In this series of blog posts we are introducing people who are speaking at and attending Inspire 2013. We are delighted to introduce Tomas Flint who is the owner of Tomas Flint Photographers who specializes in contemporary wedding and lifestyle storytelling. Tomas will be will be teaching a class called SEEDS : A discussion concerning the rediscovery of our most precious gift and we're very excited to have him as part of Inspire!

By Tomas Flint


"Don't ask what the World needs.  Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it.  Because what the world needs is people who have come alive." - Howard Thurman

In the 8 years since embarking on my journey into the realm of human connection, I've experienced the gamut of personal discovery…and the subsequent realization of the self-doubt that plagues us all.  Looking back on the early days, the mission seemed clear. So simple:

To build a photography business by:

a. Developing an idea of what I wanted to do (THE WHAT), and then

b. Traversing the many ways in which I could get what I had developed into the hands and hearts of others.  (THE HOW)

Easy beans.  The world was gonna LOVE IT!  Being new it was all so exciting.  Sketching logo designs in my journal, jotting draft after draft of the philosophy section of the website, taking promotional head shots in urban locations marked by spray paint and train tracks, schnazzy business cards with a FOLD, pricing sheets, networking, workshops, trade shows!!!  So much to do.  So much to busy myself with.  It felt good to feel alive and a world of possibilities was unfolding before my very eyes.  Inquiries would arrive and be treated with pain-staking detail.  The shoots were challenging - excruciating at times, but ever so rewarding.  The edits seem to stretch on for days.  Mistakes.  Solutions.  Problems.  Learning.  Progress.  The reality of success came quickly…or at least success as I had come to define it at that point.  Call it intuition, timing, talent, luck.  I buried myself in the details of the day and my professional life was on the up and up.

As time passed, I began to experience the creeping feeling that what I was doing was not satisfying a deeper sense of gratification.  Goals that I had set didn't seem to deliver joy, recognition seemed to have come with a price…working on the business felt very much like working on a business.  What was this that I had created?  Had I been so foolish as to take a gamble on what I was most passionate about only to risk loosing passion in my life.  Had I created a JOB?

It was time to take a step back and a good look inward.  To ask tough questions.  demand answers.  experience movement.

.:seeds:. - A discussion regarding the re-discovery of our gift - is a review of the many things that have surfaced since taking that first look inward.  The scope of .:seeds:. is not easily discernible.  Much like our individual journeys, impossible to define.  It's hope, however, is to encourage participants to dig deeper. To move past the 'how's' and 'what's' of our craft so that we may tune into it's essence : WHY do we do what we do?  For inspiration doesn't come from WHAT you do, more so WHY you do it.  …and inspiration is highly contagious.  As community is pivotal to all facets of discovery, those in attendance will be encouraged to participate, to lend openly and honestly to the discussion so that it may reveal a greater purpose than that which it was originally intended.

.:seeds:. is NOT an 'easy button' presentation.  It is not intended to illustrate photographic technique, gear selection, posing, lighting or anything photo-related really.  Instead, it is intended to get people thinking about purpose.  To address core motivations.  To challenge themselves with the most essential question - WHY??  ...and inso doing, reveal insecurities and vulnerabilities that we all experience.  We struggle with these and the hope of .:seeds:. is to create an environment where participants feel free to express the good and the bad.  Finding comfort in community and peace within themselves.

"With a handful of seeds, I dream of forests."

Dream on dreamers, I look forward to sharing in the experience.