This next guest is genuinely a great guy. He was one of the first ones to reach out and support OBF. This dewd right here has always been down to help out OBF and ask if I needed anything. I present to you Liam Higgins ladies and gentlemen. Honestly I am glad to know he has my back. Below you will find a little back and forth we did.
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Q. Tell us a little bit about yourself?
A. I’m Liam Alexander Higgins, I’m a 21 year old photographer and cinematographer born and raised in Windsor, Ontario, Canada and am currently based in the Greater Toronto Area and Detroit, as well.
Q. Why do you do what you do?
A. As intricate as most people might make things out to be, I’ve always just loved shooting photos and making videos. It started out years ago when I broke my leg skateboarding. In order to stay involved while not being able to avidly participate, I thought ‘why not just pick up the camera’ and emulate some of the guys on YouTube that are making cool videos of their friends on boards? At the time, I was using a Canon ZR700, (I think?) and I’d make all these petty little montages on YouTube that I would share with all my friends. While, this only really lasted a year, I gave it up for a few more years until I started back up again once entering College.
Q. How long have you been a photographer for?
A. I started getting heavily into photography about 3 years ago, and I’ve been constantly at it ever since!
Q. How would you describe your style?
A. It’s really hard to say at this point in time, because I think I’m in a really developmental stage. I’m really into taking a more cinematic approach to my work, photos included, and would like to say that I try incorporate a lot of extremely important areas of my life into my photography. My interest in fashion and the colour aesthetic really comes through in a lot of my photos, but at the same time, I try not to over compensate with editing, but rather build a nostalgic feeling in my photos.
Q. What is your most embarrassing moment?
A. Although it’s kind of a funny, but cliché thing to say, those who’re around me long enough know that I just kind of embrace whatever is happening in a moment and look at it as positive as possible. Even if it can seemingly be a little embarrassing, I just purposely make the situation a funny one for everyone instead of feeling that anxiety of embarrassment. So with regard to that, I honestly can’t even think of anything. Formatting a card on accident was probably the worse moment of my life though.
Q. What is your favourite thing about your photography?
A. Not so much about my photography, as much as my progression as an artist in general, is that I’m infatuated with the fact that I’m constantly growing or evolving. The really great thing with art is that within respectful grounds, you can do whatever you want, and you can really use your imagination to describe the world and people as you see them. I love colour so much, I think it’s one of the boldest elements of photography. How your colour looks evidentally portrays everything. While composition is heavily important, I pay huge attention to colour.
Q. Who inspired you to pick up a camera?
A. Derek Cianfrance, no doubt. Upon seeing movies like Blue Valentine and Place Beyond The Pines, the way he directed those movies gave me such a passion for the design of story. While I originally was supposed to attend university for creative writing, telling a story has always been close to me, and I think Cianfrance really opened my eyes about how not just the story is important, but the actors, the colour, the setting, the look of your characters and so on and so forth, it’s way more work and understanding than people make it out to be.
Q. Do you have any favourite photographers? Who and Why?
A.I wouldn’t say there’s any necessary photographers I would call my ‘favourite,’ but there is a style of photography I really try to reconstruct in my own way. Pages on Instagram like @bleachfilm, @waitingontheworld, @dark.daisies have posts that motivate me to shoot more than anything. If I really did have to name any photographers that I really like, I would have to say Dragan Andic, Will Jivcoff and Rob (@_rcph_]. Those guys know everything behind a camera, in my opinion.
Q. What websites do you visit the most?
A. Besides the staple social media sites, I don’t really deviate much outside of those. I really enjoy Reddit, haha. You can find some awesome photography on there!
Q. What are your plans for the future?
A. My lifetime goal with photography and cinematography is to open my own production company. I want to run and manage everything that goes on, while still being heavily involved on set. I think that’s extremely important with any business; to be heavily involved in what ACTUALLY goes on, instead of just being a bystander and collecting your riches. Secondly, travel is a huge part of my interests in life. I feel there’s so much left to see, and if all the photography I’ve seen thus far in life has taught me anything, is that there’s never enough things to document and enjoy. They all hold very special memories, be the one to tell that story!
Q. If you could be a mix of two animals which two you would be and why?
A. Haha wow, I’ve never been more puzzled answering a question in my life. I’d have to say a pug and piglet, so a puglet? Both of those animals are so adorable, it breaks my heart every time I see them.
Q. Three words to best describe yourself?
A. I feel like I might not be able to answer this question without being incredibly cheesy or cliché, but definitely ‘Stay Happy There.’ Even though this is a song title of a band, I think it speaks a lot of volume. While ‘There’ can constantly change, I think staying happy shouldn’t. I’ve gone through a lot of things over these past few months and it has caused me to go places where I thought I’d never thought I’d see myself. Not even physically, but emotionally. I think the most important thing in life is being aware of how much perspective plays a role in healthy living. It’s pretty simple: If you’re unhappy, change it. Whether it’s the people around you, the choices you make, or the things you see ahead of you, approach them with a good mindset and attitude, and you’ll be able to enjoy yourself and feel better about everything around you. But, more important, if you’re not, then make the change to bring yourself back to the happiness you deserve. While many artists argue that depression and insanity breeds creativity, living a happily and fulfilled life can also do so much for your mind and how you see things visually and creatively. Stop worrying about others and focus on yourself sometimes.
Q. Why did you buy an OBF shirt?
A. Minus the fact that Mikey is the absolute man, supporting local has always been super important to me. Knowing that my money is being invested in something that’s going to better my immediate surroundings in my community is the coolest thing ever. More local talent, businesses, art, fashion or anything for that matter, means more people are being involved in their passions. Which means around you is an increased quality of life, which will always affect you and create more opportunities to inspire and share with one another.
Q. What do you like about OBF?
A. OBF stands for ‘One Big Family,’ and that in itself represents something that seeks to create a collaboration beyond just art, fashion, music, etc., but advocates for humans everywhere. With everything that’s currently happening in the world, I think the idea of OBF supports the idea that we’re in this battle together. With things like war and terrorism constantly flooding the media in a very forward and frontal fashion, I think it’s safe to say we live in a world where our thoughts, lives and potential are compromised by indifference. With this growing idea of competition and domination in the world, we forget that at the core, we are all humans and that we need to support each other constantly for that core value we possess. One Big Family is seen as a collective that accepts all as one and aims to consider all ideas, values and importance of one another. Uniting the family is just the first step in bettering a community of people to feel welcomed for who they are, and to spread that love and positivity to expand the family.
Q. Do you have any top photos you would like us to share?
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It has been a lot longer than I expected. The good news is I am back and throttle blasters are at full speed.
I have been thinking a lot about this streetwear lifestyle brand and what I need to do to get it to the next level. Implementations will be taking change, I will let you know how that goes.
So while I was afk [ away from keyboard ] a lot happened. The first major thing that happened was I started doing a lot more design work, as much as I could for as many as I could. My business partner does consulting on the side and he tossed me a couple projects to work on and hone in on my skills. I am proud with how they turned out. The cash flow from that will be going towards my new desk that I want to build. My office is just driving me nuts and in turn I’m not being as productive as I could be. I have also been working with a group based out of Miami known as PAPERWATER. These dewds are mad respectable because they think just like me. They are the shit, we are figuring out how to get both brands leveraged. I am in the driving seat, this shit is real now and everything matters. Recently I started doing some design work for a music blog my friends will be curating. The graphics are turning out to be awesome. I really enjoy the style that I have adapted, it always makes me laugh when I think about it. Also, even more recently I have been put in contact with a streetwear / lifestyle brand based out of Michigan USA. My buddy who I met at 100k (which I will get into later) put us in touch, said we had to check each others brand out. Super impressed with this brands creative.
What really gets me going is that so far none of this would be possible if it wasn’t for my streetwear / lifestyle brand. I have already succeeded a little bit by growing my family.
Im in love with the fresh snow
Got it in Colorado
Repp’n Zumiez from Ontario
100k I got 100k
100k I got 100k
What is 100k you ask? Well at the retail store I work at [ zumiez ] if you sell a certain amount [ 100k ] you get to go on an all expense paid trip to Keystone Colorado. Since there are a ton of Zumiez employees who sell a 100k only the top get to go. I personally sold a whopping 205k. The best part about this trip is all the owners of all the other brands are there, and they mingle with you. It really motivated me even more. Brands were everywhere, I was talking to Bobby Hundreds, Benny Gold, dewds from Sector 9, dewd from Forties and Shorties, dewd from Mishka, and a couple others. Really opened my eyes to how real the hustle is. The most memorable thing that happened was the dewd from Sector 9 vouched for my brand in front of the Canadian buyer for Zumiez. I will be emailing him this week about the brand and seeing if I can move it into Zumiez. Another great part about the trip was we were able to go snowboarding down a legit mountain. Took me about 40min to get back down. The whole experience was priceless.
I have been trying to beat my previous goals at work in order to secure my spot for next year.
The last thing I wanted to talk about is productivity.
I am still trying to get into a routine that best fits my lifestyle. This is an extremely difficult thing to do. I really want to start my mornings earlier and get everything ready for the day. Today I saw on pinterest a couple ways to improve this. One is to do all the things on your list that take less than 5 minutes right away, as soon as they pop into your head. Another was get into a bed time routine so you are not wasting time in the morning. So tonight I packed my lunch, picked an outfit, showered, and grabbed everything I will need for tomorrow. No time will be wasted tomorrow, I hate making decisions in the morning. Still trying to get back to the gym which is very difficult as well, but I need to make time for it. Health is super important to me. I want to live till I’m like 150, don’t give a shit.
Anyways I hope you enjoy this post I will definitely be seeing you guys on Sunday.
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VEW.07 (very exciting week N˚7)
Welcome to this weeks very exciting week N˚7. We have some things to cover that is for sure. First and foremost the launch is getting closer and closer. With that I am getting super excited to be able to share a part of myself with the world. Being fortunate enough to able to chase my dreams. Last week I came down on myself a little bit, had a rough day. Received a text from my girlfriend that changed my attitude immediately. It read you should be grateful you are able to chase your dreams. This opened my eyes right away, and thought to myself, one of the reasons I am doing this is for others. That bad day slowly went away. I rarely have bad days because there is no reason for them. As Bob Marley would say every little thing gonna be alright.
So on todays docket we have shipping, good news, and social media. Lets just jump right into this shit.
This week we had a conference call with one of the major postal services in north america and it went great. It is a win win for us because there are no fees, how could we say no. Now the next step is to get it integrated with all our shops and have it set up. We need it for the main store on wordpress, our etsy site, and amazon/ebay store. This is going to be tough getting all the orders organized and sent out in a timely manner. I have been following a couple brands who are ahead of me and been around for awhile and just getting their shipping down now. These brands are inspiration because I get to see their struggle, their wins, and they give advice. That advice is crucial, saves me time and money, and I feel more connected to the brand. The brand that stands out the most for me is The Legends League. This dewd post some of the most meaningful stuff. I highly recommend everyone check him out.
Do you know what I like? I like some great news, here we go. THE T-SHIRTS ARE FINALLY ALL FINISHED!!! I picked them up yesterday and now its time to package them all. I can finally upload the images to the site and get the ball rolling. The video will also be up this week on the website. Funny story about the video, I accidentally leaked it while uploading it to vimeo. Instantly had to contain the situation because my closest friends/supporters reblogged, shared and retweeted it as soon as it was uploaded. I felt like a mobil hq for some serious shit. I am very thankful to those who support me, truly respect the people in my life backing me.
Social media is my best friend and my worst enemy. I am just so confused over this youtube channel linked with google plus. Did not know what I was doing. The brand some how has two channels, and one is linked to a google+ page that I thought was for the brand but is for myself. So I have to make a page for the brand and link it to the channel that uses that domain name for the brand. Then I have to delete the other one but you can’t until you delete the google+ page for that account. Anyways I tried my hardest to understand it but could not do it myself. My partner and I will go over it tonight so I can fully understand that shit.
Can’t leave a post without posting up a few pictures.
The one below is a contest I entered for rip n dip. Sadly I did not win but gave me great insight on how to win future contests.
Now this image below is of the highway. One night after work I snuck up the son of a b***h and got some stellar photos. I didn’t want to alarm anyone so I was in hiding the whole time. So thankful for timed exposure because I do not have to hold the button down.
That is it for this weeks VEW.07
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VEW.06 (very exciting week N˚6)
Well well well so we meet again…
What can I say about this week? Some minor set backs, the winner has been chosen, and the OBF NATURALLY SELECTED LOOKBOOK 2XXX has been completed.
Lets take a minute to reflect on some of these minor set backs. Yeah set backs suck because I am really excited to get my brand out there and going, but it prepares me for the next release and how to time things a bit better. Constantly becoming more efficient and organized is what I am taking from all of this trying to start a clothing brand. I had to reschedule the OBF NATURALLY SELECTED LOOKBOOK 2XXX a couple of times. This rescheduling did lead me to a better idea thou. I am pleased to say the OBF NATURALLY SELECTED LOOKBOOK is humorous yet sophisticated. Another minor set back is packaging. Still trying to find that perfect packaging. I may skip on the brown butcher paper and go with a brown heavy duty paper wrapped in hemp string. The last hiccup is the other half of the t-shirts are not ready yet. Those are just a couple of the minor set backs but it is ok because this whole thing is a learning experience.
The winner from the OBF INSTAGRAM // TWITTER // TUMBLR CONTEST has been chosen. He goes by the username @mateoroksandic. His winning comment “Jizzin’ out my eyeballs ’bout the new #OBF collection.” I thought this was extremely hilarious, so he won. Below you will find the picture I had the family comment on with their own caption.
The last item for discussion is the 2XXX OBF NATURALLY SELECTED LOOKBOOK. After the third rescheduling I decided to go against shooting in Detroit Michigan. I wanted something even closer to me. Turned to my friends and they gave me some great ideas which made me think and one thing lead to another. We decided to shoot it in a forest located in Windsor Ontario. Now the lookbook is even more on strategy with a cool concept. On the day of the shoot the weather was optimal. It was cloudy which was great for shooting in. My only negative feedback was, it was cold and I was naked. We got all the shots I needed and had fun. I want to thank @keylowmatt & @zackreeb for helping me out with the shoot on such short notice. Below you will find a sneak peak at the OBF NATURALLY SELECTED LOOKBOOK.
That is everything for this week, next weeks VEW should be very exciting.