@fittravellove and @robinmaete
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I guess there could be many things making myself unique. I think being extremely focussed on my personal goals is one of the biggest facts about me and my life.
Robin, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?
Ohh, thatÂ´s pretty long time ago. As I was a teen, I got inspired by dancers and freerunners from youtube. Especially Daniel Cloud Campos is one of my idols, pushing me to the point where I am right now. He is a very open-minded guy as well and inspired me by short video clips on youtube.
Who is your inspiration in life Robin? How do you keep inspired?
I know itÂ´s hard to say "never give up". I do have a lot of moments where I think "Why am I doing all this?" But then something tells me "Just go on, Robin. ItÂ´s close!" I try to get everything in balance, doing a lot of sports, activities, going out with friends and at least spending time with my wife. All these things around me and my life pushing me and keep me being inspired. In my eyes, you only should not lose your focus on what you want to reach.
We all make mistakes Robin, and we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Photographer; you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
Honestly I, try to forget those moments as soon as possible. But I donÂ´t know which moment should be handled better. Maybe I have to think for a long time to answer this.
Robin, when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Photographer, how do you go about prioritizing your clients’ needs?
Yes, thatÂ´s true! ItÂ´s hard to get everything done in the time your customers want to. So there is no Saturday and Sunday you can lean back and relax. After coming home from work (around 6 pm) I go into my home office and work another 5-7 hours to get everything done.
Please tell us, Robin, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer?
Sometimes you have to organize your jobs hard. Otherwise, you wonÂ´t finish or maybe will do something wrong. So I try to write down everything on my agenda. If I wonÂ´t, something will fail. If the time is really short, I try to solve first tasks with PARETO. The principle of 20% invest and 80% success. You should inform yourself about this!
Robin, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
I try to motivate a lot of people around me. You will not succeed every day because mostly it depends on their behaviour and strongness. I always tell others they just should focus on their goals and write down what they want to reach. If itÂ´s written down, you keep focussing on it.
Robin, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Photographer. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you want to share with everyone. What is it and why?
Puhh, I think itÂ´s nothing better than "being better than expected". I love it if people receive my work with a smile on their face.
Robin, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
At night or early morning, you can be more creative than during the day. There arenÂ´t any things which refract you from work.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?
After trying so many things in life, I mentioned that nothing is more precious than continuity. If you keep going, doing day by day the same. And keep going, even if itÂ´s becoming exhausting. Keep going and youÂ´ll reach your dreams. So my advice is CONTINUITY to be successful. Sometimes itÂ´s not important to be the best. ItÂ´s more important that you always be present with passion.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for?
Yes, for sure! I do look for brands that fit into our Instagram wall. My wife and I are open-minded for collaborations. For example, WeÂ´d like to receive new stuff to promote on our wall. But we do travel as well as we love fashion. So as you can see, there could be a lot of opportunities.
Photographer: Robin Maeter @robinmaeter // @fittravellove