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?