One of the most popular questions I get asked is why I chose photography as a career? Photography is my creative outlet. Ever since I was young, I always felt I saw the world differently. I had (still do) a wild imagination and I didn’t have a way of expressing my ideas and thoughts.
When I found photography, it all made sense. I was different, I was creative and now I could express all of those feelings and ideas and bring them to life. When I was in education I was told photography had all of these rules but when I started my own business, I loved breaking those ‘rules’. Photography has no rules in my eyes and isn’t about the amount of money you spend on equipment or if you know all of the numbers, gadgets and trickery, but about the people and the moments. I love the work I get to create and I love meeting others who share the same passion as me for this industry. Photography is endless and my imagination is limitless.
I think as creative people we view the world differently. I can gather inspiration just by walking down the street and seeing a flower or watching a movie and a particular scene will resonate a concept in my mind. Books and films are my biggest inspiration, I also get inspired by other artists that I admire. I get inspired by people and their stories.
I always remember an instant connection to photography and I felt I had finally found my talent and my calling. I have always been creative and expressed myself through writing. Capturing moments that bring people happiness and make them feel good about themselves is worth every single second of my time. I knew I always wanted to make people happy in my career while being expressive.
I have constantly compared myself to others both personally and as a photographer. I constantly remember those voices of doubt telling me I’m not good enough. Then it hit me, I’m not them, I’m me! I’m my own person and photographer and I have my own style. I am forever learning, every shoot gives me another opportunity to adapt and provides an outlay to think about what I can do differently next time.
When I edit large shoots for clients it can become quote monotonous and draining, so i’ll take a break and go back to a personal shoot, sometimes I have no idea what I’m doing but it resets my creative rhythm and I fall back in love with my art. Motivation can decrease when we don’t believe in ourselves or we aren’t seeing growth.
Ultimately don’t ever give up in any area of your life and certainly don’t compare yourself to others.
Focus, aim and keep shooting for that dream.