I need your help

I’ve been enthusiastic about photography these past eight months. (Why?)

In addition to all that, I’ve photowalked almost twenty times[1. with more than one person].

However, I need help addressing the following problems ASAP.


Currently, I have equipment worth over $2,000. If my camera/computer dies, or if I need more hard drive space, I don’t have money saved for that. I also don’t have money for additional hard drives – I’m currently using 188 GB just for photos and Lightroom catalogs. In addition, I’d like more lenses to expand my photographic abilities.

I’m a struggling student going back to school in January 2009[2. assuming Cal Poly Pomona accepts me], which means I’ll be getting a loan.

I’m in debt due to credit cards[3. not entirely my fault, it’s a long story that I don’t want to be public], which add up to at least $4,000.

Lastly, I don’t have an emergency fund or a savings account.

How you can help

  1. Buy some prints. I love compliments, but it won’t help keep me going if I don’t have funds for upgrades and new equipment.
  2. Request for photography services. I’ll do a photo session with you: portraits, family portraits (Christmas is around the corner!), senior portraits, events, or be a second/third photographer for your wedding[4. not enough experience to be the primary photographer – yet]. I also love band photography. I pretty much love portraits in general, can you tell?

Whether or not you’re able to help me monetarily, I really appreciate the love and support you’ve given me this past year. I won’t forget. You all inspire me to improve.

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Bryan Villarin

Bryan works at Automattic. Cat whisperer. Sometimes, a photographer and card magician.

7 thoughts on “I need your help”

  1. You’ve only been at this for less than a year. Oh my god you kick my ass hard. Your stuff is amazing and your eye, your eye is incredible. I only wish I could commit so much to photography like you have. I’ll see what I can do to help since you are a talented guy who deserves the help to only get more awesome!


  2. Bryan, your photography skills are great. Concerning your statement of having “not enough experience to be the primary photographer”, have you considered applying for employment on a per-job basis with a local professional photographer? Most event photographers hire (and train) their additional photographers on a per-job basis. I’m sure you’ll be able to find someone looking for an apprentice.


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