When I first decided to/circumstances forced me to/ the universe called me to become a full-time photographer I wanted to shoot EVERYTHING. Weddings, portraits, street, landscape, documentary... It’s an exciting time and composing interesting shots of anything is still the thing I love to do and still what I would advise anyone starting out to do “anyone can take a nice photo of something nice, it’s a lot harder to take a good photo of what’s right in front of you wherever you are.”
There’s also the business side of things... YouTube experts are always telling you to specify and focus on what you want to shoot, but it’s not easy when you’re running a studio that has a broad spread of sources that are keeping the lights on, to rule out one of these revenue streams.
This latest lockdown has come on the week that I start my 6th year as a full-time pro and it has given me time to reflect on how I want to spend the rest of my career.
I’ve just deleted half of my Instagram photos. Every photo I’ve taken that doesn’t have a person in it is missing a person. I had land/cityscape shots that have “earned” me more “likes” on there than any of my other shots: gone. I had product shots on there that have made me more money than half of the portrait shoots combined: gone.
I love photographing people. There’s no greater buzz for me than standing talking to someone in my studio who hates having their photo taken, getting to know who they are and imagining how they would like to see themselves if they had the self-confidence and then showing them themselves looking exactly like they barely dared to imagine. It's like seeing someone look in the mirror for the first time after 3 months work in the gym, a new doo, a new outfit and a makeover but achieved with only 3 hours of me circling with a light and a lens. Life is really tough now and having the power to raise a stranger’s self-esteem while turning another stranger into a pal to encourage through the bad times never feels like work to me, it feels like a superpower.