Photography for Fun?

As I started a new job here in Colorado, I was actually quite excited to do so, because a fair portion of it includes some photography portrait work, event photography, and a lot of publishing in catalogs, brochures, and marketing materials.

As a hobbyist photographer for going on 4 years now, I would guess that I am similar to many other hobbyists – I enjoy learning more about the field, and at some point, there has always been an interest in “taking things to the next level.”  Today, my Thursday Thoughts revolve around that premise, and the age old adage that one should be careful what one wishes for.

Taking pictures for ones own pleasure and self expression is always gratifying, but when taking on photography as a profession, your own creative vision can very quickly become muffled, if not lost on the creative vision of others.  In the past month of working at my new position, I am already noticing that photography at work has become very much that – work.  What it has also done though, is what I was most fearful of – I am taking my camera gear out less and less for my own creative expression and enjoyment.  I guess the silver lining is the awareness came rather quickly.

Now, I am making sure I take some time regularly to get out and just take pictures for the sake of taking pictures – doing it for fun and my own learning and advancement.  So, for my Thursday Thoughts, I figured it might be useful to share my own mission with the rest of the listening audience:  whatever your goals or dreams are with photography, make sure you save some time for yourself and your own creative vision and self expression.  After all, isn’t that what drew you to photography in the first place?

Happy shooting!

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5 comments for “Photography for Fun?

  1. September 5, 2008 at 8:28 am

    When you left a comment on my blog yesterday I didn’t realize that you were now in Colorado. Welcome. You will love the photography opportunities here. Where are you in Colorado?

  2. September 5, 2008 at 8:41 am

    Currently living in Longmont, and working in downtown Denver…

  3. September 5, 2008 at 2:09 pm

    This is a phenomenon that I’ve been aware of for many years.

    When I was in high school, I wanted to be an airline pilot. Then I realized that if I did that, I wouldn’t want to fly for fun (which I do now).

    As a computer guy, the last thing I want to do when I get home is work on the computer (though I do in support of photography).

    The people with the absolute worst maintained vehicles I’ve ever known are mechanics.

    So when I decided to start making photographs for money, I knew I had to be careful to not let it lose it’s luster. For me, that means doing the kind of photography that I don’t get paid for. I do portraits, so I experiment with HDR and new creative techniques. I try new lighting experiments. I get jiggy with motion and long exposures.

    Keeps the juices flowing. Keeps me wanting to do paid shoots, especially when I discover something that I can bring back to the paid work.

  4. September 5, 2008 at 11:59 pm

    this is so true…that’s why I keep my full time job that has nothing to do w/ photography and didn’t pursue a full time photography job. I was scared it would be too much work and no longer fun. I try to explain that to others but they don’t always understand it…

    I have the weekend side jobs which I enjoy but sometimes even those feel like WORK! And I want to make sure I still leave time for the hobby side of photography.


  5. September 6, 2008 at 7:32 am

    Congrats on the job, Jason! Very exciting to step into a position that offers those kinds of opportunities. I hope the drive isn’t too rough :).

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