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Rising Stars: Meet Aaron Shriver

Today we’d like to introduce you to Aaron Shriver.

Hi Aaron, so excited to have you on the platform. So, before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
When I was about 13 years old, my father got Sony Vegas. It’s a video editing software & I would edit our family videos. This is around the time that AOL or Dial-Up internet started to become popular. So, there were not many online videos at the time. I had to cut and tape old VHS reels for some of my early edits on video.

My mom was the camera queen, she would not go anywhere without her camera. You should see the Rubbermaid totes full of photos she has still. The memories that she has captured have been breathtaking over the years. Some of my favorites are the photos of the smiles we no longer get to see in person. Photos are a lot like music, they will be here long after any of us. Photos can capture a person’s legacy.

This got me interested in media in general. After high school, I attended the Illinois Center for Broadcasting & ended up going into Chicago Radio, although I always had a love for photography and videography. I did keep it in my back pocket and dabbled a time or two over the years. Now, it’s full speed ahead as I left my 9-5 to pursue Photography & Media full time.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
If life was a smooth road, we would all be rich with mansions.

Instead, life guides us like a roller coaster & it’s how you overcome those dips & how you find your true mansion. I reside in between Chicago & Milwaukee, but my heart has always been in Nashville.

I travel 4-5 times a year to Nashville but hope one day my dreams bring me to a town I have loved for a while, and that has always felt like home to me.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
When I started to get back into Photography, I turned to a good friend, a fellow creator, Trey Bonner.

He helped mentor me & got me back into photography, but at the same time still allowed me to learn on my own. I kept seeing my photos getting harder and harder to delete the bad ones, then I knew I had something.

This lit the fire for me, & when I saw the final product of my Warren Zeiders photos, I knew that this passion would lead to my dreams. The crazy part being it has been right here in front of me since I was a kid. Just took 40 years to realize it.

Are there any important lessons you’ve learned that you can share with us?
You can’t take anything for granted just when you feel like you are at the top of your game, reality will come knocking. One of the lessons I have learned the hard way recently, was it’s okay to reach for the stars, just bypass the ones you idolize.

This taught me to never give up & keep grinding while never looking back.


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