Long Form

I have started a new series on youtube and that is “Just Speak”. This is where I will be just siting down and talking about random topics that are on my mind or topics I love and don’t make videos about. I am using it as a way to just vent in a way and it gives me another source of content to put out to show other interest outside of photography and videography.

Check out my first one here :

Youtube: https://youtu.be/0LyAaUyMPFs

Spotify(audio only) : https://open.spotify.com/episode/2rned4BAY8YvbxTmaSKQsF?si=kz5Tay7ETvmIdK-VfD5F3g

Have a listen, have a good day and keep livin.

An introduction.

Hello everyone,

Today, I want to introduce myself to you all. I am Derek Livingston. I am a full time videographer and a freelance photographer. I have been working with a camera in hand for about 5 years now. I have jumped around a good bit to just stay busy and justify my camera gear purchases.

When it comes to photography, I started with nature and landscape photography for the most part. I had tried my hand at portrait photography off and on and it’s grown on me and would love to be more active in it but posing people isn’t something I am good at in my opinion. Then comes weddings and realize very quickly that wedding photography is something I will never do. Then there is sports photography. Sports photography is a huge passion of mine and something I really love to do. It has always been something I can fall back to when I need a break from my other areas of work. I love getting out and shooting sports whenever, wherever that may be. I recently started a new freelance gig and that is shooting sports for a local college. This is something I have been working towards and super excited to see what the future holds for me in sports photography.

Now, onto video work. My video work started in weddings and client work at a marketing agency. The marketing agency was a mix of work from youtube, tv, or social media video. Then came weddings, and since leaving the marketing agency I am still a full time videographer for an education company and still video weddings when I can. Now let’s jump out of work and get more personal.

I am married to my wife Terra. We have one cat, two dogs and multiple nieces with a niece or nephew on the way! We love seeing our family, going to breweries and trying out new beers and being outside. We often go to Dallas for weekend getaways or a cowboys game. Since the pandemic we have found many new shows to watch and we love to watch movies. On to me. I love to play Call of Duty warzone with my brothers and my friends. I love to go hiking as Arkansas is right across the border with plenty of things to see. I also love cars, cooking, camping and working on youtube videos. I am always looking for things to take video or photos of to share on social media. I am very active on instagram to share my work in many different ways. I have a page for just about everything I do. That is to keep everything separate for my liking.

Some details I should have maybe started with is, I am 30 years old and we live in Joplin, Missouri. Id say Joplin, is not our forever home. Once my wife finishes up school, we will then decide on where to settle down depending on where she gets a job at. She is a nurse on the ICU floor at our local hospital.

That is all I have for you today. Until next time, have a great day

My sports photography timeline…to a point.

Picking up the camera gave me something to work towards but then you need to find that niche so you’re not just blending with others around you. That is where sports photography came in for me. I started off shooting anything I could go shoot, high school sports, youth sports, public rec. sports. Then, I wanted more. Had college and pro aspirations but I was still a student at Pitt State. Not knowing what to do to gain those opportunities. Talking with sports photographers is tricky. It’s all a competition in this world and they don’t talk much. Or at least the ones that I have met and spoken to.

Fast forward about two years in, I gained a media pass to shoot a D1 college basketball tournament in KC and had the opportunity to shoot UCLA vs Creighton and Baylor vs Wisconsin. That was a stepping stone for me to keep grinding and working for bigger goals. I felt I had the work ethic and the skill and eye to do it with the top. Over confident? Yes. But that is how I try to be with things I have a passion for.

Life doesn’t always work out how you think It will and things happen. Finishing school I had to find a job. Looking for a job in my field is even tougher and having to stick around the area, the options are limited. I started looking for other options and that was jumping into weddings with another guy and shooting video for him. Leading to getting a job at a marketing agency shooting and editing video so then sports slowing slowed down.

Sports went on the back burner, I was busy working my full time job that the hours sometime ran late into the evening shooting or editing, whatever it may be, the free time was cut out for a good year besides weekends for the most part. Sports kind of just left my mind as a goal because I was shooting video and I loved it and so sports I would take here or there with the local newspaper and that was really it.

Taking it back a bit, I always wanted to shoot sports for Pitt State once I picked up a camera and realized sports is what I loved. I always asked about shooting games and they soon started letting me come out and shoot pretty often, football and basketball for the most part.

Back to the past two years. Left the marketing agency and started a new full time job at Pitsco Education here in Pittsburg,Ks. I am the videographer so I shoot and edit videos to be used for social, classrooms, youtube etc. Then I started wedding videos on my own in 2020 and it has taken off for 2021 with 10 booked. It’s a great outlet to work on my video and so I have been steadily busy with my job and the weddings. Sports was still a very seldom thing for me to shoot besides parents asking me to come to some high school games. Then Covid came and it was really put on the back burner and wasn’t getting much of anything in sports.

Jump to about 2 months ago, I was asked if I want to freelance for Pittsburg State University as their previous photographer, a student had graduated and found a full time job elsewhere. I jumped on the opportunity and it was been awesome. It has been so good getting back into sports photography and really been nice to get out and shoot something almost every week now.

This was a long explanation on how sometimes, you just need time to get where you’re going. Timing plays a part and to just keep working on it. I didn’t see this coming but sports is something I love to shoot and so happy to be where I am now.

Why I shoot film.

2020 was crazy, times are getting better but during 2020 I had jumped into some new areas of being creative. From wedding videos, to pushing more videos onto my youtube to picking up a film camera.

I thought it was time to explain why I chose to pick up a film camera and the benefits for me to shoot film.

Check out my latest video where I explain it all!

Check out the video to hear why I choose to shoot film and see some of my film photos I have taken since starting to shoot film.

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