We had the good fortune of connecting with Brad Morris and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brad, do you have any habits that you feel contribute to your effectiveness?
I believe that one of the most important habits to cultivate is to dedicate a portion of your day to learning. Regardless of your area of expertise, you can pretty much be guaranteed that the field is evolving. If you are not constantly learning and updating your skills you will soon find that you have been left behind. Find different sources and methods of learning and honing your skills. Network with peers and share ideas, take an online course, read professional journals, develop relationships with individuals in different artistic fields. I’m a photographer but I get a lot of inspiration from artists in other mediums. Look for opportunities to stretch and get out of your comfort zone.
These habits not only help you to grow in your chosen field but they will help you to maintain and increase your passion for your art.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My father was passionate about photography so I guess I inherited some of that passion from him. He has dementia now and is not able to participate in my current artistic path. I spent over 30 years in global supply chain management and I enjoyed my career and the opportunity it provided to travel around the world. I usually didn’t have much time to take pictures but it did give me a greater appreciation for the various forms of scenic beauty you find everywhere, as well an appreciation of different people and cultures, and strengthened my desire to one day spend my time capturing the beauty of the earth and the people on it.
I’ve been retired for 3 years now and have spent as much time as possible learning about different aspects of photography, videography, and editing. I’m fortunate in that I don’t need to make money from photography to pay the bills but can focus my efforts on developing my art. However, this also comes with a disadvantage because I am starting much later in life, so while others my age have mastered their craft I have a long way yet to go.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I live in Utah and love the outdoors so I usually take visiting friends to one of the many incredible state and national parks or recreation areas. If it is winter we’ll probably do some skiing and if the snow is gone we’ll go boating on Lake Powell, or camp and hike/bike in the parks, and maybe play a little golf.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My biggest shoutout is to my wife, Karcie. She supported me in my desire to retire early and focus on an artistic passion that might not provide much financial reward. I also want to thank my children and their spouses for all the support and being willing to provide me with advice and constructive criticism about my work.