2017 boils down to one word for me, growth. Every year I choose a few areas of my life and business that I focus my energy towards. Last year was balance and productivity. It was a year to work less and lean into creating more value for others. Getting outside was a priority and I almost reached an intense goal I set to hike more than I ever have. I learned to be far more aware of what the people in my life are going through and how to support them in their process. Growing more in my self brought challenges last year but it also cultivated a peace like I’ve never felt. We grow when we face the uncomfortable and I am embracing life outside my comfort zone as much as I can going forward.

I’m grateful for each and every one of you whom I had the pleasure of working with last year. To every photographer whom I had the privilege of mentoring, I can’t express how filled my soul is because of you. 2018 is a huge year for me. It’s a year for redevelopment. My soul has shifted since I began this career. I am approaching my craft, my business and the people in my life with more intention than ever in 2018. Depth to my work and to the relationships I have with others is essential this time around the sun.

Somehow, this camera continues to present unbelievable opportunities that I will continue to chase. Below are just a glimpse of my favorite frames from 2017. You can see more if you care to follow along with me on Instagram. Hope you enjoy.

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Back at one of my favorite venues in the Los Angeles Arts District! Cassandra and Peter’s Intimate California wedding had us dual wielding the photo and film side of the day at the Ace Hotel and Millwick and you may recognize some of these spots from Meagan & Josh’s Wedding in DTLA a few years back. The Heist jammed classic rock music all night as everyone danced into the night and this party was one I won’t forget. Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Costello, your Millwick wedding was an incredible one to capture both moving and still for. Grateful for the entire experience I’ve had working with you both! Huge thanks as well to Danielle at Floral Crush for the amazing design and to my good friends Nathan Parens and Khoa Truong for assisting with camera work on the day of.

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I exist to elevate and empower creatives; to realize the potential they individually hold to craft sustainable businesses that provide a purposeful life and profitable living. It’s been an incredibly special week having the opportunity to share for a full day in a very intimate setting with a group of creatives from around the Northwest at my first public workshop.

After years of teaching exclusively in a private year long Mentorship setting, I finally chose to make the jump into the workshop world with the intention of shifting the perspective of wedding creatives. I find the starving artist mentality is a lie that too many have bought into and I hope these gatherings continue to inspire and influence people to shift their businesses to becoming something different across the globe.

I cannot say thank you enough to Larch Provisions for crafting a memorable food experience and here’s a glimpse of the day captured by the incredible, Maccoy Dean. For everyone who attended the Work Less Make More Portland workshop, thank you for sharing the space with me. It was a day I won’t forget.

“My mind was blown last night at Robert J Hill’s workshop. I don’t think I’ve ever been more excited to be 1000% myself, nor have I felt this much sense of deep purpose/appreciation in what I do. Robert, thank you for making me feel so whole before booking season!”

Ellie Asher / Portland, Oregon

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“”Amazing experience! I walked away with so much info and so much work I now have to do and try to apply to my business in my own way!””

Michael Leidtke / Sioux Falls, South Dakota

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“I loved it! Great day, super fun group, I learned a TON and the atmosphere was really friendly, relaxed and open which I sincerely appreciated. Even though I’ve been in business for 8 years I came away with a ton of new knowledge and ideas for my business!”

Katy Weaver / Portland, Oregon

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“”Had SO much fun! And learned more than I could have imagined. Stoked to implement everything! Thanks Robert! You seriously rock.””

Jason Lucas / Seattle, Washington

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“You are so inspiring, thank you so much for being so open and honest!”

Jess Hunter / Yakima, Washington

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“It was unbelievable to say the very least!”

Maccoy Dean / Portland, Oregon

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“It was worth it. You dedicated an entire day to elevating and empowering us. The experience was well orchestrated from the venue to the food and everything in between. I love being a part of a creative community. Pricing blew me away the most and it’s something that I need to get better at.”

Don Derosier / Spokane, Washington

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