One of the biggest traps I think photographers can fall into these days is to only shoot what they think people want to see. I’ll admit, I really struggle with this. It’s one of my biggest struggles being in business as a professional photographer actually. It’s finding that balance between developing and showcasing my own creative voice, and creating an image that that people will hire me for. Sometimes they are the same thing…and sometimes they are not. I guess that’s the balance that anyone who creates for a living has to find. I feel very lucky to do what I do. But not always. I’ve turned something I really love into a source of income. I’ve opened up something to the public that’s very close to me. They now decide how much they think I’m worth by making the decision to hire me or not. As an artist, it can be hard not to take it personally. It’s hard not to let it effect my own sense of self worth. I celebrate the joys (and there are MANY), but that there are also a lot of lows. Especially in an industry that is so suddenly full “Professionals”. At first their existence really bothered me. How can I compete with people charging a fraction of what I do? Are they ruining our industry? And while I do have some of my own opinions on the subject, I am glad to be able to step back and take a look at the big picture. Thankfully these photographers do not, and cannot offer what I do. I am not a commodity. I am not an assembly line. My costs of running a legitimate, professional grade business are not low. The time I have with my children actually being children is fading day by day. And I enjoy so much more in my life than just photography. I want to have time for me. To grow as a person. To explore different creative avenues and to see the world through my own eyes, not always through my viewfinder. The more happy, fulfilled and well rounded I am as a person, the more this will benefit my clients. It’s win-win and I believe that whole heartedly.
On this ever-evolving photography adventure, I am really pushing myself creatively to start shooting in a more documentary way. This is hard for me. In many ways, this style of shooting forces me let go of some level of control. In my usual style I’ll give my clients/subjects at least some general direction on what to do. Documentary style photography means that I don’t have any of that! I just literally document what happens. It means thinking on the fly, reacting quickly and always keeping alert to what’s going on so as not to miss the exact moment that I want to press the shutter. As challenging as it is, it’s also very liberating! It feels good to just let go of all of my own ideas and to let things just naturally evolve the way they are going to. In many ways I still feel like I have a lot to learn about this style and all of it’s perfect imperfection. But I hope that the more work I put out into the world like this, the more people will see the beauty in the every day and in the details that are often overlooked in favour of getting that traditionally “perfect” photo.
These photos I captured while visiting my mom and siblings a few weekends back. My daughter and I took a little train ride adventure and spent a week in Bowmanville, Ontario where we had the opportunity to do TONS of neat stuff. One hot sunny evening when the light was just perfect, I pulled out my camera and grabbed
a few a lot of photos of Zia and my 9 year old brother while they were having fun in the sprinkler. Here’s what happened. 🙂
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