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Hustle Notes

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About this entry

When IGTV first launched in 2018, Adorama was one of the first brands to enter the space, immediately producing content that would engage with the already-captivated creative audience. One of our first series — “Hustle Notes”— was done with Bronx-based photographer, videographer, and producer Jose “Tutes” Tutiven. 

Tutes lives, breathes, and exudes authenticity at every turn. The personable, honest, and highly-engaged producer meets with New York City’s most impressive professional photographers. In the series, he has no fluffy stories, no gear talk, and just truth and motivation about how to hustle for your passion. 

In this episode, Tutes sits down with Miranda Barnes, a Caribbean-American photographer who at the young age of 25 has already secured work with the likes of The New York Times, Vice, and more. With notes from taste-makers like Barnes, “Hustle Notes” brings real photographers and amplifies their insights into what it means to be a freelance photographer. 

Why does this entry deserve to win?

Hustling for your craft has become a way of life for many creatives. Photographers are no different. Learning exactly how and how hard pros have had to work to get where they are shows us all that “making it” is not one-size-fits-all. In this video, Barnes details her process for finding success, and looks back on the struggles it took. 


Barnes’ story has amassed nearly 6,000 views on IGTV since it debuted in 2019, with viewers actively commenting on her powerful story and experience. 

We set out to tell honest stories of hustle through the eyes of the creators, and Barnes, Tutes, and “Hustle Notes” showed us that the pursuit of dreams is a life-long story. Learning from each other and the community will help all of us rise to our potential. 


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