As a photographer I am constantly thinking of what I want to be, where I want to be headed and what I want my photos to say to the viewer.
Oh you didn’t know photos speak?
Photos tell a story.
About the couple.
About you as an artist.
Photos step in when words fail.
Feel this feeling.
Feel this love. This magic. This emotion.
Every year after the maddness of wedding season has faded away and the holidays are over, I set out to thinking even more on this subject.
I think about me as a person, how I’ve changed over the last year and how I want to show that in my photos.
When I first started shooting I was inspired by a much different feel then I am now.
I love love loved sharpness and clean clean photos.
Then I hit a phase of details.
I was obsessed and missed out on so many moments on my obsession with capturing the flowers at just the right angle.
Last year I was in love with colors again, softness, airness in my photos.
An emotion you could touch.
It is a constant pressure, a constant yearning to get right.
But it will never be perfectly right because if you are truly stretching yourself as an artist you will change almost daily.
Which is always always a good thing. But it is also frustrating.
How can you brand yourself in a way that stays consistant through the year and tells clients what to expect if you are always evolving?
This year I started thinking about my branding earlier then I normally do because I was unsatisfied and wanting something new and different.
Keeping it real here.
Soft and airy is beautiful to me, I still love me some details and I still love the emotion I set out to capture last year.
But. But. But.
This next year I want my photos to be less perfect. Perfectly imperfect in a way.
Out of focus on purpose.
Blurry. Black and white and smoky.
Raw. Organic. Stormy.
I want to feel a thril at every shoot I do.
Try something different each time.
Forget the normal routine. Forget the rules. I want to play and fall in love with photography all over again.
Which is why a few weeks ago I ask on my Facebook page if my photos were a song, what song would they be? The music people chose made me happy. And alive.
Even though I sometimes feel like I am not convaying what I want to, I am.
Just the album covers from some of the music picked inspires me. They have a feel about them that makes me smile. An emotion.
All that to say, I am in a every changing phase.
And I like it.
Hopefully you will too.