by Author Deborah A. Ten Brink


The other day I was searching online for articles about photographers that would inspire you to never give up on your dreams. I am a firm believer that it’s never too late to reach for heights that most people would tell you are impossible. You can dream and achieve anything you set your mind to if you just believe you can do it.

Throughout my life I’ve had well-meaning family and friends ask me, “What makes you think you can do that? You haven’t done it before.” Through their discouraging words they honestly feel they are saving me from certain disaster. :) My answer has always been, “Because it’s what I want to do so I’m going to do it. I’ll figure it out along the way.” And, I always learn. Sometimes I fail, but I always get back up and remember the lessons learned. Okay, now on to that story I wanted to share with you.

This story was inspirational to me because it’s about a guy with under $100 dollars in his pocket, not knowing how he was going to pay his rent… and then he had an idea. Now, if he had a “boo-hoo, poor me” attitude, I’m sure this idea would have been dismissed immediately. But, he believed the idea was sound, worth a try, and he followed through with it.

Now he had some good things happen in his career a couple of years prior to this idea. This Brooklyn-based photographer had been praised by Gawker as “the best photographer on Instagram” but had his account suspended for photos of topless sunbathers at the beach. Now for a lot of people, that would have been it. No more Instagram, nor more dream, the obsession would be over. Read on to see what he did.

“It is more important to click with people than to click the shutter.” — Alfred Eisenstaedt, German Photojournalist

He knew walking around the streets of New York with his iPhone taking photos of street scenes would not pay the bills. He set up a new Instagram account and at midnight, the start of his 34th birthday, he posted an offer on Instagram.  So, what happened?

He was overwhelmed as the orders poured in. The next day he had received nearly $15,000 worth of requests! Some days he spends up to 8 hours a day wandering the streets and subways looking for interesting faces, scenes, incidences. The article calls his type of photography “human urban voyeurism.” Enjoy the full story here.

There are 10 comments

  1. Kyle Holcomb

    Inspiring story! I gave up my first dream of becoming a surgeon to follow my passion and dream of becoming and entrepreneur. It has definitely been a bumpy road and I can see why most do not make it, but I enjoy a challenge. Thank you for sharing with us :)

    • Deborah

      Oh my Kyle! I guess I’m not alone. Sometimes the world does not understand what’s in our hearts and just how powerful desire can be!

      I hope you persevere and never ever regret your decision to be an entrepreneur! <3

      Best wishes on fulfilling your heart’s desire Kyle!


  2. Monna Ellithorpe

    Hi Deborah,
    What a great story. It does get hard sometimes to keep going when your own family does not support what your dreams are but we have to keep moving ahead. Thanks for sharing and I also truly enjoy your photography work.

    • Deborah

      Thank you Monna!

      We each have a story to tell. I want people to get to know who’s art this is, what my perspective is, and why I care to deliver the very best I can for my market. I think it’s important to let people see who you really are.

      After all, I want long-term relationships, not just sales. I’m hoping to make some new lifelong friends along the way.

      Deborah recently posted…Branding Your New BusinessMy Profile

  3. Sean

    Hey great post, Yes NEVER GIVE UP. consistent daily action everyday will lead to success, yes it is easier to QUIT but why bother being like 95% of the world, be different and start to succeed and follow your dreams

    • Deborah

      Thanks Sean for dropping by!

      For sure, quitting is not an option! We all know what happens if we do that! Dreams can become a reality if like you suggest, we take consistent daily action to make them come true.

      Best wishes Sean!


  4. Jacs Henderson

    I have to say Deborah that your photographs are absolutely stunning – I’m in awe of your talent… I love photography and have always wanted to take beautiful shots,but I adore yours… they are heart stopping! I’m going to view them all before I leave today :)

    But back to your story above, it just reminded me of this quote –

    “Most people give up just when they’re about to achieve success. They quit on the one yard line. They give up at the last minute of the game, one foot from a winning touchdown. “– Ross Perot

    Daniel could have given up… but no – and just that one decision to make an Instagram offer will surely have changed his direction in his life now

    We must follow our own path as you say, but it is tough when our nearest and dearest are negative… but we must find a way and never let go of our dream, it may take time to get there, but some staircases are long and winding!

    Love your blog :)


    • Deborah

      I so appreciate your comment Jacs! I work hard to try to express my view of the world in an authentic way hoping to impart something of myself into my work for others to enjoy. I have several photography projects planned and I truly love what I do.

      I love the quote! It IS so appropriate for this success story. One thing I’ve learned in life, never ever give up! I’ve seen so many give up way too soon. I don’t know if they think the process is supposed to be quick and rewards come soon after implementing or what. I truly don’t know any short cuts. It takes perseverance and hard work.

      What I honestly believe is that we should enjoy the journey, each step. :)

      Thank you for stopping by and adding to the conversation Jacs.


  5. Liz Delaney

    Thanks for this message, Deborah. It is important to try and ignore all the negative responses from family and friends. I do. never give up on your dreams. The possibilities are endless. Stay focused, committed and determined. It will work out eventually. I enjoyed viewing Daniel’s photos too. Thanks for the opportunity.
    Take care

    • Deborah

      Thanks Liz for commenting. It always amazes me that the people that care about us the most, can often be the least supportive! I find it’s especially important to have the people that share your home with you be supportive and onboard with your business. After all, when you have your own business as an entrepreneur, you won’t be on a 9-to-5 schedule and everyone will need to understand your commitment.

      Glad you enjoyed the post Liz.

      To your online success,

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