Photographer/Social Media Expert
Hanging out in a beautiful place thinking of next steps and goals.
When people walking in busy places stop and talk in the middle of the walkway, slowing the flow of traffic.
HOW LONG IN BUSINESS
Shortly after I met my wife in 2007.
Sometimes I have a few drinks and stay up late.
Does coffee count?
I use to own a pro-class off road race truck and would often hit speeds over 100 mph in the desert.
GET TO KNOW DALON
What do you love most about being a photographer?
I get to capture special moments in beautiful places. I am blessed to live in Big Sky country, where there are boundless locations to shoot.
Before you were a photographer, what did you do for work?
I worked in the automotive industry, but I realized in my early twenties that I loved serving others and I had a special gift in that. Not wanting to feel like a slave to an employer, I realized the best thing I could do was to go out on my own, to the best of my abilities, learn, be courageous and work it hard. I’m thankful that I did…it has made all the difference in my life.
What will you be speaking about at SNAP 2019?
I will be speaking about growing an Instagram account and different ways to generate revenue through social media and websites. I’m excited to teach more in depth in 2019 and to also share insightful info to help Attendees get the most they can, and provide one-on-one consulting.
What’s one common mistake new photographers make when starting their career? What advice can you give them to rectify this?
Without even knowing, I see many photographers branding themselves as cheap, free, or desperate while faking great success. The two don’t jive. I say learn, practice, help out professionals (assist, intern, stand by) when you can and be real, be forthright, good to others, and work with pros whenever you can.
What was the best thing you ever did for your business?
For me, I can’t segregate one great thing because there is a multitude of things that make a successful business, and each one has a necessary function. I will say though being self employed/entrepreneur that the best thing for my business, is the best me that I can be.
How is the photography industry different now than it was even 5 years ago?
Today we have much higher quality cameras readily available to the general public. Social media has become a high influencer in business as well, generating possibilities and decisions.
What is one piece of advice you wish someone had given you in the beginning of your career?
Experiment with camera settings so you understand the many variable capabilities it has. Don’t be shy to ask for help.
What is different about SNAP than any other conferences/events you’ve been to?
SNAP is such an incredible event where creative, like-minded people come together. There is so much excitement and desire to learn and this fuels everyone to make the most of every moment. Traveling to foreign countries can be intimidating to a lot of people. Many attendees arrived by themselves as strangers, but left with new friends, wonderful memories, amazing experiences, skills and new understanding that will last a lifetime. They planned on just attending to see what Snap was all about, but they actually left transformed in a passionate way about life and what they love doing. There is no event/conference/retreat like this anywhere.
You taught at SNAP 2018; what was your favorite part of the event?
Hearing the positive feedback from all attendees was very confirming. We have a lot of very special, unique and powerful traits, skills and expertise that make this event so great. The group as a whole feels like family and there is a great love in that!
What are you most excited to do in Bali?
I’m really excited to go explore! Be in awe with the culture, tropical landscape, and vast amounts of beauty in all aspects.
I’m also excited to see the our attendees grow and learn, have incredible memories and to enter in to a new chapter of life where they just “go for it!”