Its no secret that blogging and sharing are my weaknesses. As an artist, I care deeply about my craft. I told a good friend the other day that other than being a man, being a photographer is the next most important level of my personal identity. It’s an important part of who I am. I consume photographs and images regularly, I follow hundreds of talented photographers on Instagram (as well as other social networks) and I spend hours through my week viewing and gaining visual inspiration from those social feeds that I curate for myself. Often I am slow and methodical in my creation process. I approach my photos with careful consideration as well as harsh self-criticisms. I often limit my potential by my apprehensions. No one is perfect, I assume.
I have been speaking to a few friends lately about some changes that I would like to make. For the last few years I have been blessed to be working full-time in the creative field. My work has ranged from filmmaking to web and graphic design to photography and everywhere in between. As a creative, I have been stretched, challenged and forced to adapt to much during this time. Ive been shooting and making money from photography for about a decade now, and I have a lot to show for it. My growth in skill and creativity is the best reflection of that. I’ll save you the stomach-churning process of looking through my first works for now, but along the way, I plan to reflect.
Moving forward, I have been looking to make some changes in my creative and professional life, and I have been dwelling on the concept of focus. Those of you who share similarities to my personality type (ENFP – Thanks, John Morris) will understand the things that I deal with a bit more than others, so I understand if some of you folks came to this realization a long time ago, because it has taken me far too long to get here. Starting this year, I am making attempts to narrow my creative focus and center in on things that matter most to me and are the most rewarding both creatively and personally.
With that said, I will be working on learning to better market myself solely as a photographer and nothing else. I have intentions to further limit my focus and niche as I move along.
If you have stuck with me this far, know that I appreciate you humoring me and my rambling mind. Now that I have had the chance to share some of my thoughts from the last couple months, I would like to share a few images that I have made during this time. Ive been shooting some commercial work lately for a few clients, but I love working with people the most. There is something so much more interesting to me in capturing a portrait and working with a live subject that just always brings me joy. Learning from people, hearing stories, seeing the level of vulnerability that suddenly appears to even the most seemingly confident person when they step in front of my camera is an incredible experience and one that I don’t take lightly. Portrait photography is my escape, its my stress-reliever. I have made sure to escape with a few friends when I have time these last few weeks, and create some work that means something to me. Not for a paycheck, not for social media fame or glory, but just because I was created to create.
Take a look. Let me know what you think. Do you have weaknesses that you struggle to overcome in your creative or professional life? How about in your personal life? Lets talk about it. My release is to create photographs, so I’m just going to shut up and let my imagery tell the rest of the story.
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