juiliano said on August 20, 2009

    wow. i can’t say anything that isnt said above me.

    just “wow”

  • Jimmy Moore said on August 20, 2009

    Zack, thanks for the thoughts, I am 70, been a photographer since I was 16. You video is the first really creative thoughts I have seen in years. It hits the heart. Keep shooting, do some more video, I have an Avid too, it’s another way to communicate with photography. Thanks, jimmy

  • Kate Beard said on August 22, 2009

    Watching this has touched me, so much which shows you don’t need to be a photographer to appreciate what you are saying. This relates to everyday life as well and I thank you for your raw inspiration.
    From a photographers daughter……
    Kate (Australia)
    P.S. Dad is still crying every time he watches. It’s beautiful…….

  • Len Beard said on August 22, 2009

    Ken at KY. you have a very hard shell my friend, maybe you should film war zones.

  • Cat Ward said on August 23, 2009

    I’m one of those new photographers who totally sucks right now, this was so fresh, so encouraging. Thank you!

  • Eric Langlois said on August 24, 2009

    OH.MY.GOD. seriously 10 of the most inspirational minutes I’ve seen since I can remember. I can’t believe I’m only seeing this video now. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU.

  • Giles Penfound said on August 25, 2009

    Hi Zack,
    you blog was recommended to me by a close friend and fellow photographer, all I really want to say is thank you. Sometime one needs to hear another voice that says all will be well, because indeed it always has and always will be, we just need reminding sometimes…

  • Adam C. Erickson said on August 25, 2009

    That’s exactly what I needed to hear right now. Reminds me where to put my priorities and what’s important in life.

  • Linda Hall said on August 26, 2009

    Crap, this really made me cry this morning. It hits so many nerves. How dare I even begin to think I could “be” a photographer. I think of selling my equipment because I feel like it’s all pointless, but then I look at it, and know that it would physically hurt to part with it.

    I will do what I love, it will be what it will be.

    Thank you for letting “us” know we’re not alone. God Bless You for sharing what we’re all afraid to share.


  • Patrick said on August 26, 2009

    Zack – Thanks so much. I’m not a photographer, but nonetheless this hit me in the chest. It came home in the part about your father. I lost my father last year and I thought those same things, and he couldn’t talk back to me.

    Thanks so much for this.

  • jc cangilla said on August 26, 2009

    loved the video. it comes into my life at exactly the right time–i am currently collecting perspectives on how to live your life, how to pick your career and how to get the most of life. the vid helped validate some of the smarter things I have been hearing. thank you!

  • garrey faller said on August 26, 2009

    I just wanted to say that I saw your video when you originally blogged it…and again just now when my friend posted it on facebook.
    Truly great stuff. You have a remarkable talent. Well done.

  • Chris S. said on August 26, 2009

    I watch this video on bad days, tired days, days when I’ve just shot some stupid party and hate the glorified snapshots of people with more money than sense. It connects so absolutely with the way I feel as a photographer that I had to comment, to say thanks Zack for sharing. For reminding me that it’s not always a perfect existance, that my gameplan is going well but it won’t always be smooth. To recognise the importance of appreciating everything I have and to embrace the long haul. Thank you for reminding me why it’s worth it 😀

  • Lake Tahoe wedding photographer said on August 27, 2009

    Amazing! Thank you so much for this video! It’s priceless!

  • Tammy said on August 27, 2009

    Hi Zack,

    You’ve obviously done something big, for a lot of people…You’ve inspired 778+ people. A friend recommended your blog and it couldn’t have come at a better time. At mid life, I have quite the corporate world to find my voice and develop the skills to help people tell their stories thru video. Your story has inspired me to find the way to move forward. Thanks!

  • Marlo Yoshimoto said on August 27, 2009

    wow . . . thank you for sharing that with us. Meghan thank you for pushing Zack.

  • Howard Harawitz said on August 29, 2009

    Thanks Zack. You’ve said much in your short video and you’ve said it beautifully. Cheers!

  • Sharlane Chase said on August 29, 2009

    Three weeks ago I quit photography. I announced it all those people who bring me work. I quit for all the reasons you said in your film. I thought to myself, I will finish out this season and then I’m done. Something happened though; after a shoot that allowed me only 3 hours sleep in 48 hours, I had this same epiphany that you so beautifully made into a film; we are making our living with a camera. That’s all we’re doing. It’s a damn fine way to earn our keep. I feel recharged and extremely lucky to do what I do now. I am not curing cancer, but I am watching my daughter’s school play at 11am. We are so lucky to do what we do. Thank you Zack for reminding me how lucky I am.

  • Robert said on September 1, 2009

    Thank you very much for this inspiration!

  • Emma Sharkey said on September 3, 2009

    Mind blowingly awesome!

  • Denver Portrait Photographer said on September 3, 2009

    literally brought me to tears,… and I’m not usually that emotional. Great stuff man. Great Great Great Stuff.

  • Christie said on September 4, 2009

    You have no idea how badly I needed to hear this. You are somthing else. Thank you.

  • Severin Sadjina said on September 5, 2009

    I just wanted to thank you for those words and the video!

  • khai said on September 5, 2009

    thank you from half the world away in asia. truly appreciate the work, the words, the emotions and the inspiration to live on and move on…

  • markspomer said on September 6, 2009

    Powerful. Mastery >>> You should really consider moving into movies or documentaries … I haven’t been moved like that in years. I’ve been following you as i”m just moving into photography, at 52, from an entrepreneurial world for a new way to be creative. Does growing “gray goatees” make us to this stuff? Thanks Zack. Well done.

  • Valerie said on September 6, 2009

    Wow! This little video is extremely inspirational. THANK YOU…Thank you for all you are making me think about.
    Greatly appreciated… You are a mentor to me. Thanks. Valerie.

  • CEpp said on September 12, 2009

    From now on, I will be showing this to all of my photo students.

    Thank you for being so honest.

  • Susie Hamidi said on September 14, 2009

    thank you.

  • Paolo Lamperti said on September 21, 2009

    Tears in my eyes and a strange sensation in my guts… your words have reached deep in my soul.

    I’m a richer man know.

    Thank you.

    You are larger than life.

  • Clayton said on September 22, 2009

    Hey Zach,
    Just wanted you to know that someone just linked me your video here as a response to a thread I started on
    in the Artistic Talk section. It is the perfect response to the forum to make more personal honest and relevant work – to get over the obsession with technology. Great job, THANK YOU.

  • Kristian Rasmussen said on September 24, 2009

    Zack I keep on comming back to this post. It speaks to me on so many levels. Foremost it tells me to keep at it. Continue. Motivate myself to never stop.

    “Something has to stick” – even though you bought sticks in ikea…

  • Gary Jordan said on September 26, 2009

    First off Zack, thankyou. I went pro over 1 year ago after making the decision that you only get one chance in life to do what you love and love what you do. So I did it.
    The scariest thing I have ever done in my 31 years of life. Watching your video put some ease and perspective in the decision I made.
    I am taking your advice and heading on my way!
    I look forward to meeting you one day Zack, and hope to attend one of your workshops. I got the DVD and was soo blown away with your simplistic and effective teaching method. The info actually sank in from the first viewing.
    I was based in Miami but have since moved my studio back to my home country of Trinidad & Tobago in the Caribbean, maybe one day you can visit us islanders!
    Anyhoo, take care brother and keep on rocking it!


  • Shawna Herring said on October 1, 2009

    ugh. sigh. thanks.

  • adam Leahy said on October 5, 2009

    Here is a camera that does have a Richard Avedon button:

    If only…

  • Forest Shipps said on October 14, 2009

    Yes, I do suck less because of Scott Kelby!

  • said on October 14, 2009

    wow well said. i think you just saved a lot of burned out artist from either killing themselves our finding comfort in a cubical.
    video is very fitting for the talk. nice color fade in at the end. we forget that when it’s cloudy the sun is still shinning above, we all just dont have the luxury of having aerocrafts at disposal.

  • Connie said on October 19, 2009

    Phenomenal! I was completely moved, thank you for bringing your depth to the surface.

  • Justen Eason said on October 21, 2009

    Hey Zack,

    Just wanted to let you know that this video is still inspiring after almost a year. I’m going through the funk again and watched the video yesterday, went out to shoot, and came back with the best stuff I’ve had in awhile. Thanks again!

  • Jackie Lund said on November 5, 2009

    I’m glad a friend sent me the link to this video. This video describes exactly how I feel at the moment.

  • Bobby Alcott said on November 10, 2009

    Good Gravy, it’s like we were riding the same wave.

    Zach, everything you do is completely inspiring, man. Thanks, at this late date, for doing this. I was absolutely getting prepared for the inevitable December Drought, as I call it — no work, no sun, no inspiration. Now. I’m going to go about it in a different light… knowing how many others are going through it, too!

    Best of everything to you and your talented family.

  • Thom said on November 14, 2009


    I’ve given this some thought for quite some time…about who you really are, as a person.

    I’ve come to the conclusion that you are a messenger. Your mission (whether you know it or not), is to deliver powerful information and inspiration to many, many people.

    The way you speak, the information you bring…is on a totally different level than any other pro photog I know (or have heard of). Your message resonates in the soul of those listening, and that’s something amazing.

    Thank you.

  • Mike O'Brien said on November 21, 2009

    Hi, Zack–

    Thanks for your insights and wise words. Hope your dad recovers his voice and you get the chance to say what’s in your heart.

    Your questions moved me to write back. One way for me to get some perspective on life is to consider where we’ve come from.

    New stars began forming from gases about 15 billion years ago. Many exploded into novas that created the elements from which we are made. The oxygen we breathe was made in stars. The water in our cells formed billions of years ago in space.

    Our planet formed about 4.5 billion years ago, and life began soon after. Among the earliest living creatures were the bacteria.

    Those first creatures have lived and evolved through millions of generations. You are the latest in an unbroken chain of life going back to the formation of Earth itself. The universe, earth and life have gone to a great deal of effort to put you here, now.

    You, Zack, are unique in all the universe.

    The odds against your existence are enormous. If a different one of millions of sperm had met that egg, you would be someone else. Or if your grandparents never met, or if your great-grandfather hadn’t emigrated to America, or your great-great-grandmother hadn’t gone to the fair, you would not exist.

    But you did win the cosmic lottery. Against all odds, you do exist. You have life.

    Life is what Earth creates. Every life today contains all lives that went before. We can be grateful to our ancestors.

    You have the opportunity to use your unique life, to give life to next generations, both your own kind, and to other living creatures.

    We’re still evolving. Maybe you’ve looked at the paintings in Lascaux or Chauvet from artists of 25 or 35,000 years ago. Tantalizing to recognize some of ourselves, especially in those handprints.

    Your images mirror your soul. They reflect care and love. Clearing away doubts and questions, reveals true feelings. I see a trustworthy soul, a reliable guide through life.

    Best wishes,


  • Milosh said on December 1, 2009

    Thank you Zack, very much.

  • Olivia White said on December 14, 2009

    Steven Skelton sent me this video… he found my photography on Facebook and Flickr and we chatted for a little bit… I’m only a sophmore in college trying to find my way into the photography world…. this video is really what I needed to hear. Thank you!
    -Olivia White

  • Matthew Dutile said on December 17, 2009

    Damn dude. Solid. Just solid.

  • Albert said on December 18, 2009

    Hiya!. Thanks a bunch for the blog. I’ve been digging around for info, but i think i’m getting lost!. Google lead me here – good for you i suppose! Keep up the great information. I will be coming back in a couple of days to see if there is updated posts.

  • Jens of Sweden said on December 22, 2009

    Great video. Make sense, substance. Cheers from Sweden…yes you´ve reached all the way to Europe.

  • John McGregor said on December 22, 2009

    I was in a store yesterday and I asked the young owner why he decided to open a tea shop. He said, “my father told me if I wanted to be good at something, do something I like”.

    Your video reinforces that message. Thanks.

  • Ian Livesey said on December 30, 2009

    Just awesome. Nothing more to say.

  • chris said on January 1, 2010

    Zack, thanks so much for sharing this very inspirational video! Keep moving forward…might take us more time than we like, but we will get there!

  • ben hopper said on January 2, 2010

    zack i love you
    if you’re ever in london i’m buying you a pint of beer.

    we’re fb friends.
    ben hopper

    happy new year!

  • Matthew London said on January 2, 2010

    Brilliant Zack.
    Somehow managed to miss this when it came out. Glad I finally got the chance.
    Absolutely brilliant.

  • nicole walker said on January 7, 2010

    on point
    on point

    keep on keeping on
    you’ve gone this far

    It’s so nice to hear from a another creative to know that I am not alone

    Your wife has a beautiful voice I will look out for her album

    THANK YOU soooo MUCH
    HaPpY NeW yEaR!

  • silberstudios said on January 11, 2010

    Zack- A truly classic piece on photography, and the photographer. a must watch for any and all photog’s.

  • bryan lathrop said on January 12, 2010

    I just found my way back to this gem (for the 10th time) and it’s just as fresh and poignant as it was when I first found it a year ago. And again I’m grateful that you created this little masterpiece. Looking forward to meeting you next month at the OLW in Atlanta.

  • Kim Mallory said on January 19, 2010

    Wow.. I don’t feel so alone in the world tonight… that was amazing..

  • Ashley Cook said on January 20, 2010

    Very inspirational to a beginner like myself. Thank you!

  • Nikita Buida said on January 24, 2010

    Very cool and moving video! We all do have periods like this in our way. Thank you, Zack!

  • Kevin said on February 10, 2010

    The right words at exactly the right time. Thank you my friend. Peace.

  • Srikanth said on February 11, 2010

    Ever get that feeling that someone who you never knew, or will never know, probably feels more like you than anyone else…

    Thats how i felt

  • Jessica Price` said on February 16, 2010

    This is amazing, thank you for sharing.

  • Andrew Azis said on February 20, 2010

    Truly inspirational, Zack. Exactly how I felt right now. Thank you so so much!

  • Jacques (@fotofreq on twitter) said on February 21, 2010

    This video was a real eye-opener. Some amazing and convicting truths here. Thank you, most sincerely, for the wake-up call!!

  • Michael said on March 9, 2010

    Struggling to “fit in”, this said it all. This takes much of the pressure away… all that remains is my desire to make images that please ME!
    The rest will fall into place… or not.

  • Natalie said on March 11, 2010

    I was in a total funk today. I see this video, it was right on target. :)
    Thank you for an objective mind space.


  • Salomão Fresco said on March 20, 2010

    Hi Zack!

    I’ve reached this page by following a post on MostlyLisa’s blog.

    As an amateur photographer, i’m having also doubts about my capabilities.

    Thanks for the inspiring words.
    I’m sure i’ll keep following your advice!

    Regards from Portugal


  • Alicia said on March 20, 2010

    Zack – saw you today at PCU2010… love you (of course!) and had to check out this much talked about video. It spoke to me in ways I cannot define… entirely appropriate considering the subject matter. I’ve been feeling what you described and I finally feel out of it – ready for something huge to hit me!

    Thank you!

  • Cindi said on March 22, 2010

    So much of what you said hit home. I often feel like I struggle to fit in and I have my share of dark days but, yes, I am on my way.
    I was inspired by you at PhotoCamp Utah and this moved me again. Thank you :)

  • Mike C said on March 23, 2010

    Zack – Just watched the video that was deep, most people can only feel what you so eloquently put into words. I often wonder what is my niche in this crazy world of photography and after seeing this video I can say I want it to be paying my mortgage with my camera, in whatever capacity that may be. You inspire others and for that you are truly blessed.

  • Melissa Papaj said on March 23, 2010

    Zack! You are amazing! This video completely hits home for me. I can’t tell you how often I do all of these things. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I enjoyed you at PhotoCamp Utah and I’m enjoying you even more now.

  • Barb Rice said on March 25, 2010

    I had the privilege of sitting in on your “Stuff You Need to Know to Be a Photographer” session this evening at PSW 2010: Orlando. Whoa. I so very much appreciate your candid approach to the art and to life. I will not be afraid!

    Perhaps one day soon, I will take that big step forward with my 15 ‘best’ photos, slap ’em into a Web site and wait expectantly for my turn to serve a bunch of interested (and hopefully paying!) someones who will entrust me with their moments and memories.

    God bless you and your family, Zach.

  • Barb Rice said on March 25, 2010

    Dangit! Sorry I misspelled your name, Zack.

  • Kathy Porupski said on March 27, 2010

    We recently met at P.S.W. Have to say you were one of the most influential and inspirational instructors I was fortunate enough to spend some time with! Your video like the time you spent with my stobist members Thur. night spoke in volumes! Thank you for sharing yourself with us this week and for influencing so many of us!

    Tampa Bay Strobist and Photoshop Collective Group

  • Jose Ramos said on April 5, 2010

    Zack – I can’t tell you how much I can relate to this video. All of it. From the funk and depression, to the satisfaction of work and the loneliness at the prospect of losing a father (mine has Leukemia and has been in and out of the hospital for the last 6 months). Thank you.

  • Sal Frenda said on April 5, 2010

    i’m totally blown away. it’s exactly the type of video i’d make, if i didn’t suck so much. and Meg’s music couldn’t have been more perfect. truly wow. with that much talent in your family, i weep for the rest of us once your boys start doing whatever art they choose to do. 😉 thanks for taking the time to do this. you’re both inspirational. now i need to find that music.

  • miami wedding photographer said on April 16, 2010

    Very nice work!

  • Jesse Coss Photography said on April 28, 2010

    Zack— Thank you for the inspirational video. It really hit the spot.

  • Sasha gitin said on April 30, 2010

    beautiful thing! i am with you brother…

  • jessica wilcox said on May 3, 2010

    Your beautiful words touch my soul. Thank you for sharing such a moving video!

  • CT Wedding Photographers said on May 14, 2010

    Wow…I thought I was the only one who felt this way. Well said brother..well said. Thanks for having the guts to post this…it has inspired many.

  • Wedding Photographer Surrey said on May 20, 2010

    Great video Zack, thanks for sharing

  • Ahmad Salman said on May 24, 2010

    hey Zack,

    I’m Ahmad all the way from Saudi Arabia.

    and i just want to thank you for creating this video. it is so amazingly inspiring.

    and yea, Meghan’s song is so beautiful also.

    thank you, thank you a lot!

  • Jess Marshall said on June 1, 2010


    Thankyou for showing us you. raw and as you see it. Truly inspiring! You hit so many nails on the head and spoke so directly to me, right now.

    I am so greatful to come across this today!

    As winter joins us here in the South West of Australia :) x

  • lauren waye said on June 1, 2010

    Freakin brilliant! Just what I needed at this very moment. Obviously you have spoken to so many people’s heart. We all have a purpose and place in this world, even if it is quiet and unrecognized. :)

  • Marty Portier said on June 9, 2010

    Just finished watching a great 2hr live stream with you and Chase Jarvis!

    Though i’d check out this video that you mentioned… Wow! What can I say that 900 people before me have not already said?!

    A mesmerizing visual piece that poked and prodded my mind and emotions.

    THANK YOU for putting yourself out there in such a raw and vulnerable way and above all, being so completely honest with us and to yourself.

    Very inspirational stuff and I thank you again for sharing, Zack!

    From Brisbane, Australia

  • ana said on June 19, 2010

    I’ve watched your video three times already; and I am impressed. Impressed at your sincere thoughts, at your deep feelings, at the way you speak your heart out. And Meghan’s voice just leaves me … so absolutely emotional.
    Thanks you two. together. and alone too. you both have got so much inside.

  • zack said on June 19, 2010

    Thanks Ana.


  • Kevin Foster said on June 19, 2010

    This is going into my inspiration folder. Myself and friends are just starting out in photography. I have already heard some people say, “I can’t shoot like those people I see in the blogs”. I keep telling them that those people are only showing you their best work. Not to many people out their show the bad stuff. Like anything it takes time and practice to get your skills where you want them. I know I will make it their someday and for those days that I am down and can’t move forward I will come back to this video. I will understand that everyone goes through the same ups and downs. Thank you so very much Zack.

  • Dmitriy said on June 22, 2010

    Zack, you are truly amazing and don’t know it.

    I admire your humbleness, your honesty, and your courage to say it like it is. What you said really resonated with me. I feel the same way, but I could never articulate it so beautifully.

    Thank you!

  • Thomas Kuehne said on June 23, 2010

    Zack, that was a very profound and intelligent piece. It went beyond photography; it was rather about life as such.

    Great stuff and I loved Meghan’s music. Will try to find out whether I can buy a CD with the music of the soundtrack.

  • Lee Shaw said on July 4, 2010

    wow, I’ve wanted to do something like this in blog form for a long time, based on the music industry, I don’t think I need to now, you really put this together well, it transcends in alot of ways, to any type of artist.

  • Anders Helgerud said on July 8, 2010

    Zack, this was really touching. I didn’t know of you or your site until a friend of mine posted this video on facebook. But it doesn’t matter, because I can really relate to what you’re saying. It’s tough to stare at you own photos for the billionth time and not see anything but pure crap when you were so happy with the same photos the first time you saw them on the screen or in the darkroom. Whenever that feeling comes it’s hard to find a reason for doing anything, especially if you are going through something in a different part of your life. Such as with your father. It all becomes about perseverence and belief in a better and brighter tomorrow. Because everyone will at some point be confronted with a problem that they can’t fix, at least not immediatly. And the strength is not always there to work out problems that take time to resolve. This might sound a little melodramatic, but I guess all you can hope for is to come out still standing.

    So thank you very much for making me realise that I’m not the only one doing this to myself. It helps a great deal. I hope your creative soul survives the coming winter. Enjoy the rest of the summer!

  • Jimmy said on July 10, 2010

    Thats was touching, inspiring and good to know that I am not the only one who has those thoughts and feelings.

    A BIG thanks for sharing. :)

  • Joe Smith said on July 10, 2010

    you spoke everything in my mind and on my heart. is it the curse of the artist to suffer for his/her art?
    perhaps, perhaps not but, it is what it is and in the immortal words of Popeye, ‘I yam what I yam…’

  • Ryan Araneta said on July 17, 2010

    Thank you Zack!!!

    you truly inspire me to push myself!

  • Anders Bohlin said on August 3, 2010

    Thank you so much!

    Just what i needed to hear!

  • Nadine Menezes said on August 12, 2010

    Thank you so much for this video. For speaking from your heart and not being afraid to reveal the hopelessness that all artists must go through. I’m just starting out and your words resonated with the core of what I’m going through. Thank you.

  • J. Campbell said on August 17, 2010

    Wow… This is great. I think you do have it figured out.

    Thanks for sharing.

  • Ron Rothbart said on August 19, 2010

    Cool! I just finished reading the book “Art and Fear”. This wonderful (and funny) video is a great companion to that wonderful book.

  • Megan said on September 9, 2010

    I just bumped into your video. Thank you, THANK you, THANK YOU!

  • Nancy Cuppy said on September 10, 2010

    I am one of those photographers who suck. I am working on not sucking, until then I will continue scrubbing toilets to help pay the bills. I will say a prayer for your dad. Thought provoking video!

  • Styished Modeling Site said on September 11, 2010

    This is great, Thank you Zack.

  • Morten Hjerde said on September 17, 2010

    I watch this video every time I need to remind myself to keep pushing it.

    It is truly a work of art.

  • Patrick van Wijland said on September 21, 2010

    Thanks Zack for the video and your wise words.


  • Joe Sanfilippo said on September 30, 2010

    One of my favorite videos on the web! A true inspiration!

  • Steve said on October 21, 2010

    I watched this on the day it wss posted and have just watched it again, over 18 months later and it is just as powerful if not more so the second time around.

    I thought about this video many times over the last winter and it definitely made the short, cold days easier, knowing that even if I was in a minority it was a sizable minority.


  • Sachin Khona said on November 1, 2010

    Thank you Zack..

    I’m still new to this but am learning and persevering..

    Thank you for the reminder..

    All the best to you and your fam’


    Sachin Khona

  • Candice said on November 3, 2010

    I am a glassblower, not a photographer. But this video applies to anyone that endeavors to create. You have spoken a deep truth in a beautiful way. Thank you

  • barry said on November 4, 2010

    zack i cant stop watching this piece of “totally from the heart” media you having truthfully bared to the world. i salute you its like you have pulled my deepest thoughts and emotions from me and turned them into my dream and shared them with everyone !
    these dark days are upon us and making matters worse a credit crunch umberella we all shelter under or rather try to !
    you have so nailed this perfectly all the bitching under cutting slagging off wow its like god has just given me another breath of life !!!!

    im gonna shoot what i wanna shoot and dont give a damn what anyone else thinks

    Zack thank you for sharing

  • Denise said on December 4, 2010

    Thank you so much i found this video at the perfect moment :)

  • Erin said on December 6, 2010

    Needed to leave a comment on this… THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH!!!! thank you thank you.

  • Keane Chan said on December 19, 2010

    Thanks for this moving video, I just came across it.
    The struggles of the artist is something we all can relate to



  • Scott Longman said on April 19, 2011

    Damn that was good. It’s amazing what art can do.

  • Mike Moore said on April 29, 2011

    Wow! That was brilliant. Thank you.

  • Mark Chaudhary said on April 29, 2011

    Zack, I was watching your presentation on CreateLive and found this during a break. That was wonderful. Thank you.


  • Rob King said on May 4, 2011

    Dude I just about cried watching this. So sharp and to the point. Thank you.

  • Joey Tichenor said on May 9, 2011

    After this lump in my throat clears, I’m going to go shoot a tree=) This is why you are where you are(ROCK STAR). Your real, honest, humble and endearing. Thank you for speaking out loud from the voice in all of us.

  • Troy Braun said on May 11, 2011

    Very nice. Well done. As a rep/agent for commercial photographers I now have any even better understanding of why
    you folks are such a pain in the butt! Just kidding of course. I also teach photography portfolio at a college in town and I intend on sharing this piece with my class who are graduating this week. It will be a nice send off and something I think they will watch again and again. Thanks for the excellent post!

  • Jon Rowe said on June 23, 2011

    Zack, I took your One Light workshop in salt lake city in April, and it changed my life. I was just stalking your work while taking a break and found this…and again this 15 minute video has had such an impact I can’t put into words.

    Thanks for being so transparent and putting your entire self out there. I know you have to realize you realy are helping “photographers” as a whole, but I truly don’t think you realize to what extent.

    Thanks for everything bud

  • Tammy said on July 8, 2011

    Hi Zack,

    Just wanted to let you know what an awesome job I think you did on this. From the ‘background’ video to your narration, I found this to be a very compelling piece of work, not only for photographers, but for every person in every aspect of life.

    Well done.

  • W said on July 8, 2011

    Scott Bourne’s blog post sent me back here and I can’t believe this is the first time I have seen this. Your opening said everything I have thought about myself as a photographer. And I thought I was alone in beating myself up. Thanks for your deeply inspirational message. Until I can shake your hand in person, consider this my sincere thanks to you. Message heard. Loud and clear.

  • Nathan Smith said on July 9, 2011

    Within seconds of watching this video I was out the door and finally doing the things I have should have been doing all along. Slow and steady wins the race!! Thanks for the kick in the ass!

  • Jonny said on July 31, 2011

    As a very recent blow in to the world of photography. I’m still at and more than likely will stay at the “suck” stage for a long time to come.

    I really liked the video and the fact that it will have an impact on everyone no matter what skill level. I think I have just started to look at photography from a different perspective since watching this but only time will tell. lol

    Fantastic video and thanks for doing it.

  • Lili Riecken said on August 3, 2011

    Wow! Uplifting inspiration!! This is like Canon being Prozac and you my Therapist. That’s all I need to turn life around, back towards my dreams and fill it up with positive thoughts. A daily dose of Zack’s advice.
    Thank you!

  • Todd Davidson said on August 9, 2011

    Zack, Great piece. thanks for your honesty. We all have those times, you have done awesome at using it to fuel your next endeavor. Keep being led, and refining yourself personally. The work will follow.

  • Josué Braun said on August 15, 2011

    Amazing, Zakk. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Louise G said on August 15, 2011

    Wow. Thank you for recording this. I need it a lot right now. And I can relate to the winter depression. It is winter on this side of the world and I am in a funk. Thank you for your insight. Your wife is also incredibly talented, loved the song!

  • Tamsin Lambert said on October 21, 2011

    My heart and mind Thank You.

  • Susan Hydzik said on October 21, 2011

    Amazing. Really great message… thanks!

  • Mladen Popovic said on October 21, 2011

    Great video, great blog, very inspiring.

  • Jim McKenzie said on October 21, 2011

    I completely understand how you feel. Brilliant! Thanks for sharing.

  • Patty Jasso said on October 21, 2011

    INSPIRED…. you rock!

  • Peter Mercado said on October 24, 2011

    Zack, you’re one of the reasons I/we suck less. Hope to see you in PDN again this week.

  • JK said on November 5, 2011

    My last comment here was over 2 years ago. I still remember this video very well. Thanks Zack!

  • the quiet photographer said on November 5, 2011

    I ca only say grazie, thanks

  • michael murphy said on November 7, 2011

    I often come back to this video for the oddest of inspiration that it gives. it is the true voice or voice in our heads that we feel so often. thanks

  • Tony Westmoreland said on November 14, 2011

    What a great film! Thanks for sharing! Poignant, thought provoking, and inspiring. I’m going to share this with my musician family. The concept applies as strongly in that venue too. Not to mention, the film itself is creatively done. Hat’s off!

  • Ross said on December 4, 2011

    Thank you. Amazing words – helps put what we do into perspective.

  • David Pelikan said on December 11, 2011

    Self-doubt (I suck), like fear, is a signal to do something to remedy the situation. If you think you suck (and you might or might not), you need to address that nagging fear. Nervousness, fear, doubt, and a whole host of other emotions are just louder signals amidst all the other input clamoring for attention. They rise above the din because they represent the greatest opportunities to do something and become who you can be.

  • Tampa Bay Photography said on January 5, 2012

    I remember seeing your guest blog post on Scott Kelby’s blog. Very moving video. Thanks for sharing.

    Tampa Photographer
    Tampa Wedding Photographer
    Tampa Senior Pictures

  • Alex Smith said on January 22, 2012

    spot on, it’s like mojo emigrates yearly and occasionally returns to breed :/

  • Blaise - French Riviera Photographer said on January 29, 2012


    Wow. This was beautiful and touching.

    Don’t be depressed. You’re a celebrity. I can maybe name half a dozen internet famous photographers – you’re one of them. Your propensity to share puts you at the top of a new type of photographers.

    Thanks for everything.


  • Blaise - French Riviera Photographer said on January 29, 2012

    Oh – also forgot to say that the music is superb!

  • Tom said on January 30, 2012

    I can never get tired of watching this video. Its real. It’s truth. It really shows that there is so much more than the click of the camera. A photographer is so much more than the click of a button. We are people too. Thank you Zac for letting the world in on the life of one man who happens to be a photographer.

  • david said on January 31, 2012

    This is so inspiring! I have been in a lot of situations similar to yours. great vid zack 😀

  • Wushi said on February 1, 2012

    This is the first time I’ve watched this video, although I’ve watched your dvd’s and show on Creative Live.

    I’m glad to see you’ve pulled out of the hole you were in and became such an artist.
    Very inspirational video!

    Thanks for all the knowledge you’ve shared.
    Props from around the world, in Mozambique!

  • Law Smith said on February 23, 2012

    Just saw this on a different site, but I had to see it again!
    Ok first of all Zack rules lol, this totally makes up for the money I wasted yesterday watching “Ghost Rider Vengeance”That really sucked!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!But on a serious note,I found this son inspiration on two levels, one for my photography,which I will be the first to admit is not the greatest but I keep trying AND LEARNING! Secondly to stop and acknowledge the really important things in life,family,love,friends and the greatest that God’s created in this earth.
    Once again thank you Zack and Glyn for posting this!

  • Box Canyon Blogger said on February 27, 2012

    I just stumbled across a link to this video on Richard Charpentiers blog. It is a snowy, windy day here in Ouray, Colorado… giving too much time to reflect on “the state of the Art.” It truly does suck on dark days, but your video re-insires artists to keep putting one foot in front of the other… trudge on… keep believing… create, or die.
    thank you so much.

  • Zack said on February 27, 2012

    @Box – Create or Die… Amen.


  • Thomas said on March 27, 2012

    Amazing video and thoughts. Although I’m just a hobby photographer and not planning to become a professional I find myself somewhere in your thoughts. Trying to find my style, to create photos that please myself and maybe someone else, too.

  • Rob Arnolda said on April 17, 2012

    Just watched this for the 4th time.

    Needed that.

  • Guto Jones said on April 19, 2012

    I’ve been in my shed for 10 years now. Your words re-ignite my fears and are pushing me to take pictures again.

  • Zack said on April 19, 2012

    @Guto – Glad to be of service!


  • Zemra Acarli said on May 14, 2012

    I watched it a few times…
    didnt get bored…
    each time I pay attention to different things…

    i am a fashion designer…
    my mission is building bridges…
    the name of my present collection ZAKARIA ;)))
    in the arabic world it means REFLECTION…I DID!
    will follow you…Z

  • Zack said on May 15, 2012

    @Zemra – That is really cool!

  • Nathan said on May 24, 2012

    Holy flipping…. dang this. this is the real deal man. struck me to the core, Same exact thoughts, feelings and emotions going on lately with me. this is true inspirational stuff

  • Mark Loader said on June 4, 2012

    Bookmarked it and watch it once a month. I assist at my friend’s photography courses and we recommend the students “go thou and do likewise”….indispensable….thanx from Downunder 😉

  • Alex Sablan said on June 15, 2012

    This is the actual post on Kelby’s site that led me to your blog. So deep, I am glad it touched so many people.

  • W.E. said on July 10, 2012

    Great clip, I appreciated down to earth perspective with some opening humor. I enjoy reading your meanderings, good stuff. On the road to wherever this camera is taking me, I continue to practice pushing the buttons!

  • Connie Anderson said on July 13, 2012

    Amazing piece! Wished I would have found you sooner, but so happy I found you now. I’ll be watching!

  • Rex Gigout said on July 15, 2012

    Zack, thanks for making and sharing this video. I just viewed it, finally, a couple of days ago, because the gadgets on which I had tried to view it earlier could not play it. (iPad, Sony VAIO with Vista) My wife’s ancient laptop with XP managed it just fine!

  • Anne Oswald said on July 16, 2012

    Zack this video is spot on. Thanks for making it. I feel like so many of us photographers ruminate over these same things, it is always nice to know we all deal with some of the same challenges!!

  • SJE Pix said on July 24, 2012

    WoW! I got here when looking for tips on seamless backgrounds. “Who’s this Zack guy?? Let’s see what he knows about seamless background”, I thought to myself. Then I spent half my day reading about his rant. Watched & enjoyed his Kai challenge and his portfolio.

    Then I stumbled on this short film. Meghan’s voice is amazing. Zack, thanks for making this short film. Freaking inspirational to say the least.

  • Robert said on August 2, 2012

    Thank you.
    Fantastic video, beautiful and honest.

  • Marcin said on August 7, 2012

    Thank you for that. It’s very motivating.
    Have seen it a few times and want to see a few more.

  • Billy Sauerland said on August 8, 2012

    I’ve watched this video a few times now, and will come back to watch it agin in the future I’m sure. It does help to keep things in perspective and to keep keepin’ on. I recently have made the decision to stop pushing the same boulder up the same hill. So I am moving on so I can push a different boulder up a different hill. We’ll see how that turns out. Thanks agin Zack, for the words and images.

  • DHgate said on August 23, 2012

    Amazing video, amazing message, amazing post

  • Adil Photography said on December 22, 2012

    Awesome, thanks bunch Zack, I watched this about 4 times now very inspiring.I’m the early stage of my photography career and I needed this.

  • Johnny Hartig said on February 17, 2013

    Your film and music was a motivation for me and really like the danish Cafe Noir style. 100% Black with a twist.
    And then get re-affirmed from all the replies you get, that they are in the same boat.
    It’s now winther here and I feel the same way, but hey – spring is comming soon.
    Your film has motivated me to continue on my projects.

    Thanks again

  • Asian Wedding Photographer said on February 24, 2013

    Great video Zach…enjoyed it.

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