My current photography consultant pointed out an image during our website edit and suggested I make more like it.
With the advent of Instagram I am inundated daily with ideas and inspiration. Sometimes it smothers me and I feel like my work is less-than. Other times that inspiration feels uplifting and makes me want to go out and shoot.
We have been looking for a new home to buy for about 18 months.
I face a weird predicament. I don’t like shooting the same thing.
The reality is that being a freelance photographer isn’t always filled with glamorous or interesting jobs. The fact is that most of my time as a photographer isn’t even spent with a camera in my hand. A few months ago Chase Jarvis posted about the realities of what it means to be a professional photographer (Via SwissMiss). If I break up the 12% piece of the pie into fun and/or interesting jobs I’m probably down to 6-8%. That’s why I shoot for myself. Self created assignments with fellow creatives allows me to experiment, control the outcome to suit me and the people I am working with and to just have fun taking photos. Me booking this job was a result of one of those, for-fun, unpaid, self assigned jobs. It’s actually the second “job” that’s resulted from that shoot. We licensed one of the images from the bodypaint shoot to Chef Rubber for use in a full-page ad in So Good Magazine.