We had the good fortune of connecting with Douglas Sweet and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Douglas, we’d love to start by asking you about lessons learned. Is there a lesson you can share with us?
No is not the end of the world. A no isn’t personal, it isn’t a failure, it’s just a no. You can’t be afraid of a no or failure for that matter . Both are indicators that there’s another path you should be trying to find or build. What you have to offer isn’t for everyone. If you keep getting a no and you believe in your soul that what you’re doing is your path, then build your own way or take an honest look at what you’re attempting and make sure the problem isn’t you. 

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m a photographer that focuses on fashion and editorial work. Currently, I’m transitioning my business from digital to shooting only film. Where I am now it just years or hard work, studying, late nights and sacrifices, there’s no substitute or quick fix for it. Being dedicated to something is never easy. You have to work at it, you have to trust yourself and the process , even when other people call you crazy because they can’t see your vision. One of the best lessons that I’ve learned is to deliver. If you can’t deliver, make sure you make it right. I’ve made mistakes and screwed things up ,but I owned it and took the chance I got to make it right. That’s all you can do.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
1st spot I’d say to hit would be Burts Meat Market off Lyons Ave. That place is a must . I’m a sucker for mom and pop spots , so another food spot is Yale Street Grill in the heights .Pappa Bros on westheimer,has the best steaks in town. Also, go check out Sig’s Lagoon and Vinal Edge Records to pick up some music on vinyl. Other than that, I’d say, take time and see the city and if something catches your eye, stop and check it out. Houston is a big city, but for the most part, you’ll experience all the southern hospitality. There’s all sorts of oddities and sights to see.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
In an attempt to not have anyone be upset anyone by forgetting someone, I’m going to say, shoutout to everyone who takes their time to share even a drop of knowledge with someone who’s trying to learn. Those people are far and few in between, but are essential in the process of pushing the curiosity of their particular skill.

Instagram: finchst713
Youtube: Finch St
Other: I’m currently reworking all my online presences, but you can always find me on Instagram.

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