what i learned in 2017 - june - july - august

After two years of not living at home, my parents asked me to come home for the summer between my junior and senior year of college. 

I wasn’t really sure it was going to be a great idea. It is really hard to go back and live at home when you have lived on your own and have experienced “freedom”.

It’s not that I don’t love my family, but I also love being independent.*

Well... I decided to come home.

I live in Podunk-Middle of Nowhere-Small Town Colorado and I was about to spend three months back in H-town.

Yay. Three months.

As a young photographer, I have been trying to decide what area I want to focus in.

I love sports and fashion and portraits. So these were the things I wanted to work on that summer.

There aren’t exactly professional athletes or fashion models walking the streets of my town, so I had to figure out a way to make the best of what I had.

My mom (who once modeled in California) was willing to help me out with some fashion photos.

It was really cute, the whole thing. She let me style her outfits and do her hair and makeup. (I think she was having more fun than she let on.)

In July, a girl I knew from high school was having a fashion show. In my town! I know? Weird.

She had recently graduated from studying fashion in college and was debuting her new line. It is super trendy and modern and you can check it out here.

We didn’t really know each other that well, so I was hesitant to ask if I could come take photos.

She is not only an incredible designer, but she is incredibly kind person and she was more than happy to have me there!

I didn’t know how to take photos on a runway or editorial style photos and winging it didn’t really help me succeed.

The awesome thing about the internet is that you can learn about just about anything.

So I got on the world wide web and went to YouTube!

I started watching videos from current fashion photographers and rising photographers, as well as models and stylists.

I even booked a session with a social media coach and photographer to learn more about what this industry is like.

While I would have liked to been shooting photo sessions left and right, that wasn’t what was available, so I learned what I could and expanded my understanding of fashion and photography.

It’s still something I’m improving on and something I am very passionate about. I want to continue discovering fashion photography but I also want to dabble in sports photography. (Goal for 2018)

My summer wasn’t super adventurous. I didn’t travel, I didn’t go to the club, I didn’t go to awesome pool parties or skydive (another goal for 2018) but when I look back I can say that I did have a good summer.



Dear Reader,

Things are not always going to be grandeur and fabulous.

Things are definitely not always going to go the way you had them planned.

All you can do is make the best of what you have and where you are at.

Spend time with the people you care about and the animals you love.

Log out of your social media for a day and appreciate where you are and what you are doing.

Force yourself to look at whatever situation you are in with a positive light.

If you are failing your classes, ask yourself why? Did you ditch class a lot and never study? Do you suck at Math or whatever subject? Do you hate school?

So you failed? It happens. You learned what you aren’t good at or what you need to try harder for.

As cliché as it sounds, there is always a silver lining. Find it and take advantage of it!

Tiffany found the silver lining. So can you!


Daryl Batt

Just as Confused and Uncertain as You Are

Thanks for hanging in there and reading about "What I Learned in 2017"! Check back tomorrow for September and October! Scroll down for January-May!

*Disclaimer because my parents stsill do a lot for me and I don’t take that for granted.. I just meant being independent as living in my own apartment, not having to report my whereabouts to anyone 24/7, living on my own schedule… that sort of thing.