Blog, Newspaper, Family. Pick any Two.

UPDATE: Thanks, guys, for all of the congratulatory notes, words of encouragement and the contributions. I do not know whether I am more touched or psyched for the future.

Muchas gracias, y'all.

As most of you guys know, I am also a staff photographer for The Baltimore Sun, a metro daily newspaper in the eastern US.

Over the last year-and-change, Strobist has developed from a goofy little diversion into something that is all-but-impossible to maintain along with a full-time (plus) job. My concern over the last few months has been that, while the website has certainly grown into more than I ever thought it would, my family time has been severely pinched as a result.

With a 6-year-old boy and a 9-year-old girl, (and a wife of undisclosed age) I am well aware that the window on their time as kids will be closing before I know it. So I have decided to make some changes in my life so I can spend more time being a dad. And a hubby.

As of the end of this week I will begin a one-year leave of absence from The Sun.

That was no easy decision. I absolutely love working there. But I love doing this, too. And I love my family much more than both jobs combined.

So this little experiment of a website is about to get a lot more interesting for me as I move from having one boss to having over 100,000.

Here's what that will mean:

• Most important, more family time - both in quantity and quality.
• I'll be able to travel (i.e. more seminars) without burning up my vacation time. I am working on a long list of cities right now.
• The website will be getting more thought, planning and focus.
• I'll have time to do more ambitious projects. Next month, for instance, I'll be filming a full lighting course on DVD. I hope to have it available in October.

There are a couple of other things, too. But they are still being worked on.

Assuming things work out, I will gain a tremendous amount of family time. I can't tell you how much that means to me. For that reason more than any other, I am very grateful to the community that has grown around this site and the businesses that support it.

I'll be meeting many more of you in person and getting to visit some very interesting places. And I have thoroughly enjoyed speaking with those of you that I got to meet in Ellicott City, Providence and London. I am looking forward to doing lots more of that.

So, thanks for your support and your readership. And I hope you'll stay tuned to see how this thing turns out. I know I'm curious to see what happens.



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Anonymous Johannes said...

Bravo David! I am sure that your bold step will be honored and compensated! I wish you all the best!


June 28, 2007 2:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please put up some discreet banners we can click to support you. The book thing at amazon is also great.
Looking forward to the dvd! =)

June 28, 2007 2:36 AM  
Anonymous Mat said...

Congrats David!!
Today is the first day of the rest of your life.. well, year at least :)

June 28, 2007 2:37 AM  
Blogger Steven said...

Many congrats David - and may this be one of the most successful years you've ever had (both personally and professionally).

Enjoy the time with your family, and I'm looking forward to pre-ordering your DVD and signing up for a seminar. :)


Steve Black

June 28, 2007 2:37 AM  
Blogger Michael said...

wow, what a decision! Thanks for the great website, keep it up and enjoy the family life!


June 28, 2007 2:44 AM  
Anonymous M. G. Adams said...

well that was a very grown-up decision....

I am thrilled for you, and very envious. I will buy the DVD good/bad/or indifferent, though knowing you it will rock (I will also be buying it as gifts).

I would like to take this time to thank your wife for allowing this. Mrs. Strobist may well be up for wife of the year ;-)

Good luck on the new path, I will do my part to show you that the proper decision was made. Now get back to work.

June 28, 2007 2:51 AM  
Blogger Ken said...

Holy...! Best of luck to you, David. Glad you realize you have the immense talent to start making some money by doing a DVD. And there are many site owners out there that make 6 figures off advertisements on their site ( for instance). You've got the talent, content and the viewers. Can't tell you enough how much your blog has helped (and started) my professional career. Enjoy the family time! And come to San Francisco (seminar and vacation)!


June 28, 2007 2:51 AM  
Blogger Muwen said...

hope all goes good for you...i'm sure u'll enjoy ur family time.

June 28, 2007 2:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A brave decision and a good one. Congratulations and good luck.

June 28, 2007 3:01 AM  
Anonymous Dean Burton said...

you are brave! and obviously smart.
go for it!
i'm in a tenure track teaching gig trying to get post-high school stutents to get this stuff.
you have great practical ideas!
make a book man!!!
if you are in Reno look me up...

June 28, 2007 3:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


You are a brave man. Not many people make that choice, but those who do, those who know what's important in life, are happier.

I'm sure you won't regret it. I wish you the best.


June 28, 2007 3:04 AM  
Blogger Rafa Barberá said...

A though decision David. I'm glad to see that you have the option to choose between The Blog and The Sun. This next 12 months will be very amazing for you and I hope that for us (I don't hope, I know... Wow! a Strobist DVD).

Now, I'm only hopping that this strobist bug will let you effectively more time for your family, and not less ;-)

Good luck David

June 28, 2007 3:06 AM  
Blogger Donna said...

"and getting to visit some very interesting places." Ah, that's the U.K. out then ;-)

Brave decision David, very brave. It should be an enjoyable year that you won't forget in a hurry. I look forward to being on the London class schedule and shaking your hand. Good luck with the DVD - look forward to seeing it when it is out ... there is a market to an affordable alternative to some of the other things that are out there.

June 28, 2007 3:10 AM  
Blogger Flipper Watch said...

What a wise decision you make. I hope you come to LA one day.

June 28, 2007 3:11 AM  
Blogger -Matt said...

We're planning a mid-sized photography convention (250-500 photographers) and we're wondering what it'd take for us to get a strobist seminar for that?

Glad you're making the leap! I read the title and I was afraid you were ditching on us. :)


June 28, 2007 3:14 AM  
Blogger Craig said...

holy wow! that's great news, both for your family and for us strobists :)

hope everything works out as planned, keen on this dvd you speak of.

any chance of a sydney strobist seminar :D

June 28, 2007 3:14 AM  
Blogger Tre Lathon said...

I'm sure the Sun will miss the work you do. Lucky for me I won't have to. Thanks for what you do here. Strobist has changed the way I think and see!

June 28, 2007 3:17 AM  
Blogger Brian said...

Wow, David. Good for you. It sounds like you have made a well thought out decision regarding your career and family. As a father of two and an aspiring professional photographer I completely understand how there aren't enough hours in the day. I wish you good luck and hope to see you at a seminar soon.

June 28, 2007 3:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi David.

I've allways wondered how you managed to combine family, work and website (in that order). Keeping in mind the last one was taking more and more time.

Sometimes people have to choose to get to a next level. The way things are moving right now, it only can go up from here. Being your own boss is also much more fullfilling in my opinion.

Since I started reading your blog six months ago my skill has improved very much. Yesterday I was shooting 30 girls doing aerobics in a dark gym with three speedlights getting good results. The reason for this assignments succes is your ability to slowly change my way of thinking. Heck I can't even watch a movie anymore without thinking about possible light setups.

Have you ever considered writing a book? I am sure it would be a hit.

Anyway, I guess a thank you is in order for sharing your time and knowledge.

Greetings from Belgium


June 28, 2007 3:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well done, David. I really believe that this is a great move for you and that you'll have no regrets!!

June 28, 2007 3:28 AM  
Anonymous MG said...

I wish you the very best of luck as you change your life around. I don't think you're going to need much, though.

June 28, 2007 3:33 AM  
Anonymous Bert (X-Pose) said...

That's a brave decision David. But I think it's a really good one for you and your family.

I'm pretty sure you have all it takes to make a good living being the guru of guerilla lighting.

I think I pretty much mastered most of the techniques you describe and incorporated them to my own style of shooting. But I will still buy your DVD's/books/merchandising ;-) to squeeze the last drop of usefull info out of it. And also to thank you for the inspiration you've been to me in the last year.

Hope the extra time will give you the opportunity to give a workshop in Brussels or Paris.

Good luck David!

June 28, 2007 3:34 AM  
Blogger RaNGeR said...

Wow, good stuff David. Guess it gets hard when you actually like your job and have so much else you want to do as well!
For a moment there I thought you were going to say that the site was going to get put aside, glad it isn't. This place of yours has taught so many and you've done an awesome job keeping up the pace so far, I can only see it getting better now! ;) Thanks for all the time you put in for us, and thank your family too! :)

June 28, 2007 3:35 AM  
Blogger sgazzetti said...

Though it's clear this decision was tough, I read it with a surge of joy for you (and us, as I was anticipating a 'this blog is on hiatus' line coming). You provide a great service with this site. Have you given any thought to going from 'make a donation' to a micro-subscription model? You've saved me money while improving my pictures, and I for one would support this site with a little cold, hard cash -- and am making a donation today.

Thanks for your hard work.

(Nice tripod-adage paraphrase, too!)

June 28, 2007 3:36 AM  
Anonymous Peter Cull said...

As someone who was at the London seminar, a lot of people are in for a treat when you make it to their city.

I look forward to the next year.
[cue music "Things can only get better"]

June 28, 2007 3:36 AM  
Anonymous LightLuke said...

This is great for your family. Hope it will be profitable to you too!

I am a photographer by education but have not been interested in this for ages. Now the old willingness to learn has come back, thanks to your blog.

June 28, 2007 3:47 AM  
Blogger Stephan Ahonen said...

You're taking a big risk and I applaud you for it. I hope this decision pays off for you, for your sake and for the sake of us readers. This blog has made me see light in a whole different...err, light, and if it went away we'd be much poorer for it.

June 28, 2007 3:49 AM  
Blogger Maxime said...

Dear David,

I have discovered Strobist a few weeks ago now and it really is amazing how interresting and clear it is.

I sincerly thank you for all you have brought to me (as well as to a few others) so far and wish you good luck with this new challenge!!!


June 28, 2007 3:50 AM  
Anonymous Pedro Roman said...

Be sure you have our full support in your decision, which in turn is great for us.
I doubt you plan to have a seminar where I live (Spain) but I'll looking forward purchasing that DVD you have in mind!

Thanks for your time, David

June 28, 2007 3:56 AM  
Blogger NMPhotography said...

Well done you! I wish you all the success and happy times with your family and will keep reading the blog!

June 28, 2007 4:02 AM  
Blogger Mikkel Bo said...

Hi David,

Wow, brave decision! Congratulations to you and your family.

I was a little worried there for a moment when I read the first few lines of the post. I have only been a strobist wannabe for a few weeks now, but I am totally absorbed. Glad to here that you decided to keep up the MOST EXCELLENT work here on strobist.

Apart from knowing your lighting stuff, you also know how to write and entertain. It is a pleasure to read your posts and learn something at the same time.

Thanks for sharing!

Best regards
Mikkel Bo Rasmussen
Limerick, Ireland

June 28, 2007 4:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is great for you and for all of us. when i read the first paragraph i though you were going to abandon the website. but abandoning the job... that is fine with me.

this website is great and your familiy is probably to so you made the right decision.

keep up the great work :)

June 28, 2007 4:06 AM  
Blogger SeanMcC said...

Finally David. I wondered how long it would take!

June 28, 2007 4:10 AM  
Anonymous Salvatore Falcone said...

Wow David! This is a great decision and I'm really happy for you. I think you'll enjoy your future more than you can imagine...

June 28, 2007 4:10 AM  
Blogger James Pratt said...

Hey David, you have been a great inspiration to a lot of people. I am very glad you will have more family time. Good luck on your site and I look forward to learning more from you.

June 28, 2007 4:12 AM  
Anonymous Bruce said...

I have really been enjoying the ideas and education I have been getting from Strobist, so I was disheartened (by your opening statement) to think you would have to give it up. (clearly giving up your family, regardless of your wife's age, would be the wrong choice)
Such a big change to your working life is a huge step, but we (your readers) will undoubtedly benefit from your decision and I trust you will, too.

Keep up the great work. Enjoy your family.

Thanks for sticking with it.

Bruce S.

June 28, 2007 4:12 AM  
Blogger tangcla said...

wow David... that's dedication.
Much respect from me.

Come to Australia! :) Melbourne in particular...

June 28, 2007 4:16 AM  
Anonymous Ake said...

As a young mother, who graduated recently in Photography, I truly respect your decision. To combine your beloved family and a passion is one of the hardest thing to do (as I am discovering as well).
I wish you luck!

June 28, 2007 4:17 AM  
Anonymous sosb said...

Wow. Congratulations on having built the possibility to do this, and then seizing it.

When I saw the headline, my first thought was that there is no way you'd choose the blog from those three, who are you handing it over to? And then you went and surprised me.

You're good at what you do, and even better for me, you're good at communicating how you do what you do. This is getting exciting!

I think it's time for me to go shopping at Midwest and Amazon.

June 28, 2007 4:28 AM  
Blogger jeffpatch said...

I'm SHOCKED to read this but I have to admit, I am selfishly pleased to read you chose to give up your job at the Sun instead of giving up on Strobist! I thought you were leaving us for a second.

I know how difficult it must be to leave even though I am on the other side of the ball. Trying desperately to get in with a newspaper. There just aren't many jobs.

Somebody on another site pointed out that you have shared more information on this site than you would in a $50+ lighting book. I hope you can turn this into a lucrative business, just don't leave our little community behind!

Jeffery Patch

June 28, 2007 4:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Turning the page on a new chapter in your life is always scary. Looks like you're fortunate enough to turn to a page that tells the story of loving what you do and your family and making a living at it. Congratulations! I for one and envious! :)

June 28, 2007 4:34 AM  
Anonymous Martijn said...

Wow, tough dicission! I'll be sure to get the DVD! :-D

June 28, 2007 4:39 AM  
Blogger Keith said...

That is excellent news
I hope it all works out for you and make sure to bring your seminars to Sydney (bring the wife and kids and make a holiday out it too)

June 28, 2007 4:40 AM  
Anonymous Karl Otto said...

This is great news for you and your family. I believe you should do what you love, and not to much more. Working full time and then some isn't healthy in the long run.

That said, thanks for choosing us over the day job. I sincerely hope people sponsors your choice by making a donation. Link provided at the bottom right corner.

All the best in your choice, your lighting apprentice Karl Otto

June 28, 2007 4:43 AM  
Blogger Joshua Targownik said...

Bravo. I was just thinking about writing you an email suggesting that you do this very thing. I quit my job as a car designer three months ago to try and make a living as a freelance photographer. A big part of that decision came from being confident in my shooting ability, and a lot of that came from knowledge I soaked up from your site.

Thanks for everything you've done already, and thanks in advance for everything that will happen in the future because you decided to share. Can I put "Strobist" down as my religion or political party when I vote next year? Didn't they do that with "Jedi" in England?

Thanks again,
Josh from

June 28, 2007 4:47 AM  
Blogger Jürgen said...

Congratulations on your decision. This is for sure a very brave step into the future for you. I can tell you from my own experience on how fulfilling it is for me to work from home and spend more time with my wife.
I wish you all the best and look forward to learn so much more from you. Keep it up.

June 28, 2007 4:50 AM  
Blogger Joseph said...

Wow, when I first read this I got to thinking "uh oh, this isn't good", but once I saw the result I was ecstatic. You truly have created an educational institution here, and every last one of us is glad that you created Strobist. I know it has changed my life (literally), and has advanced me as a photographer more than anything else. You are the man, enjoy your family time because you earned it.

June 28, 2007 4:53 AM  
Blogger Crayola Boy said...

It's great that you are in a position with the paper to do this, especially with what has been happening at papers across the nation (the paper I work for just laid off 8, though not me). I hope you make it out to the west coast sometime (San Jose or San Francisco would be ideal). I look forward to more posts here and if you ever need a random photo assignment just to keep your skills sharp, I'll be happy to give you one.

June 28, 2007 4:54 AM  
Anonymous Joost de Wolf said...

You are to good for this world.
I really like you blog and i wich you all the best with the new plans.

Im sure, i will buy the Dvd.....

With kind regards,

Joost de Wolf (NL)

June 28, 2007 4:56 AM  
Anonymous MikeG said...

As a very long time lurker who has so appreciated the time and effort you put in, I can only wish you so very much luck in your year's sabbatical. Seeing the site mature has been fascinating and an immense credit to your hard work and dedication.

June 28, 2007 4:57 AM  
Anonymous Nigel Byde said...

I'm sure your year away from the paper will be a fantastic success. Having met and talked to you at the Sunday London workshop I know how important your family is to you.

Good luck and I'm sure the coming year will be a focussed and rewarding one.
Cheers Nigel Byde

June 28, 2007 4:59 AM  
Blogger mattias said...


Assuming you have many male readers worldwide, I think your choice sets a good example for how a modern father should prioritize.

I am a father of three and enjoy every moment together with my family.


Mattias in Sweden

June 28, 2007 5:07 AM  
Anonymous Gordon Fraser said...

Good luck in this new endeavour. I've only been reading your blog for two weeks and am about to start putting to good use some of what I've learn't. I look forward to seeing all you have planned.

p.s. Please come back to UK!

June 28, 2007 5:09 AM  
Blogger Eric Holsinger said...

Good for you, David.

Enjoy your family and do what you love.

June 28, 2007 5:17 AM  
Blogger Vince said...

I can imagine that this must have been a tough decision, but congratulations! I will certainly make a donation through PayPal to hopefully help make it a wise financial (in addition to a wise emotional) decision. As one who has benefited from your work tremendously, thank you!

June 28, 2007 5:20 AM  
Anonymous Paulo Rodrigues said...

Good luck David, I'm sure that little DVD project will earn you more than a year at the Sun. I look forward to seeing you back in the UK

June 28, 2007 5:23 AM  
Anonymous claude said...

wow, that sure must have been a hard decision! (reading through this I was afraid you would say that you'll stop this blog...) Not many people are willing to give up an established career for something new!

Well I think that that decision is a good one, because I think projects like this (with the readership and impact you have built up) can generate enough money to make a decent living off off it, so it might not be that dangerous a thing to do!

Family time will increase in time and quality, and that is a good thing! Also I think you really are a teacher at heart (look at the body of work you've created here for free...), so this move should make you happier in the end, doing what you love most

In short, I would like to thank you for your ongoing effort and wish you luck for your future! We're here to support you!

June 28, 2007 5:28 AM  
Anonymous greg Bobbin said...

Good luck. I learn so much. Thought you were going to take a break from Strobist. Hope to meet you. Greg

June 28, 2007 5:36 AM  
Anonymous Lander said...

Nice to hear! Go mainly for your family but keep up the good work here too! ;-) I'm sure every reader here will be excited about your decision.

June 28, 2007 5:40 AM  
Blogger Ilkka said...

Congratulations on your career move. May you always be upwardly mobile and able to bless us with your lighting-related wisdom. =)

Also, as an amateur who's only read this blog for a few months and just getting really interested in lighting, and especially since I live in far-off Finland, I'm really looking forward to hearing more about the DVD course.

June 28, 2007 5:41 AM  
Anonymous James Osborne said...

David, it takes some onions to make a decision like that... I'm sure many of us breathed a sigh of relief that the result wasn't strobist going on hiatus for a year!

My 2 (euro) cents input is that you should think about charging for the site somehow. I am not sure what biz model would work best, and I don't think that you should go too high but $10pa for access x 10,000+ registered Strobist/Flickr members is... well, a lot (I was away the day they did math at school).


June 28, 2007 5:42 AM  
Blogger J.George said...

life's a great adventure, ain't it. All the best on your new course.

June 28, 2007 5:45 AM  
Blogger Joe said...

first things first David!

all the best with your adjustments.

Joseph (1st time poster, long time lurker)

June 28, 2007 5:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good to see your priorities are in order, David :)

A sorry lose for The Sun but a great win for your family and us.

Now I just need to reverse-engineer that picture above!



June 28, 2007 5:52 AM  
Anonymous Ron - WI said...

WOW. Just wow. Best wishes on your new venture.

June 28, 2007 6:05 AM  
Anonymous wogo said...


The title of this post made my heart skip a beat -- I was totally expecting you to say you had to give up the blog...


Anyway, best of luck with this new direction in your life. I think I can speak for the rest of the "Strobies" when I say we're behind you 10,000%.

As an aside from someone else who works from home -- Be *very* careful about your time management or you will find that you are getting *less* family time out of the deal. Just be aware (and I hope your wife doesn't read this).

Can't wait to see how things develop here without that pesky "Sun" thing getting in the way ;-)

June 28, 2007 6:08 AM  
Blogger Mike said...

Wow, go for it and all the best for making it happen. You have definitely hit on something with this website and you have a great attitude. Just remember you have fans all over the world and growing quickly, planning a trip to New Zealand :) (if you want to find us take any globe flip it over and there we are). Best of luck


June 28, 2007 6:08 AM  
Anonymous Allan said...

Good luck on the revised enterprise!

June 28, 2007 6:16 AM  
Anonymous JB said...

Best of luck David...Big decision to make wish I took the same plunge a few years back, when I had the chance.

One thing though, Time Management & SMART...don't try too much and it will be fun.

June 28, 2007 6:16 AM  
Blogger Reza said...

Great decision D- I hope everything works out. I have 2 and 4 year old boys and a full-time shooting gig as well, oh yeah, mom works full-time as well. I understand the strain on family and free tme. I hope you get all the tie in the world with those precious kids. Love the blog man! Best of luck.

June 28, 2007 6:30 AM  
Anonymous Duncan Babbage said...

Wow. Make the big call David. We're behind you.

June 28, 2007 6:31 AM  
Anonymous DanielJames said...


As difficult as I'm sure this decision was for you, I am excited that you've taken the much bumpier road that leads to much greener pastures. I continue to be amazed by your talent, and your ability to impart what you know to others ease, simplicity, and clarity.

Browsing aimlessly through Flickr photographs from photographers (pros, serious amateurs, and beginners alike) and the effects of your teachings are quite obvious.

I wish you and your family the best and look forward to learning more, enjoying more, and your continued success both with this site and in your personal goals.

Daniel James

June 28, 2007 6:40 AM  
Anonymous Bruce said...

Congrats on the big move, David!

June 28, 2007 6:45 AM  
Blogger Travis said...

Congratulations on knowing what is important, and congratulations on having the courage to act on that knowledge. My dad was able to spend a lot of time with us when I was young, and that was an incredibly important part of growing up for me.

June 28, 2007 6:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi David,

When I read your note I could totally identify with your struggle and wanted to wish you good luck!

I hope this all works out for you and your family and hope that you keep on having fun doing it. I hope doing this will never become just an other job for you.

Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge and ideas here!

A "wannabe" strobist in south-western Ontario

June 28, 2007 6:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a free-lance photographer for a newspaper, I have an idea what it's like to face an uncertain future.

Last fall, the newspaper offered buyouts to several people in the photo department, including the lead photographer that I had been working with. I wondered whether he would like my work as much as the person who was retiring.

Now the paper is looking for a new director of photography, so I'll be going through it again.

But my main reason for a hopeful future is because I've learned a lot about lighting right here at Strobist, so I'm sure that you will be fine.

Thanks for everything I've learned, and I'm sure that we (the readers of your blog) are grateful that your decision will mean that our learning won't stop.

Are you going to be working at all with the Sun (so we can have more on-assignments?)

June 28, 2007 6:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good on you David, you deserve the time with your family, and i'm glad we can help support it.
Any chance of another overseas tour? Say, Australia maybe?

June 28, 2007 7:00 AM  
Blogger Pavel said...

Good luck, David!

June 28, 2007 7:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

good luck David with your courageous decision, I look forward to supporting you in the future (in return for even more priceless knowledge). The Sun's loss is our (and your family's) gain -can't wait.


June 28, 2007 7:12 AM  
Blogger Terry said...

I very much enjoy your blog. I'm pleased that you're going to devote more time to it and your family.

I'll do my part by being first in line for the DVD and buying more from MPEX.


June 28, 2007 7:12 AM  
Blogger jerry said...

Phew, for a minute there I thought you were going to have to give up strobist! Jobs are over-rated anyway.
It's good to spend time with the family, good for the soul. I can vouch for it too, I stay at home and look after my son while my wife works, I try to fit in some photo jobs around his timing, it's not easy but very rewarding.

Good luck with it all.

June 28, 2007 7:12 AM  
Blogger M said...

Great news for photographers everywhere. I wish you tons of luck, and commend you for putting your priorities in place and living your life accordingly.

Looking forward to the DVD and a Chicago seminar soon.

June 28, 2007 7:12 AM  
Blogger thechrisproject said...

I think that's absolutely wonderful. Congratulations on making a good decision. It's nice to be able to simplify and do the important things... and still be able to help us out! I think it will work out nicely for you and your family.

June 28, 2007 7:19 AM  
Blogger Jukka Vuorinen said...

Whoa! Congratulations and all the best for you.

I believe this is the best solution for Strobist, but lets also hope that this is the best solution for you. :)

P.S. I really love Lighting 102, you are doing great job. :)

June 28, 2007 7:22 AM  
Blogger Tim said...

Hi David,

I guess I could see some time back that you were being faced with a difficult decision... and I wish you the very best in your path. For my own part, I came to conclusion a long time ago that my kids were by far the most important part of my life. It would be *great* to see you back here some time, and if there's ever any way that I can be of help, you have only to say. I mean that.

Take care, mate, and get your ass back here soon!

Warmest regards,
Tim J.

June 28, 2007 7:25 AM  
Anonymous Tanya Shields said...

Congratulations!!! Your children must be very excited.

I am too. :)

June 28, 2007 7:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's a big change - well done for giving it a go. I hope it's a big success for you.

June 28, 2007 7:36 AM  
Anonymous Janus said...

I'm so glad you chose to focus on this website (and us readers), other than your daytime job!

Hope this new work-combo works out for you.

Thanks for a super website!

June 28, 2007 7:43 AM  
Blogger Nicholaus Haskins said...

Holy crapity David thats awesome! The Sun must have been like....omg. im sure they know of Strobist by now!

I am sooo struggling to get this business to where I can spend all the time with my family too!

Congrats David. Big move. I support that, and your site.

By the way, have you seen the Florida Strobist Meet on the Flickr forum?

June 28, 2007 7:44 AM  
Blogger Matt said...

This is going to be great!
Good luck, David.

June 28, 2007 7:53 AM  
Anonymous Michael Connor said...


Congratulations. I remember when you left Patuxent for the Sun. This will be a nice step for you. I was wondering which one of the three were going to give first. I'm glad it's not the family and you seem to be good at this so I think you are making the right decision.

Good luck!


June 28, 2007 7:54 AM  
Blogger Aaron said...

Bravo for you !!!! More time with the family is always a good thing and a strobist DVD on the horizon, man o man I can't wait for that.

June 28, 2007 7:58 AM  
Blogger Erik said...

Sounds like a hard decision to walk away from the steady paycheck. Keep up the great writing and tutorials. Wish you the best of luck.

June 28, 2007 8:04 AM  
Blogger Iden Pierce Ford said...

Dave, being a diehard reader and practician of Strobist teachings, I am selfishly thrilled over your choice and happy for your family as well. I hope you will give consideration to coming to Toronto and if you need any help with setting that up, please let me know at

June 28, 2007 8:09 AM  
Blogger TDH Photography said...


I have just recently (last3 months) stumbled onto your site.... I love it and I love what you achieve with minimal equipment. I have been lighting with two 550EX and an ST-E2 for a number of years... you have opened my eyes to how little true consideration I have given to my lighting techniques.... Anyway, I digress.... I just wanted to step out of the lurkers closet, introduce myself, and say that I think this is a great move and one that you won't regret. Good luck! I, for one, will be here every step of the way with you.



June 28, 2007 8:09 AM  
Blogger Michael said...

Congratulations! This is a big decision, no doubt. I must admit that as I was reading, I feared that the one year leave was going to be from I look forward to meeting you at a seminar soon.
Best of Luck
Michael Ross

June 28, 2007 8:13 AM  
Anonymous Jonathan said...

Wow! I'm long time reader, but this is my first comment. I'm know there are many like me who really appreciate the time and effort you put into this for everyone but don't always speak up. Look forward to seeing the future projects and you can count on my support. Congratulations and best of luck - Jonathan, Australia.

June 28, 2007 8:14 AM  
Anonymous robtheotter said...

A brave move...
I for one would not object to a small subscription fee if that were to be introduced to the blog. Until then I promise to click an ad before I leave the page.
Good luck!

June 28, 2007 8:16 AM  
Blogger Marc said...

Congratulations on this momentous decision! I've only recently discovered your site and have already learned a lot from you. I'm looking forward to trying out some of the techniques. It's clear that there are thousands of folks like me hanging on your every blog post. So from me and them - thanks. Your efforts are appreciated.

June 28, 2007 8:19 AM  
Blogger Rick said...

David, I commend you for identifying and working on your priorities - especially family first. Hopefully, your plans include additional workshops. If you are looking for help in arranging said workshops, perhaps you could set up a separate blog for those who might become your hosts and coordinators.
Rick, St Paul, MN

June 28, 2007 8:19 AM  
Blogger Nikographer said...

Wow, big move, best of luck!

And from the title, as I was reading I was expecting to read that the blog was going to be on hold for a year... :D What was I thinking?!


June 28, 2007 8:20 AM  
Anonymous Alfred said...

Good luck, David! This is definitely one of those moments in life where a decision makes all the difference. And I think you're gonna do just great!

Sign me up for one of those DVDs of yours, too!

June 28, 2007 8:20 AM  
Blogger chadw said...

Good for you David! I wish you the best with this decision.

June 28, 2007 8:20 AM  
Anonymous Backwards_HAT said...

Wow! Big step, David! Congratulations and good luck to you in your new adventure! On a purely selfish note, I gotta say I'm happy you chose Strobist over the Sun - I've learned so much from you over the past few months and I feel my understanding of light and the way I think about it has grown and improved immeasurably. Can't wait to see what I learn next!

Sign me up for the DVD right now!


June 28, 2007 8:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good luck David!! :)

June 28, 2007 8:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Best of luck. Family always comes first so I think you made a good decision. I'm sure all will work out with you.


June 28, 2007 8:30 AM  
Blogger Rob said...

Gutsy move, David. Wish I had the cahonies to step up like that. Good luck! I hope it really works out for you because I love the blog and read it daily.

June 28, 2007 8:33 AM  
Blogger righteye said...

you made the right decision, as scary as it may have been. I agree that you only have a small window to enjoy your kids, as before you know it they will be grown up. I also think that this venture could be much more profitable for you than working at a newspaper. Take scott kelby for example with photoshop. He is worth millions and got it by teaching photoshop, and writing of course.
Your on your way, enjoy the ride.

June 28, 2007 8:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Best of luck! I'm happy for you! Will be looking out for the DVD :D

June 28, 2007 8:35 AM  
Blogger Cary said...

Wow! For a second there I wasn't sure if I wanted to continue reading your post (fearing that you were take a leave of absence from Strobist!!!). I have to say that I admire your courage and I have no doubt that you made the right choice. You're turning two of your passions (photography and teaching) into a full time career and will gain priceless family time to boot. Kudos to you sir and I wish you and your family best of luck!!! I know some folks who are hoping you have Indianapolis on your list! Can't wait for the DVD!


June 28, 2007 8:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good For You David!

CHEERS! Jay(toxonophile)

June 28, 2007 8:43 AM  
Anonymous Steve O. said...

Don't even start thinking you are going to get any more sleep! Thanks for all you do, David. You have improved my shooting 1000X!

June 28, 2007 8:51 AM  
Anonymous Bill said...

Big, GIANT, Brass ones buddy!!

Very proud to see that someone so obviously successfull at his profession, and able to communicated to hundreds of thousands (if not millions) across the globe, has made a stand for family over the almighty dollar (although I'm sure Stobist can and will do well for you!)

Best of luck David. I'm still "clicking-through" to amazon. even when I buy non photo stuff!!!

Good luck man! See ya on teh high ground!

June 28, 2007 8:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i wish you all the best for the future and hope you make it possible for us in germany to buy your dvd ;-)


June 28, 2007 9:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

before i read the article i was ready to comment that you should just ditch the family cause i thought you might be pulling back on posts here. my guess is that after this year you won't have to go back to the sun.

June 28, 2007 9:09 AM  
Anonymous tuthdoc99 said...

Congrats David, I agree with you that family is THE most important thing and like your, my child will only be a child for a short while so I too try to spend as much time as I possibly can with won't be long before she won't have time for me. This is a bold move on your part, I hope and assume that you have the full support of your spouse on this and I wish you the greatest of luck with this endeavor.
Yours truly,

June 28, 2007 9:28 AM  
Blogger NP36 said...

Congrats ... the daily grind at a Newspaper can take a lot out of you. We are all very lucky you've made this decision.

Thanks - Justin Ide

June 28, 2007 9:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I started reading the post thinking you were going to be abandoning the blog. Glad to see that wasn't the case and you made the jump. I think it speaks volumes that people in the comments are asking you to put up ads for us to click on so you can support your family. Congrats, good luck, and keep up the good work!

June 28, 2007 9:30 AM  
Blogger Steve Thurow said...

You've got big brass ones and obviously a very supportive wife, congratulations on the supportive wife not everyone is so lucky. I hope that you are successful.

Nice to know that a big paper is willing to let someone take a leave of absence now a days.

June 28, 2007 9:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I left flying helicopters back in '99 to become a stay at home dad so I know exactly where you're coming from. It was the best decision I ever made. No matter how much money one makes, time is something you just can't buy. I'll definitely buy your DVD and help you put some bread on the table for the family.
Globephoto (Pete - Edmonton, Canada)

June 28, 2007 9:37 AM  
Blogger Jason D. Moore said...

Good luck with the big move! I know it will be a test for you but I wish you all the best and know that all will be well!


June 28, 2007 9:38 AM  
Anonymous simon cornils said...

omg, i was close to a heartattack, ´cause i also thought you planed to give in other hands than yours..

all the best for you and your family,
i think there´s no doubt that all of us will support you in any possible way!
(e.g. if you ever plan to give a seminar in berlin, i know plenty of people who´d love to join! :)


simon cornils

June 28, 2007 9:41 AM  
Anonymous neil said...

A very brave step. Congratulations and best of luck for the year.

Enjoy it.

June 28, 2007 9:41 AM  
Blogger John said...

I agree with everyone else who got a bit of a chill when they saw the title of the blog post. Big decision, but I think you will do well... need not look farther than Strobist.

Kind of off topic but you mentioned a long list of cities: Any in the USA mid-west? I would love to see a St Louis / KC seminar.

June 28, 2007 9:45 AM  
Blogger Samuel said...

Carpe diem! Best of luck on your new venture!

June 28, 2007 9:46 AM  
Blogger Matthew Dingemans said...

Congratulations... I think you'll enjoy it, your kids and wife certainly will...

June 28, 2007 9:48 AM  
Blogger Matt said...

Congrats David!

Seems like a good time to extend my thanks to you for creating such a wonderful website; I've learned a terrific amount due to your insightful mentoring.

And I'm delighted that you can continue the work on the site *and* have more time with your family.

Thanks again,

PS If you ever get the chance to come down to Australia please let us know... :)

June 28, 2007 9:48 AM  
Blogger Jim said...

Life is short !

Time with the faimily when kids are young is even shorter !!!

Play hard and take lots of pictures.

With all this additional family time the biggest problem is going to be where are you going to display all the family pictures that you will have time to take now : )

June 28, 2007 9:55 AM  
Blogger thelonghaul said...

That is amazing, good on ya David !

June 28, 2007 10:01 AM  
Blogger Mikkel said...

Excellent decision David - I have a 11 weeks old son, and I'm able to work at home ... and mostly when he's sleeping, so I get to spend a lot of time with him. It's awesome!

Mikkel Bech

June 28, 2007 10:01 AM  
Anonymous matt adcock said...


Congrats on your freedom :)



June 28, 2007 10:02 AM  
Anonymous Anthony said...

Congrats David! I know we all greatly appreciate the fact that "we" were one of your "two out of three". In addition to the DVD, you might consider starting a video podcast at some point. I'm sure you could get some sponsorship. I know some leading podcast production experts. Let me know if you are interested.

June 28, 2007 10:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll add my pat-on-the-back along with everyone else's. It's really cool that you have both the opportunity and the nerve to make the switch, but I bet that you will look back and count it the best decision you ever made.

I'm just hoping I can reach that same level one day. Best of luck!

- David (the other one)

June 28, 2007 10:09 AM  
Blogger Photomedic said...

Well, when you go on tour with the Strobist Road Show, as I am certain you will - let me know.

I run a Photographic Arts Center in Manchester, NH ( and we would be glad to host you!

Best of luck on taking the plunge!

June 28, 2007 10:10 AM  
Anonymous Joe McCary said...

David, be thankful that in your life it did NOT take a calamity to show you the value of family. 12 Years ago my business partner and best friend was stricken with a brain tumor. It was ultimately fatal but in the year of his illness I learned the value of my family and after a short breather from his situation I changed my life. I closed the big expensive studio and started working from home. Life went from being forced to work on a high level to the luxury of picking and choosing. My wife and I are very close now, my daughter while living in a different city are also very close. I sail as often as possible (clients have a funny laugh when I answer the cell and say I am sailing on The Chesapeake bay right now and will call them later). My guess is that you life will take a big change and it will be for the better. There is nothing like the life of a news shooter, but there is nothing better than a life under your own control. So Congratulations, and as the Jimmy Buffett song says, "Breathe In; Breathe Out; Move On!"

June 28, 2007 10:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi David, may the GN be with you - always ;-)

June 28, 2007 10:15 AM  
Blogger jon said...

I would like to join the long list of supporters who are behind your decision. You have chosen adventure rather than the "safe" route, and I applaud you for your decision. You have also based your decision on sound principle. Well done. Sign me up for the DVD and please come to Indianapolis!!

June 28, 2007 10:19 AM  
Blogger A. said...


You picked your family first, AWESOME!

You picked us second!! DOUBLE AWESOME!

I'm a newb, but I'm eating this site up. I bought a Strobist kit from Midwest and hope to catch up in lighting 102. I actually live in the Baltimore area and was wondering if you were going to be doing any seminars. I will SO be there!

Thank you for everything you've shared with us!

June 28, 2007 10:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it's a big step, but i'm sure i speak for all the readers of your creation that we're grateful!!

June 28, 2007 10:27 AM  
Blogger Jacob said...

So you're saying there's an opening at the Sun.....

June 28, 2007 10:30 AM  
Blogger Klifton said...

Wow, good luck on all of it! We're all pullin' for ya! :)

June 28, 2007 10:36 AM  
Anonymous steve said...



I have a very well-to-do friend who told me one time that he didn't really start to enjoy life and to accumulate wealth, until he quit his job. I've never had the nards to do it, but from what I've seen of your enthusiasm, talent, and personality, you're never going to look back.

I'm only one in a thousand here, but I'll be delighted to support you via your website, attend a session should one come my way, and buy your DVD when ready.


June 28, 2007 10:40 AM  
Anonymous jojo said...

wow...brave decission!

thank you for all!

June 28, 2007 10:46 AM  
Blogger Daniel Cormier said...

I haven't read all of the comments, but I know I had the same thought as at least one other person: that you were leaving us.

Not that I (nor, I'm sure, anyone else here) would have blamed you for doing so.

I think I speak for all of us when I say, "Thank you very much, David."

(This might get a bit sappy, but bear with me...)

I'm very glad to be a part of this group. A group of people that help each other to learn and perfect new techniques and inspire each other to continue to do so.

No, this group would not be the same without the people in it.

At the same time, it also would not be the same without you; the one who created it and gives it direction.

I'm sure there has been no small amount of doubt going through your mind about this decision, but I hope by the time you've read this far through the comments that you'll be more at ease.

I'm happy to say that support this blog by buying from MPEX. In fact, I just did so yesterday. I also had intended to donate $100 through PayPal at the end of Lighting 102. Perhaps I'll do that a bit sooner.

I do hope that you'll do a seminar in the Tampa/St. Petersbug, Florida area.

June 28, 2007 10:50 AM  
Blogger Sean Phillips said...

Fantastic! I hope you can turn this into a full time permanent venture!


June 28, 2007 10:50 AM  
Anonymous wtorbeyns said...

Congratulations on your decision, David. I work part-time to be able to spend more time with my wife and kids (6 and 3 years old and we're expecting a third one for September). It was no easy decision and we had to adjust our lifestyle and our plans a little, but quality of life has improved a lot.


June 28, 2007 10:51 AM  
Blogger Duane Keys said...

Great news! Best of luck!

June 28, 2007 10:58 AM  
Blogger iwantmy5d said...

Good for you..
Now what's the chances of you making a Canadian trip to Vancouver :)

June 28, 2007 11:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a stay at home Dad for the last 7 years, I commend you for your decision. Enjoy these 12 months with your children, sadly the months will pass faster than you will like. Good luck and congrats.

June 28, 2007 11:12 AM  
Blogger Stephan said...


What a choice! I admire your guts and I'm very pleased with the outcome.
Now, on your way to Amsterdam or Paris!

June 28, 2007 11:15 AM  
Blogger Pat (Patrick) Blake said...


As a self-employed photographer, I've learned a lot over the past year since I discovered Strobist. Thank you for all your hard work and dedication.

I applaud your decision to go out on your own. Personally, it was the best decision I ever made. I love being my own boss, I hope you do too. My first baby is on the way in less than 4 weeks and I love the fact that I'm self-employed, can work my schedule any way I like, and spend quality time with my family.

Good luck!

June 28, 2007 11:15 AM  
Blogger abedrous said...

Wow! make sure you get this archived so you can show your kids when they're old enough to appreciate it.

June 28, 2007 11:21 AM  
Blogger Nick said...

Whew, when I read the title, I was worried you were going to leave your family... (-:


I'm glad you made this choice rather than staying with the newspaper. I will buy your DVD! I have to get inside ofyour head as much as I can.

Be sure to let me know ifyou're here in Japan.

June 28, 2007 11:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

YOU ROCK DUDE - Don't ever give in! Put up a Paypal donation link to support the blog. I'll pitch in and I think many more would also - the information you provide has helped many photogs - including myself.


June 28, 2007 11:35 AM  
Anonymous Jim Lafferty said...

Wow! Congrats, man!

Uhm... any chance they need a strobe shooter at the Sun now that you're gone? I know a guy who knows some things...


- jim

June 28, 2007 11:42 AM  
Blogger Jim Plush said...

Please add a DVD sign up box somewhere. I will definitely be purchasing that puppy when it comes out! good luck.

June 28, 2007 11:44 AM  
Blogger Giles said...

Congrats and best of luck, David.

Warning, though: Being self-employed is addicting. Beware of a strong desire over the next few months to _never_ go back...;)


June 28, 2007 11:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your taking the plunge into unknown waters...of course, you already know you have a lot of support from all of us readers! You are beginning a new and exciting life and your family will love you for it! Now you will have more time to tweek your already fabulous sense of humor too! Come to Phoenix - we would love to see you here!

June 28, 2007 11:45 AM  
Blogger veronica lynne said...

Congrats on a job well done. You've done so well you've been rewarded with the dream come true of spending time with family and pursuing what you love most--photography. I love your work and obviously many, many others do too. Looking forward to the next phase of


June 28, 2007 11:53 AM  
Anonymous Zenfolio Team said...

Well done, David! We are honored to be part of your support team!


June 28, 2007 12:03 PM  
Anonymous Oscar Lopez said...

Family time is priceless.

I will be ok with all of it as long as Calgary, Alberta, Canada is somewhere in that long list of cities.

And if you come, please rest assure that I will be willing to help you in away shape possible.

June 28, 2007 12:04 PM  
Blogger Adam Trevillian said...

I'm sure you made a good decision. You should bring a seminar to the Raleigh/Durham area in North Carolina, as that is where I am!

Best of luck.

June 28, 2007 12:45 PM  
Anonymous Marton B. From the P.I. said...

Awesome! :) David we are grateful for this. Thank you so much! I know you sacrificed a lot and I am grateful for that. My photography has improved because of you. Thank you :)

Do a seminar here in the Philippines :)

June 28, 2007 12:48 PM  
Anonymous Chris said...

Sounds awesome. Glad you are able to take the leap. Can't wait to get the DVD of your lighting course.

June 28, 2007 12:55 PM  
Blogger Omless Wanderer said...

Does this mean there's a photog job opening up in the Baltimore area now? ;)

How smart of you to only take a leave of absence. Once lighting 102 is done you'll need more 'On Assignments'! :D

June 28, 2007 1:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I too thought the blog was on the chopping block. as much fun as work and the website is, I can't imagine risking a divorce is anywhere near worth it. Afterwards the Sun will get back an even better and happier employee than before! Does that exist nowadays?

June 28, 2007 1:10 PM  
Blogger justin jones said...

I was scared as I started reading the post thinking you were too busy to update this site. Then I read on and remembered your dedication and for that I applaud you.

Thanks for keeping it going, I wish nothing but success for you!

Strobist is awesome but I'm glad that family is still #1....but thanks for not forgetting us! ;)

June 28, 2007 1:13 PM  
Blogger Zeke said...

Congratulations. Next thing you know, you'll have you're own late night talk show!

June 28, 2007 1:43 PM  
Blogger Rob said...

Can I pre-register for the SF Bay Area seminar now?

June 28, 2007 2:16 PM  
Anonymous Rob S. in Vegas said...

Great move! Enjoy your family to the fullest.

And, um, I'll pre reg for the Las Vegas seminar right now :-0

June 28, 2007 2:29 PM  
Blogger legrady said...

You must have heard that I had started reading, so it was time to get serious!

Thanks for giving us your time, hope things work out the way you want.


June 28, 2007 2:43 PM  
Blogger rob said...

Frist, David congratulations! Several years ago I quit my "real job" and have never looked back. I wish you the best. Second, thanks very much for the blog. I'm a lurker by nature, but your big announcement required a posting. I'll certainly be preordering your DVD, and just today noticed the "support" paypal button on the page. Third, L102 is awesome! I missed the first bootcamp, and I've been just lurking on L102 so far, but I hope to get some pictures uploaded soon. (Family, work, then photo... we all work within the constraints...)


June 28, 2007 3:07 PM  
Blogger Kenneth Berntsen said...

Good luck, I hope I can have a similar opportunity to get that time with my kids.

June 28, 2007 3:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi David!

You've heard (read) this comment many times before me, but anyway:

Excellent, good luck and most of all good fun - both with your lighting and your family.

We haven't (yet) many devotees in Mauritius, but maybe we can invite you sometime to a seminar here - the three of us will have to work on that!

Cheers and good luck again!

Joe Moffett

June 28, 2007 3:16 PM  
Blogger David said...

Geez, guys. Thanks much for everything - the congrats, the nice sentiments and the contributions.

And many of those seminar cities you have been mentioning are already on my list. I'm serious about that.


June 28, 2007 3:18 PM  
Blogger Aidan said...

Good luck with everything - hopefully you will be making an appearance in London again ;)

Thanks for all the quality info :)


June 28, 2007 3:34 PM  
Anonymous Naresh said...

Hello David,

First of all good luck on the new venture. It must be a very exciting to make this decision. I am sure it must also be a little scary. This is a huge decision, one I am trying to make for a very long time. :)

Anyways have fun and enjoy the new path. You can count on me and many others for supporting you on this new venture.

Congrats and good luck again.


June 28, 2007 3:35 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

after 175 this is going to sound redundant....

Glad your chosing to be a dad full time! your kids will thank you in the end, im so proud! :)
and thanks for choosing us, i love your blog and i dont think i could do without my daily readings. mwwwah!

i know everyhting will work out great!


June 28, 2007 3:50 PM  
Blogger Caleb said...

Best of luck to you man. I admire you for thinking of your family. It seems all to common these days for people to get caught up in work.

June 28, 2007 3:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pick any two... You picked the right two. Your family and your passion.

I look forward to whatever comes next!


June 28, 2007 4:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

David - Well timing is a funny thing - just this morning I went to my first "assignment" using the techniques I have learned on Strobist - I was full of confidence and and the shoot was a great success.

I left the shoot thinking hmmm "That went pretty well - I wonder about my day job???" ;)

I know I still have lots to learn so I think I'll stay put for now but just wanted to say thanks for everything.

I hope the extra time you get to spend with your kids instills all of that confidence and other skills in them. Plus they will teach you some new skills as a Daddy too. Mrs. Strobist must be thrilled too!!!

Good luck on your adventure - I hope it lasts a lifetime not just a year.

aka b1gw1ght

June 28, 2007 4:31 PM  
Anonymous Reg said...

your'e a legend dave, I admired you before and I admire you more now.
I remember the day I went out on my own and gave up the steady paycheck.
Its not that big a deal once you have someone to tell you its going to be ok. Its reasons like this that men know they've married the right woman, you obviously have, as have I.
Not that you need it but good luck.

June 28, 2007 4:46 PM  
Anonymous Ben-S said...

This is my first comment, although I've been a regular reader of strobist for quite a long time.

Thanks for what you're doing, David.
I've learnt a lot from this site, and it looks like that's going to carry on.

Any chance of a PAL format DVD for us UK folks?

Best regards to you and your family,

June 28, 2007 4:52 PM  
Anonymous Ken C said...

Congratulations! I am on the same boat out here in Brussels Belgium. 12 months of spending time with my two young boys and learning a lot about photography from you and several others. People kept telling me that this is something I will never forget, and so far it has been incredible.

By the way, I grew up in Hanover MD (near Ft. Meade) and read the Sun until I moved off to college. It is great to hear your stories about the area!

Any seminars planned for this neck of the woods?


June 28, 2007 5:05 PM  
Blogger Jason said...

Wow David, thank you so much. my heart stopped when I thought of the possibility of no more Strobist. You've helped to inspire me as well as helped me grow as a photographer. I hope your travels bring you out to Vancouver BC sometime in the near future.

June 28, 2007 5:09 PM  
Blogger Pete said...

For a horrible moment I thought you were about to shutdown Strobist! You have created a wonderful thing here, I can only see it getting stronger. I have kids the same ages and fully understand the time/prorities thing.
Best wishes from New Zealand.

June 28, 2007 6:04 PM  
Blogger Alexander said...


It takes a lot of guts to make such a decision. I'm glad to hear you have done some soul searching and found what matters most to you. Thanks for all you've done for us (that includes choosing us over The Sun)!


June 28, 2007 6:09 PM  
Blogger Fabio said...

Congratulations on your decisioin. I have been following the blog only for the last couple weeks and I am so thankful. Because of it, I just bought 2 strobes and am anxiously waiting. I also live in Baltimore, work at JHH and would love to go to a workshop or classes with you. Pleae post if you plan to do anything around.

June 28, 2007 7:00 PM  
Blogger SentrosiProductions said...

takes a lot of guts, good on you. I wish you all the best and i hope to see you out here in Japan at some time!

June 28, 2007 7:19 PM  
Blogger Roy said...

Congratulations on a brave, bold move. God speed, good luck and fare well. In the karmic order of things only more good should come from this choice you have made.

June 28, 2007 7:33 PM  
Anonymous Tim Solley said...

Three cheers for David Hobby! I'll buy anything you'll produce, and please please bring a seminar to Austin, Texas (or at least some other Texas city...I'll drive!

June 28, 2007 8:01 PM  
Blogger Clint said...

Holy cow.

Kudos to your wife for having faith enough in you to let you do this. Takes a lot of guts to give up the health insurance and a steady paycheck.

June 28, 2007 8:34 PM  
Anonymous Glauco said...

Congratulations and enjoy the family!

June 28, 2007 9:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I hope we can help improve your life, as much as you've helped us improve our lighting.

Now, let me pre-register for the workshop in Dayton, Ohio (birthplace of aviation, home of the Vectren Dayton Air Show - in July - and the National Museum of the United States Air Force.)

When the Phil Donahue Show originated here (and that was a LONG time ago...) it was marketed that Dayton was near the top of the list of 90 minute markets.

That meant there were a lot of people within a 90 minute drive of Daytonb.

It seems logical then, that we're a good choice for a workshop.

Well, that, and I'll do whatever I can to help.

Peter Wine

June 28, 2007 9:22 PM  
Blogger David said...


I passed that along to her. Thanks.

@Everyone -

Boy, I have a lot of cities to go to...

June 28, 2007 9:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi David

I wish you best of luck and I know how important family is. Esp. the kids and once they growning up won't able to enjoy much. I have two kids and I know how they missing me too. Good move for family.

Well, last I was 3rd on waiting list for London course and this time I really want to see you in London. In term of DVD, I will support you without any thoughts. Take my pre-order for it. :)

Take care and see you soon in London.


June 28, 2007 10:12 PM  
Blogger Eduardo said...

Dave I can't thank you enough for what you have done, the educational resources mixed with the chuckles from the little jokes that are in the middle of the articles have helped me to be a better photographer, many many thanks Dave!!!

YAY!! DVD!!! that is uber cool I want one :) I will buy it as soon as it gets out!! will be stalking MPEX *chuckles*

It is great to see that you are a man with goals but in no way your family is in a second place to your goals, in this age many put aside the ones they love because of their work, you are different your top priority is your family then it comes the rest, your family should be proud of you :) and you should be proud of your family because they have been supporting you :).

In all I wish you the best in your new goals :), count with us for whatever you need!!! and you can rest assured that we will form a buying mob when the DVD comes out :D!!!!

If there is anything we can do to help you achieve your goals let us know!

The best of the best for a great Family man, friend and teacher!!!

Cheers :)


June 28, 2007 10:18 PM  
Anonymous Kevan Goddard said...


I wish you nothing but success in this new venture. Strobist in a source of inspiration for me and thousands of others - I hope this new direction pays off for you and youe family.

Thank you
Kevan Goddard

June 28, 2007 10:25 PM  
Blogger ryan99d said...

...including cities in OTHER countries, David. I'm sure there's a lot of strobist lighting to teach here in the Philippines to say the least.

God bless you with your decision! Can't wait for the DVD to be out, too!

Ryan Macalandag
Bohol, Philippines

June 28, 2007 10:29 PM  
Blogger Ian said...

bold but brilliant move....enjoy yourself..and let us reap the benefit!!!

June 28, 2007 11:25 PM  

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