What advice would you give amateur photographers who idolize you and want to get some Joey Meddock trademark creativity into their work? In order to be successful and create a unique identity for yourself amongst the sea of others out there, there are several things I'd recommend. 1. You've got to have a niche about your photography. For me, my niche is mostly wakeboarding and wakeskating. Then, within that niche, I'll experiment with different ideas, angles, lighting or creative techniques because I understand my subject matter. For you, it could be close-ups, portraits, animals, sunsets, blurry photos, who knows? Anything to be different is my advice. 2. Know your subject. Anticipating what is about to happen can set you up for a great photo opportunity. You've got to understand the behaviors of your subject and really understand what is happening to increase your odds. Don't expect me to get a good photo of a black bear catching a fish in a running stream, because I wouldn't even know where to start. What do I wear? What time would I shoot it? What kind of lens would I need? I don't even know what state or country I would need to travel to. Where do black bears live anyway? 3. Increase your odds. I remember when I first started shooting I felt like a dork or a little weird because I was 'that guy' with a camera. Sooner or later, people got used to seeing me with it. Soon if I didn't have it, people would say, 'Hey, where's your camera?' It turns into an extension of your arm. 4. Take your camera out. Get the lens cap off and be ready to capture something. You can't take a photo with the camera sitting in the camera bag. So many people want to come along with me and shoot, yet never take their camera out or tell me it's in the car. I don't get it. Wayne Gretzky once said, 'You'll miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take.' I'll sit there sometimes and just stare through the lens until something happens or someone does something funny. Those perfect moments happen fast and you have to be ready for it.