Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Andy Williams is Leaving SmugMug

This is a hard post for me to write. Many of you know me as "SmugMug" and that's not a surprise, I've been with SmugMug since I started Dgrin back in December 2003, and then going full-time in September 2005. I became COO, and worked with thousands of you over the years. When I started, I was the 10th employee, and now there are over 110 employees at SmugMug, all amazing, (I should know, I hired most of them)! Many are now doing the work I was doing, and couple that with the fact that I'm in New York and SmugMug is in Silicon Valley, it's natural now that SmugMug is 10 years old that it would be time for me to move on.


And that's what I'm doing.

I'm looking forward to more Muench Workshops with my good friend and partner, Marc Muench, more instruction, more photography, more passion, full-time!

I can't wait!

Thanks to you all, photographers and customers alike. Helping you over these many years has truly been my pleasure, and I'm a better person and photographer because of it. Thanks for being a huge part of my life and I hope that I can continue to help, that we will always be friends, shoot together, learn from each other, and maybe even work together.

Enjoy (full-time) photography,

Andy

PS: For the curious, why this photo? It's dawn, the time of new beginnings; the reflections make me think about what's happened and what can happen; the pointed mountains show me the way to the future. I took this photo many years ago, near where I live on the Hudson River in New York.

12 comments:

  1. You rock Andy. SmugMug was lucky to have found you as first their number 1 fan, and then their number 1 customer support guru. Well done. I wish you much success in the future...

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  2. Good luck and thanks for sharing your photos and advice over the years

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  3. Best of luck Andy and thank you for all you have done over the years for customers like myself. You will be missed.

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  4. Best of luck, Andy! You have a been a life saver for many on SmugMug and will be missed by so many!

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  5. Onward to new adventures! Congrats!

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  6. Just came across this over at dgrin.
    Never having met I still feel I've known you awhile.

    Best to you Always.

    Benjamin

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  7. Best of luck Andy! You have been such a mentor and inspiration to me!
    John Ledyard
    www.JMLedy.com

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  8. I can feel your need to move on. Do something else. Tackle new goals. All the while sharing your passion for photography. You did good Andy, you helped so many of us. You are indeed smugmug to me. Although I do know that this is not a correct statement. I am sure that whatever you take on next in your life will be interesting and hopefully a new dream can come true for you.
    I wish you and your family a fantastic wedding day, I did not know you have kids that have wedding age...
    Thank you for all your diplomacy and energy that was beamed out to us.
    Thank you.

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  9. Thank you Andy for your hard work. It's now apparent that SM is not the same company without you.

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  10. Andy,

    Thanks for all your contributions over the years. You have inspired many of us to take photography to the next level.

    We will remember you as one of the pioneers transforming us into the digital age of photography.

    Stay in touch,
    Bruce

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