IN THE MAKING
With a little ripple of pride, I am writing this article. Why? Because this year marks THEPROJECTPIXEL’S 10TH YEAR. When I first started in 2009 as an independent local photography brand, I had no idea that the studio would still be locking your fondest memories into pixels right up until this very second that you are reading this. Being a self-taught artist and photographer, I have had to learn a lot over the last 10 years, both technically and commercially. The thing with starting your own business is that you literally don’t know what you don’t know. It’s easy to head off into the entrepreneurial world but sticking at it through good times and tough ones takes strength (which I now know haha).
The technicalities and trends of photography have definitely changed over the last 10 years, there is no doubt that running a small business requires grit and determination but the strong support from our clients and partners during our growth has been unwavering. Whilst this 10-year anniversary is a personal milestone for me, I think it’s also a solid fist bump for every single client, friend, partner and photographer we have worked with.
With time comes wisdom but I don’t for one minute claim to be an expert on all things business because trust when I say that I have made many mistakes along the way as well but I have learnt some useful stuff like:
1) Taking a leap of faith by trying something different can lead to great things.
2) Everything takes time.
3) Be yourself unapologetically.
4) Take pride of your own work.
5) Find acceptance that change is the only constant.
To aspiring and young entrepreneurs, any new endeavour can be both terrifying and tricky. But a lot of the time, the hardest part is making that first move. Just do the things you want to do and find out if they work. But never for once forget to have fun in everything that you do. Jon Krakauer once said “The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences and hence there is no greater joy than to have changing horizons, for each day to have a new and different sun. If you want to get more out of life, you must sometimes lose your inclination for monotonous security.”
ON TO THE
After a decade of wedding season day in day out, it was time for #THEPROJECTPIXEL to delve into uncharted territories – Finding a balance between work and play to keep the childlike curiosity in all of us going. And with that comes the birth of SUBCLTURE – A new project that quietly started a year ago which came along with many sleepless nights but definitely well worth it! To peep fresh drops and work in progress, hit this.
Hope you have enjoyed our Instagram feed for the past month or so with some never seen before raw content, completely “ruining” aspects of the usual wedding profile feed aesthetic. Most times we like to set ourselves apart from the customary style of things in this field but still delivering versatility, variety and unconventional fun without compromising on reliability and quality works. If you haven’t caught up with our postings, here you go: #TTP10YEARSTHROWBACK!
To all the people that we have already worked with – thank you for being a part of our journey. And to future clients, photographers/videographers, creative individuals, content creators and artists that we have yet to meet – Great things might be just be around the next corner! Feel free to hit us up when an idea strikes.
PS: This special occasion is also dedicated to my Mak, in fond memories of my late Bak (I carry your name close to my heart in all that I do.), to my crazy wife NurulHuda and my first born Iman Naia.
SLOW & STEADY – Shukri Samsuri
Founder of THEPROJECTPIXEL & SUBCLTURE