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Rising Stars: Meet Willie Kessel

Today we’d like to introduce you to Willie Kessel.  

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
Started in the darkroom in high school and it’s been over a decade now getting to travel the world doing something I really love doing. it’s something really special being able to work with your best friends and make stories along the way. 

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?
Definitely not a smooth road, I’d say. lots of ups and downs but I’m really blessed to be doing something I love doing….and a lot of people don’t have that. being self-employed has good and bad times. As an artist, it took a while to really find my look I wanted and I think I’ve arrived. 

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?
I’m a photographer, I started out in the Surf world and traveled a lot for that. I’ve transitioned into commercial/lifestyle and I really love it. I honestly don’t know what I’d be most proud of…I just really love making images. 

Are there any books, apps, podcasts, or blogs that help you do your best?
I have some amazing people in my life that really believe in me and my work. that’s what keeps me going. 

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