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Dream Big: Desire

Desire: Each journey starts with the first step

First of all you need a dream. An aspiration. And a desire to make that dream happen. So here’s …

Step 1: Desire

Listen to your heart – ’cause you’ll need it’s burning passion.


Listen: Take time to be quiet, so you can hear yourself think. And when it’s finally quiet enough and you do hear that still, small, faint voice:

Don’t ignore it.

Don’t snuff it out.

Don’t shut it down.

For me this took time. But when I finally was quiet enough to listen, I heard:  “You should do more, than just make money with this new video thing. How about you ask …Continue reading

Dream Big: Nightmare or Dream job?

A Kodiak screams over my head in Lal as I am capturing video for On Wings of Hope.

Does this sound like a nightmare or your dream job:

Picture this – You’re over 8,000 miles from home and not one person around you speaks your language. Although you normally live at sea level, today you find yourself working at an elevation of over 9,000 feet in 25 below zero  temperatures.

You’re over 18 hours by car, from where you are going to sleep tonight – that’s if the mountain pass were open. However that pass will remain snowed in and impassible for at least another 3 months. Even if it where open, the road itself is to dangerous for you to travel on anyway. Continue reading

Work for Free! (Guest post on ASMP strictly business)

Work for Free Guest blog postPicture your dream job, the image you’ve been dying to create, the gig you’d do anything to get. Got it? Great. Did you shoot it this past year? No? How about the year before?

Does your work challenge and fulfill you? If it does, congratulations, you don’t need to go on reading this post.  But, if you want help in how to push yourself and keep on the cutting edge read on.

Find a project that gets you excited (I mean, like, really excited).

Make a list of a couple (still or motion) projects that contain something you’ve always wanted to do or a place you’ve wanted to visit or an assignment that’ll challenge you – something that you don’t think you can pull off … Now find an organization, that would benefit from one of these projects, the documentary short or a photo essay or some prints

Commit to making the best project you can.

Once you find your project, go and pour your heart and soul into it. Push yourself hard, lose sleep, get uncomfortable. Then turn around and deliver the best project you’ve ever made (that’s why it’s so important to find something, that really gets you fired up.)

Step 1 OK.” you say “A project, that gets me excited. Check.

Step 2Organization that could use it. Check.”

Great – you’re almost there.

Step 3 Now go an produce it for free. “Alright. Work for free. Che…wait, what?

Work for … what?

Ok, I know what your thinking: “How will working for free, make me do better in 2014?” My contention is that you won’t become challenged and fulfilled in your job if you don’t.

Let me clarify: when I say work for free, I don’t mean, that you pay for whatever project will cost to produce (that’s why important you find a client who can use what you’re going to create), but you’re gonna have to put in some serious time and sweat equity into it.

Lastly – show it off.

You know that you shoot what you show. So show your pet project. Hype it up! Talk about it. Send it to your clients: “Hey look what I did!”

Are you ready to shoot your dream job in 2014? Tell us in the comments what you are dying to shoot and remember, the bigger your dream, the better the opportunity!


This post was first published on Strictly Business – the blog of the American Society of Media Photographers.

How to pick your next project (Guest post on Nino Leitner’s blog)

Guest Post on Nino Film

How do you decide which project you embark on? I’m not talking about the work we do to pay our bills (although someof us are fortunate enough to work on some really cool paid gigs). I mean those projects that we create, because we really believe in the subject or we get to travel to a place that we’ve always wanted to see or because someone takes a chance on us and let’s us create something really cool. So how do you look for those opportunities?

– Read the complete post at Nino Leitner’s blog

Award: Depuhl one of the 20 Best of ASMP 2013


ASMP Bulletin Best of Issue 2013 CoverASMP honors the 20 best photographers and cinematographersPascal Depuhl wins Best of ASMP 2013 for Photos from award winning documentary Best of ASMP 2013 awarded for documentary film

Click on images to see article in ASMP Bulletin Best of issue 2013

American Society of Media Photographers honors Miami based photographer and cinematographer Pascal Depuhl for his documentary film “On Wings of Hope”. Filmed in Afghanistan in early 2012, the short movie tells the story of a daring medivac flight.
Read ASMP’s complete interview with documentary filmmaker Pascal Depuhl online.

“Pascal Depuhl launches his documentary career from 10,000 feet in the Afghan mountains” (Guest Blog Post on ‘The VFinder’)

Pagasus in Kret frame

My name is Pascal Depuhl. In winter of 2012 I embarked upon one of the greatest challenges of my career, filming my first documentary: “On Wings of Hope“. The documentary tells the story of Pactec, an aid organization in Afghanistan that provides flight services to over 200 NGOs in this Central Asian country and allowing those organizations to impact the lives of countless Afghans. As you can imagine, Afghanistan is not the easiest place to film in to begin with, and I found myself facing a myriad of challenges beginning with the physical ones, such as filming at 10,000 feet above sea level, in -25º C temperatures, recording sound and video in small, noisy aircraft as a one person crew…

– Read the complete post at The VFinder blog