We had the good fortune of connecting with Shea Bridges and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Shea, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
When it comes to taking risks for me there is almost always an unnerving feeling when I start. The bigger the risk the more that feeling presents itself, but, it is when that feeling comes around that the risk is always worth the reward. Risks are like training any skill. If you aren’t failing to some extent, you are not pushing yourself as far as you need to be and you won’t learn how to do it better the next time around, and most importantly, you won’t be able to evaluate yourself to the full extent could be.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Starting in the world of Photography was something I had always wanted to do since high school. Putting the adventure title in front of it was just a bit of a cherry on top. Being an outdoorsman and traveler it seemed like the thing to do, if you love being outdoors and traveling the world then why not find a way to make a living while doing it. The opportunities that have been presented to me since starting have been more than I have imagined. From the people I’ve met or places I’ve had access to has been worth all the risk. The biggest lesson I’ve learned since starting is, not to be afraid of failure, instead embrace it, learn from it and conquer it. The second thing is that if you love it, it dose not matter what anyone else thinks of it, and to begin living your life for you and not how others think you should life your life. Lastly, Never be afraid to try new things is just as important as not being afraid of failure, you might just be around the corner from your next big success.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Growing up my whole life in a small town, there’s not much to see or do that aren’t outdoorsy. The first place would be a hike around our biggest lake. Followed but a stroll downtown seeing our small businesses and getting some food at our lovely local diners. Lastly another hike. This time at night. There are so many stars to see up here, especially being so far away from an actual city.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My biggest shoutout is my mother. Single handedly she was able to raise my younger brother and I. Growing up it was just the three of us, She taught us how to play sports and push ourselves to always be a better version of us each and every day, even if its just 1% better than the last, and that we could have anything in life we wanted through hard work and a strong ethic. My other shoutout is my grandfather, who taught me everything I know about being a man. Everything from how to treat a lady to how to tie a tie. He wasn’t just a hero to me but a hero to our country as well, fighting in WWII and being the strongest father figure in my life. In my eyes, there was nothing that he could not do.
Shea Bridges Photography