5 Things to Help You with Instagram by Oliver Asis

Instagram today is the most active photography community online.  Many photographers are using that platform to share their work, build community, and make friends.  With the popularity of Instagram today it may be difficult to get your work seen.  But by doing some things consistently and dedicating some time you can have your work seen.  In the following post I will share with you 5 ways to help get you


1.  Focus on your Instagram photos

Instagram is all about photos.  Select and share your best work.  Keep your photos consistent to a central theme or genre, like nature or food photography.  Don't mix.  Focusing on the certain genre of photography makes your Instagram account more attractive to your intended audience.

2.  Fill out Your Profile Completely

Your Instagram profile is very important.  This gives your audience a quick way to get to know you.  Fill it out completely.  Fill out your name, your handle, your website, write a 150 character long bio about you and your photography, and select a user profile picture of you, not your logo.  With this completely filled out it will make your profile look complete and give a better impression.  It only takes a couple of seconds for people to determine if they want to look at your Instagram or not.  Make a profile that makes them want to see more and get to you know.

3.  Follow Accounts in the same genre of your photos

Instagram is about community.  Find your community by following people you know, and take the same types or style of photographs as you.  Doing this you will get to know your follow photographers and they will get to know you.  Don't follow accounts for just to follow.  Follow them because you genuinely like their photographs.

4.  Engage

After following an account.  Engage with that account.  Look through their feed.  Like their photos.  Leave a them a genuine comment on their photographs, if you like it.  Let them know why.  And just don't do this once, check out their feed every so often and repeat the previously mentioned engagement method.  Do this enough with the account and they will return the favor by doing the same and even a follow you back.  And if you build a good rapport with each other, you could start a great friendship.

5.  Be consistent with your posting

To get some traction with activity on Instagram you need to engage with it daily.  Doing it once a day is great start.  However I have found doing it 2 to 3 times through the day, results with more activity.  Doing this helps to build your reputation and portfolio.  You audience is more likely to engage with you if you post daily than if you did it sporadically.  I suggest set aside a time to post and repeat it daily.  Over time you can lessen your post as your audience has grow accustom to you. 

Bonus:  Use Hashtags

One of the quickest ways to have your photo seen is by using hashtags.  Hashtags (#....) is a way to classify your work and have your work seen in different Instagram communities.  Some accounts or events will have "official" hashtags that you can use, so they can find your photo.  Use appropriate hashtags.  Do not hashtag your photo as #dog if it is a photo of a cat.  The audience searching #dog will see a cat photo and possibly get annoyed that you did this.  So keep things relevant.  And know you can have up to 30 hashtags per photo.

Continue the mention methods above and you have set yourself up for success.  Remember it will take some time to get a good quality following.  But with persistence, great work, and good quality engagement, you will have amassed a great audience for your work.

What other methods have you found work to get your Instagram photos seen?  Leave your response in the comments.

The San Diego Adobe CreativeJam 2016 - The Story by Oliver Asis

As of this writing, it has been a little over 2.5 months since the San Diego Adobe CreativeJam 2016 took place.  This post is a complete recap of the whole event from the start.

The Award for People's Choice - Best Smartphone Photo!

The Award for People's Choice - Best Smartphone Photo!

The story of the Creative Jam started with an email titled: Branden Harvey Sent Me....  

This subject line is one that you don't see everyday.  For me, the title stopped me in my tracks.  I thought, "Wait,...What?!"  Seriously this left me speechless.

Side note: The significance of the name Branden Harvey, means a lot to me.  First and foremost Branden is one of the coolest, nicest, humblest, and most amazing people I have ever met.  He is a talented photographer, storyteller, and all around great human being. Branden is one of the few people that I have had the very fortunate opportunity to meet via Twitter, Instagram, and OK! Do This app; made a internet friendship, and actually got to meet in person.  He is as genuine in person as he is on he's social streams.  If you are not following him on any social networks, you TOTALLY SHOULD.  I will share all of Branden's information at the end of this post.

With that, I clicked on the email from Megan Kirkwood, Senior Program Manager for Adobe Systems.  

The email was an invitation to participate in an event called a Adobe Creative Jam.  The Creative Jam was part photographer speaker series and part photography tournament.  And I was selected to participated in the photography tournament.

After reading through the email twice and checking out the included videos, I excitedly emailed Megan telling her of my interest and excitement to participate in the event.  A couple of days later I heard back from her confirming my participation.  That was a HELL YES moment for me!

The 2016 Adobe Creative Jam San Diego Photographer participants in the tournament.

The 2016 Adobe Creative Jam San Diego Photographer participants in the tournament.

A couple of days later, I check the website to see the event page.  And to my excitement I saw my name as a participant in the tournament.  And browsing through the other participants in the tournament I was excited and honored to be some very friendly and distinguished set of local San Diego photographers.  These photographers are friends and artist, who's work I admired and appreciated.  And to be in the tournament with them I felt equally nervous and excited!

Once I got the visual confirmation that I was participating.  This was my way to make sure that I wasn't dreaming.  I set out to share the news with friends and family.  One of the first people I told was one of my best photographer friends, Hollie & Randy.  I wanted to share the news with them because they were one of close photographers that knew me "when."  After telling a few more others, I set out to tell the rest of the world (at least my local world) that I was participating.

With the friends invited and with about a month to go, I set out continue my daily day to day.

Previously unreleased image consideration for the Adobe Creative Jam San Diego.

Previously unreleased image consideration for the Adobe Creative Jam San Diego.

And fast forward to Thursday, February 25, 2016.

"Today was the day!"  That was the first thought that entered my mind that morning.  I woke up at 5:30am that morning, excited and ready to tackle the day.  At 7am I would know the theme to which we tournament participants had to go and photograph.

So until 7am, I had to prepare to go work.  Yup, I said work.  For the Creative Jam, I decided to take a half day from work instead of taking a full day off.  The reason being was that I was working on a huge project and I had some deadlines that week to meet.  In addition to work that day.  I had a conference call and I had to get my haircut.  And somewhere in that crazy schedule find the time to photograph something for the tournament.

So at 7:03am, right before I was heading out the door I checked my email for the theme.  The theme of the Tournament was:


With the theme in mind and known, I headed out the door to do my commute to work.

Interstate 5 heading towards Downtown San Diego.

Interstate 5 heading towards Downtown San Diego.

On my commute, I kept thinking of the theme.  I thought; "How I can I show that?" "Where are there boundaries that I could photograph?"  Additionally, I was thinking; "Do I shoot it from high above?"  "Head on?"  "An abstract?"  I didn't know.  But I knew I had write these ideas down somewhere before I lost it.

One of my first ideas, was to photograph the BORDER.  We were San Diego after all and at our southern most end was the most obvious boundary; the International Boundary between Mexico and the United States.  This boundary is one of the most heated, fortified, and symbols of a boundary that holds many meanings such as Freedom and Security.  I initially thought that one of the other participants would go out and photograph it, so I immediately dismissed it.

But I had a lightbulb Moment!

So my idea for the photographs of the Border was to go to the beach were the border goes into the Pacific Ocean and make a long exposure of the boundary "disappearing" into the ocean.  However as much as I like this idea, I had to think if I had enough time to get it, travel home, and get ready for the event.  That was a factor I had to consider.  And I already had a small window to do this.

I knew that if I did this shot, I would also limit myself with my option of shooting locations.  In the end I decided not to pursue this idea in favor of having a few more photography options and also to give myself more time to prepare and get ready.

So as I arrived to work, I immediately settled down and started drafting out my engineering plans.  I put in a full 2 hours of work into the plans before I decided to take a break.  It was during this break, that one of my ideas of boundaries came to me.

Location of one of the shooting spots for one of my "BOUNDARY" photographs.

Location of one of the shooting spots for one of my "BOUNDARY" photographs.

The idea that I had was related to engineering and what I did.  I thought, that infrastructure was a boundary.  It was boundary in a sense that infrastructure, like roads separated and defined neighborhoods.  And I had one place in mind where I could photograph this idea.  So I noted that idea.  And that's when the second idea came to me.

The second idea I had was I wanted to show the invisible boundary that existed and had a large impact on San Diego.  That invisible boundary was the 500 foot limit that was imposed over downtown San Diego buildings.  The reason for this boundary was that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) had regulated that no building shall be taller than 500 feet tall if they were within 2 miles of any airport runway.  And the San Diego Airport was located about one mile away from the airport.  With this rule in place, it would limit and help define the San Diego Skyline.

Then I thought, I would take that idea and then combine it with the previous idea.  And on top of that I had a place in mind, that would be perfect for that exact photograph.

With two solid ideas in the bag, I went back to work and finished my work day.

I left work at 11:15 am and went to my coffee spot since I didn't get my morning coffee.  After acquiring my coffee, I had to head to my favorite local San Diego camera store to get a few things I need for the shoot and also for something I need for future travel.

And this is where things get interesting.

After getting everything I need from the camera store, I headed over to my bank's local ATM to get money for my haircut.  My barber only takes cash.   Well I figure I get the cash and chill out a bit and think about more shooting ideas, while I waited for my conference call at noon.  Unfortunately that didn't happen.

While trying to get money from the bank, my card decided to not work.  And I was unable to get any cash.  But I remember I had some cash in my car for emergencies.  And this was an emergency.  So I check my car for the emergency cash and it was no where to be found.  It was just then, I remembered that i had cleaned out my car and I forgot to put the cash back.  This was about the time that I had to make the decision to either go home and grab cash and then drive back to my barber.  From where I was at currently I was only a 10 minute drive.  But heading home would turn that drive into a 40 minute drive to and back to the barber.  And remember I had a conference call to take at noon and my haircut was at 1 o'clock.  And it was now 11:45 am.

It was then, that I decided I would head home to get the cash and head back to barber.  And I would take the conference call while I drove.  So then I rushed home as fast and safely as I could. Full disclosure: I drove around 90 miles an hour heading home.  :(

Making it home safely and without a ticket, I grab the cash, and rushed out of the house.  Breathing hard, I tried to relax and prepared to take the call.  So while I drove back to the barber I entered my conference call.  Luckily for me I had the time to take it and I gave my barber a heads up that I would be a few minutes late.  And about 5 minutes after my scheduled haircut appointment, my conference call ended and sat in the barber's chair to get my normal 3 week haircut.

This was serendipitous timing as I would look and feel fresh for the night's event.  :)

The infamous bike lane in the San Diego Banker's Hill neighborhood, that took away a traffic lane from cars.

The infamous bike lane in the San Diego Banker's Hill neighborhood, that took away a traffic lane from cars.

Sitting in the barber's chair gave me a full 30 minutes to relax and just enjoy the beautiful summer like weather.  It was while I was in the chair that I thought about one more idea for the shoot.  This idea's inspiration came from when another customer brought in their bike into the shop.

From that I thought, I will show the boundary between automotive public and the cyclist.  Giving some context.  Recently in San Diego news, there was an on going battle between cars and bikes.  And for some neighborhoods this was battle ground that formed boundaries within communities.  Additionally, this was also infrastructure related.

After getting my fresh and nicely primped haircut, I headed out to my first shooting location for the photographs that I needed.  

Additional shot from the Adobe Creative Jam.

Additional shot from the Adobe Creative Jam.

The first location I have shot multiple times before so I didn't take me long to photograph it.  However it was here that I got my final concrete idea for a photograph.  Playing along with a previous idea, I notice something else that would add another element to photo idea.  While on location, I notice that the fence, a boundary, had a hole cut into.  And I thought, well there's a story there.  (see photo).

Loving the idea of the mashup, I decided to incorporate all the ideas into one image.  I had to wait about 20 minutes for an airplane to land and get framed up for the shot.


Now with that location wrapped.  I decided to head to the second location of the shoot day.

I drove about 5 minutes south to the Banker's Hill neighborhood of San Diego.  I decided to come to this neighborhood to get a photograph of the bike lanes in the area.  The reason I choose this spot was that it provided me a vantage point that I could capture the whole scene.  I spent about 20 minutes wondering the streets in the neighborhood.  The challenge in acquiring the shot was waiting for a cyclist and a car to be side to side to each other.  I had to wait quite awhile to get it.  Once I got the shot.  I packed up and headed to the next location.

Heading to the next location took me about 10 minutes from the previous.  When I arrive at the corner of University Ave and Park Blvd I immediate found parking.  And then I grab the camera and walk out to the location to do a quick scout of the location.

I do quick scout when I arrive to locations to get a feel and understanding of the current site conditions, lighting, and if anything in general has change.  Doing this over the years has allowed me to know if it is a good time to shoot or to scrap the shoot and reschedule it.

After doing my scout of the location I felt that it was within my scope and vision of the final image that I wanted to create at the location.  So with that, I went for the shot.

The shot that I wanted to create at University and Park was a shot of University Ave as it headed east into North Park.  In the area there is a bridge that goes over the street and provides a beautiful eastern view of the street and the neighborhood.  And with the exception of a few powerlines, the view is unobstructed.

I spent about 5 minutes shooting at the locations before I decided that I did the best I could at that spot.  However it was then that I started to think that I didn't have enough shots to work with.  So I decided to walk for a bit to see if I see anything else to shoot that would go with the theme.

A couple of minutes later, I thought of one another place to get one final shot before I had to head home and grab the rest of the gear I needed for the event that evening.

Getting back into my car I headed to the University Heights neighborhood to get that one final shot.  Luckily for it was a quick 3 minutes away.  I headed to the very end of Adams Ave where I had an END sign.  I thought this would be a great image to show how a boundary simply told by a sign.  Arriving to the location, I quickly grab the photograph and called it a day of photography for the event.  I had completed what I wanted to do.  And I was good with what I have captured.


So now I had to head home and get the computer and get dress for the evening's event.

With the gear, computer, being freshly showered, and all dress up, I headed to the event.

The event was being held in downtown San Diego at a up and coming Co-Working spot.  Part of the tournament rules was that the photographs had to be "worked" at the event.  Starting at 5pm, every participant could start working on their photographs that they took that day.

Leaving my house at about 4:15pm, I made my way to downtown.  Being a Thursday I was going to experience some traffic.  And depending on the conditions, it can take a normally 20 minute drive and turn it into a 1 hour slow adventure of travel.  And for this event, I absolutely didn't want to be late.  Knowing that I made sure I gave myself some time to travel to the event.  

Well about 10 minutes away from home, I hit the wall of traffic of epic traffic and I was still about 15 miles away from downtown.  And at the rate that I was going, it was going to take me about 40 minutes to get to the venue.  So I took a deep breath, turned on the music to my playlist, and just seriously rocked out!  It was just then, that it hit me.  The realization and acceptance that I was participating in an event that I truly felt very deserving to partake in.  It was also knowing that I had a strong turnout of support from my fellow photographers and friends.  It seriously was going to be a great night!  And I thought, wether I won or not, it was just going to be a celebration.  Having the "feels", I started to rock out and had my own version of Car Karaoke.  (see attached Snapchat video).  You can say that I was completely happy and content with what was going on that day.  I freaking did it and loved it.

After totally rocking out in the car for the 40 minutes it took me to get to downtown, I arrived.  The space where the event was going to take place was a huge cavernous room.  The room itself was raised, a large stage as setup to the left, delicious food and drink was setup to the right and towards the back a full on setup of audio and visual equipment was setup.  This was, as I would say completely was "Legit!"  And behind a opening on the wall near the stage was the "room."

The room was the area, that Adobe set aside for the tournament participants to work on their photographs.  Setup with tables and workstation, each of us had a place to work on the photos that we took that day.  This room was also open to public to come in and watch us work.  This was huge.  After setting up my workspace, I went around the room and met my fellow photographers.

Then after meeting and making friends, I sat down at my workstation and got to work.  I excitedly and nervously downloaded my photos from the day's shoot.  I sat there thinking to myself, that I have done this multiple times before and I just had embrace my inner photographer "bad-ass."  So while the files downloaded I go myself into the zone and relaxed.  And once the files downloaded and loaded into Adobe Lightroom, I got into working.


While working on my photographs we were told that we could enter both categories for the tournament: Photography and Mobile Photography.  With that news I decided to enter both categories.  So that meant working on my photos from the day, I also had to select and work on photograph from my phone.

Copyright: Evan Yamada ( http://www.evanyamadaproductions.com/)

In selecting my photographs, I knew that I wanted to do something with infrastructure.  And I immediately went to the photograph that I took at Park & University earlier that day.  For me, it was a simple choice.  It was simple because I just felt it was the shot for what I thought of my concept (see below).  I was true to my initial vision for what I thought for Boundaries and it was also a true representation of who I am as a photographer.

Now with my photograph selected for one category.  I immediately went to my mobile photograph selection.  And for that one it was quite frankly easier for me to determine.  I selected one of the first photographs I took earlier in the day.  To me it showed the boundaries in a big way.  And on top of that it was a photograph that showed off what you can do with an iPhone.  (see below).  So with a couple of edits using some mobile apps, I was done.


Now with the images selected, edited, and submitted.  All I had to was wait to go on stage.  So with the main task completed, I headed out from the workstation room and headed to the main room.  While in the main room, I saw some of my friends outside waiting to come in so I headed out to them to say hello and see how they were doing.  It was such an pleasure to see so many friends come out that evening for a good time and support.  And having them there meant the world.  I never felt so loved by my friends and peers than that night.  They showed what true friendship is about.

About 2 hours past and a few presentation happen before all the the tournament participants were invited to the stage to present their images to the audiences and the judges.  The tournament winner would be awarded by the judges and the audience.  So it was up to each individual photographer to win their votes.  But I think it is safe to say that each and everyone of us participating was just happy to be there and have the honor to take part in it.

It was interesting to watch and listen to every photographer go up on stage and speak about their image.  Some told the story, some were short and sweet, and some just one word.  But when it came to me, I spoke and told the story and inspiration behind the photograph and how it related to the them of boundaries.  And I did that for both images.

Copyright: Evan Yamada ( http://www.evanyamadaproductions.com/)

By entering both categories, I had an opportunity to speak twice on stage.  It was my second talk about the mobile photo that I felt I truly told a story that represented who I was as a photographer and as a person.  In my talk, I told about how roadways can create boundaries, represented by the freeway.  Then talked about how the fence in the photograph represented a boundary that keep people from throwing things on to the freeway and confining people within the walkway.  And that the hole represented that boundaries can be cut and you just have to cut holes into the boundaries before to get the shots.  And finally I told the audience, that the plane wasn't there simply for looks but actually represented a hidden boundary that was imposed to the building of downtown San Diego.  And it was with those words that I left the stage and waited to see the results.

Waiting for the results was one of the most interesting and nerve racking things to ever witness, especially for the people's choice.  It was interesting in the fact that I as a participant got to watch the voting live.  Everyone was given a website to vote for their favorite image.  And the thing that made it nerve racking was that you got to see the results live.  So you watched as people submitted their votes and you would see how the voting goes.  One minute you are up and the next you are down.  It was crazy.

But after all of the thinking, time, photographing, editing, words, and nerves, the end result was that I didn't win the for the best Photograph of night.  But I did win, best SmartPhone Photograph for both the Judges and People's Choices!  I freaking took the both awards of the evening!  Holy crap, I did it!  I freaking won!!!  That was simply one of the most exhilarating things that has happen to me ever!  I still get the chills from thinking about it.  But wow, what a way for me to win!  In front of respected photographers, friends, and strangers.  It was a complete honor and humbling experience.  I'm so grateful for the opportunity.  And just like that the event and evening was done.  I did celebrate the victory with some awesome friends!

Janet Bark, Xavier Bailey, Oliver Asis (me), & Hollie Ward.

Janet Bark, Xavier Bailey, Oliver Asis (me), & Hollie Ward.

In conclusion, this whole experience started with that email: "Branden Harvey sent me..."  It just goes to show, that you have to check your emails.  But in all seriousness, what this whole experience taught me is that you never know where opportunities will come from.  And because of that you should always play nice with everyone you meet.  Genuinely want to get to know them and make friends with them.  And always keep in touch with them.  A simple Hello, How are you doing? every so often is all that is needed.  And while you do that you simply continue to work on your craft despite everything else.  Do what you were Born to do.

Thanks for reading!  :)

Learn more about the CreativeJam Here: https://nvite.com/CreativeJam/sand

Branden's Info:
Website: https://www.brandenharvey.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/brandenharvey/ 
Snapchat: @brandenharvey

Closing in on 1,000 Consective Days by Oliver Asis

At the time of this writing, it is Day #840 out of 1,000 days.  And I have yet to take my picture of the day.  Hopefully will soon I will take it.  "I can't mess up and miss a day now."

Those have been my thoughts over the last couple of months as I have continued my trek to a 1,000 days.  Here's some background on how this crazy journey started.  

The final photograph of the 365 - Year 1.

The final photograph of the 365 - Year 1.

It was in late December 2015, that I decided to take the simple project of a 365 photo project and go for the highlight of 1,000 consecutive daily photographs.  Now, if you asked me back then in 2013 that I would be embarking on a 1,000 day photography project, I most likely would not have been interested or I would have been stressed out about it.

But that hasn't been the case at all.  And I think it has to be due to the fact that I didn't make that a goal from the start.  Rather I changed the goal during the project.  The realization or thought of 1,000 days didn't come until later.  And over the coarse of doing this project, I discovered that it is okay to change the goal and that change WILL happen no matter what.  

Some of the tools I use during the 1,000 day photo project!  :)

Some of the tools I use during the 1,000 day photo project!  :)

Another factor with this project that kept me going and my nerves rested was that I was not doing it alone.  I had a great group of friends that help me along the way.  My friend Justin made a Facebook group for this project in 2014.  The group became a support system.  It was the place were we encouraged each other and shared our photography daily or weekly. ;)  Doing this kept me and my friends accountable to the project.  I can honestly say that without them there, the 1,000 day journey would not be happening.

Here's a side note with the 1,000 day project.  The 1,000 day project is happening because of my friends that I mentioned above.  It started out originally as a 365 photo project.  It was supposed to be only one year.  But when some of my friends didn't get to finish it their first year and wanted to do it again, I jumped in to help them.  And again, some didn't finished.  But instead of not completing the second year, I decided to go for it and complete year two.  It was then that I decided that ending at year two didn't seem like anything special.  720 days seemed basic and nothing incredible.  So I thought hard and long about what would make it seem like something special.  And that's when the lightbulb went off!  I'll go to a 1,000 days.  Hence the 1,000 journey was born.

So if it wasn't for my friends not completing their projects, I wouldn't be on this journey.  After writing that, it seems a little weird.  However, the case, they are a vital and important part in this journey.

Another reason that I haven't been stressed out about going to a 1,000 days, is that it has become a learned habit.  With any project, persistence and habits play a major role to its success.  During year one of this project, it took me a good two months to make it a habit without a daily reminder.  Once it became a habit, it become second nature and the stress of thinking, creating, and taking a photography of the day went away.  I knew without thinking about it I had to do it. So with that out of the way it was painless.

I will also like to note that there have been some very close calls with me missing a day.  The worst was when I took a photograph at around 11:56pm.  That was cutting it close.  The beauty of this project that it does push your limits, creativity, and goal setting to an extreme.  But like I like to stay if it doesn't kill you it will only make you better.

Follow me on Instagram: @oliver_asis

Follow me on Instagram: @oliver_asis

In top of having friends and it becoming a habit, the journey to 1,000 days has taught me the valuable lesson of taking time for yourself daily.  If not daily but at least weekly.  I have known how easy it is to not take care for ourselves.  Life happens, we get busy, and we become complacent, especially with ourselves.  It is highly important that we take the time to devote to ourselves.  To some, it can feel selfish, I too felt this.  But I have changed that stance.  And now self care is my number one priority.  It is above all else.

The reason, I change my opinion on this is because I realized that not taking care of myself is not going to do anyone any good.  And that I would not be able to accomplish all the things that I want for myself.  It has been a long road for me to see this but it is solely the truth.  I realized that at the end of the day, only you can devote the love and care to you.  Only you know what makes your tick, what drives you, and what makes you happy.   I understand now, that we can not make the way we feel about ourselves based on how others view or think about us.  Only we can make ourselves happy and sad.  It is only us.

Nothing is impossible.  :)

Nothing is impossible.  :)

The 1,000 day photography project has been a journey were I can tangibly see where my highs and my lows have been.  It is the place were I can see the people, places, things, and experiences that have highlighted my life.  Looking back at the days I've photography so far has been a way for me to travel back in time and re-experience the moments, memories, and feels of those days.  I can't think of a better project to all you to do that.

Even though, I only share 1 photograph to represent that day.  The photo, that represents the day helps me remember the moments and things that occurred during that day.  It is a cool thing to have.

So now with me closing in on a 1,000 days, it is coming apparent and this project is coming to a close.  Will I finish off the 3rd year?  Who knows at this point?  But in all likeliness, I will continue the project in some form.  

And how will I celebrate this milestone?  Well I don't have anything concrete yet but my vision is to have a photography show to showcase all the photos from this journey.  I know for sure that in some way I want to show what 1,000 days in a life is like.  So off, 2.5 years of photography.  And I would also take this opportunity to show other works that I have yet to highlight.  So stay tune for the details as they become more concrete.  Until then, I still have 160 days to go.

Thanks for reading.

Keep up with the project here:

Photo 365 - Year 1 - 2014

Photo 365 - Year 2 - 2015

Photo 365 - Year 3 - Journey to 1,000 days. - 2016

The final photograph of the 2015, Project 365!

The final photograph of the 2015, Project 365!



It's been 9 Months... by Oliver Asis

Hello!  It's been 9 months or more so since I last posted here on the blog.  I'm sorry.  This is the part were I tell you I was busy, I was doing this, and I was doing that.  Partly true and not the whole truth.  The truth is that I didn't make it a priority for me to do it.  I honestly didn't.  I rested on my laurels thinking that will help get me back into it.  Well it didn't.  I know that now.  And I regret that it has taken me this long to get back here and report.

This is part were I will make a Declaration / Promise to myself.  I promise to at least every week to post here and share something.  It can be anything.  Anything related to my photography journey.  So there is my promise.

I, Oliver Asis, promise to share and post here on the blog at least once a week for the foreseeable future with my photography.

With that now out of the way, let me give you an update via pictures.

1)  I visited my 18th and 19th National Parks; Redwood National Park & Death Valley National Park.

My friends, Randy, Hollie, Erin, and I at the eastern enterance into Death Valley National Park. 

My friends, Randy, Hollie, Erin, and I at the eastern enterance into Death Valley National Park. 

2)  I won the Adobe Creative Jam Mobile Photography category with both the Judges & People's Choice.

This was the winning image from the Adobe CreativeJam San Diego 2016!  Theme was Boundaries.

This was the winning image from the Adobe CreativeJam San Diego 2016!  Theme was Boundaries.

3)  I've become the President of the Professional Photographers of San Diego County (PPSDC).

4)  I've recently started working at 3rdSpace, it has become the official home of the business side of Oliver Asis Photography.

The 3rdSpace Town Hall meeting.

The 3rdSpace Town Hall meeting.

5)  I'm getting closer and closer to taking 1,000 consecutive photographs everyday since January 2014.  September 26th, 2016 will mark the 1,000th day!


6)  I've recently got involved in a photography project at my coworking space called; San Diego Unseen!


3 Ways to Executing Ideas by Oliver Asis

So here is a situation that I find myself in a lot lately; I'm surfing the internet via Facebook and Twitter mostly and you come upon something cool.  You click on the link.  And read the article.  After reading the article you get inspired and yearn to do something about it.  Then you take all that energy and plan out how you will accomplish that task.  But after that things fall into place and you don't do it.  Does this sound familiar?

The thing that I'm taking about is execution.  The idea of executing the idea.  As of late, I have found myself in this place that I would call a tough and a rough place.  I have these ideas and I can't seem to execute it.  So what is a guy to do?

Here are 5 things that I know have worked to get me out of this funk.

1.  Get the ideas Down on Paper (seriously)

I already mentioned that I do this a lot.  I have Moleskine note books filled with ideas that I have yet to execute.  And that is completely okay.   It is okay because the ideas are out of my head and somewhere tangible where they can be seen and also can be shared.  I don't have to think about these ideas because they have already been thought about and are out of my head.  Keeping such ideas in your head can be a problem because you will forget, lose, and not remember them when the time comes to execute it.  While having on paper, you have it out and somewhere you can reference in the future.  The only thing is, you can't lose the paper with the idea.  ;)

2.  Make a Schedule

Make and give yourself a schedule.  Make the time to go and do something.  It may not be the idea at hand but you have to do something at that set time and day.  The reason being is that you have do something is because you want to make it into a habit.  Practice this enough and you will find yourself doing and having more time to execute an idea.  I have found that doing a daily ritual such as taking a photograph can be hard at first but one it become a habit, it just another part of the day.  When this happens the effort "seems" less and doesn't feel like a burden.

3.   Share you ideas with someone

When you have some ideas one of the best ways to get them executed is to share it with a friend and family member that you will keep you accountable.  Sharing these ideas out loud with someone will not only provide your motivation to do but it will also give you an opportunity to build it.

The thing about having an accountability buddy is that he or she can keep on you on the progress of the idea and knowing that they are watching will keep you on your toes to continue.  I would suggest that you don't dictate when they check in with you rather let them do it on their schedule.  The best accountability buddies will do it when they observe you not making progress and will keep you on task.

So when you find yourself in a place where you can't seem to execute; write it out, make schedule for your ideas, and tell a friend or family member, having them hold you accountable.  And you will find yourself on the road back to executing your ideas.

How else do you get your idea executed?