A FEW weeks ago, I posted in Facebook about missing photography. The truth is I’ve been shooting day in, day out and most of my spare time is spent prepping for submission, if not, meeting with clients.
What I meant about missing photography is taking photos without the thought of doing it wrong. Thoughts without limits and just plain collaboration with make-up artists, designers and models. Times when you feel bold and free.]
I started photography during my high school years and it was never the arts that attracted me to photography – it was the amazement of a chemical reaction that allowed you to create photographs. The opportunity to be free and see your creation develop into shades of gray felt something special.
Recently, I had a student who chose to learn photography instead of taking a formal college education. Immediately, I sensed a talented individual oozing with interest but unfortunately lacks the attitude to keep things together.
When I decided to become a photographer and left a well-paying job, I knew at that time that just like in any other career, there are tasks that need to be done in order for me to make things work. The work of a photographer, contrary to what a lot of people think, is ten percent shooting and ninety percent is looking for the job, editing and more.
Seeing the work of other photographers still strikes a ton of inspiration for me until now. It’s the same feeling I get even when I was starting out. I followed the work of celebrity photographers down to the hobbyist level. When you look at their work, you get to experience their journey as well.
The life of a photographer is a complicated one. Either it kills you out of frustration and acceptance or it sharpens your tool that will keep you moving forward. Do not be concerned if you doubt yourself – it’s in doubt that you get a splash of reality.
I once asked FHM chief photographer Xander Angeles if he plans his shot and does site inspection to prepare for the shoot. He said the moment you lose the element of surprise and the drive to challenge yourself to work on what is there, you become part of the shutter button mechanism. You’re just there to press the button.
I never agreed with him back then and even convinced myself that he is wrong. But now, it’s starting to make sense. The journey of photography has no blueprint, just opportunities for you to develop your skills.
Keep on shooting everyone!