“When I became a photographer, I really thought I wanted to work for big companies,” says Boone Speed. “But what I learned is that the money and the fame are fleeting. Don’t get me wrong, I like those things. But doing it just for those reasons robbed me of the joy I had for the content I was shooting.” Boone says he started to burn out and decided to step back and look at why he got into photography in the first place.
“For me, it was originally about the art, and I’d gotten away from that,” he says. “I started doing a lot of editorial work for much less money—climbing shoots for Men’s Journal, a few things for the Wall Street Journal—and it helped me love what I was doing again.”