Today on 19 Aug 2019 marks World Photography Day. These images mark the exact day I found my love, my passion, my consolation, and my purpose when I picked up that Samsung camera phone and shot myself in one of those apart-hotels after a shoot for someone else. This shoot marks the day I found something that gives me fulfillment that's big enough to fuel me until old age. I can only hope that everyone has the opportunity to seek out what their heart really aches and wishes for.
We may be pro at all things photographic, but is it enough for us to succeed as photographers in this day and age? What are the other components for the winning formula?
If you're from the West and elsewhere and not as familiar with the history of everything that went down east of the Berlin Wall, you might, however, have come across the new historical HBO TV mini series "Chernobyl" (2019). If you haven't yet, I highly recommend it! Wait, what does this have to do with photography?
When it comes to being creative and personal photography, how do you approach your shoots? Do you prepare a well-researched mood board and vehemently stick to it, or do you let your creative juices flow and see where the shoot takes you? Is there a right way?
I wouldn't go as far as ever calling myself an architecture photographer (I'm just a..photographer, I suppose), but I do enjoy the pleasing feeling of connecting lines, of watching the simplicity take over a busy scene that might be right in front of me, yet looking up I see "less is more"-kinda scene, and it simply pleases me for that moment.
Question as old as "which camera is the best?" (let me save you hours searching answer to this question by saying that there is no such thing, it's which ever camera suits you best), is "how to find inspiration" to photograph, and to keep photographing time over time.
You may know how to photograph your subject in a certain light situation, you may know how to compose your photograph to create additional drama, but do you allow your true emotions and feelings shine in your work?
Don't lie, most of us are guilty of not bothering to pick up our camera and photograph what's close to our hearts and homes. But why should we push ourselves to do it more, even if there's no immediate reward (or is there?)?
As a wedding photographer, it's not always easy to find balance between the style of work you're genuinely passionate about and the type of work that pays the bills. So, how can you shoot personal projects to improve your professional photography work?
As someone who shoots boudoir alongside the weddings, I always knew that this type of intimate photography could and should become a life-long reminder to clients that their life, bodies, and minds should be admired, and as such documented. It could be a way of celebrating a weight loss journey, or perhaps getting through a draining relationship to regain power and energy, or maybe to remind yourself that you as you are today is something worth celebrating in its own right.
Even though postpartum bodies aren't something that our society likes to talk about or showcase for public display, we've all come from the same place so it's about time we started celebrating the processes women's bodies go through to bring a new life into this world. Which is why photographer Grace Elizabeth has created a "Gold Dust" project to look into postpartum motherhood.
There's much to be said about enriching the photography industry through positive and honest collaborations between professionals, but one thing I think we don't talk about enough is the benefits of shooting weddings with a trusted second shooter and how it can benefit your business and even your wellbeing.