After so many years behind a camera, I realize how fast a passion can turn into a routine. How you can loose a small bits of your creativity when working within the confines of paid projects. Tonight, I’ve decided to tackle the subject with a pretty obvious solution: personal photo projects.
Personal Photo Projects sharpen your photographic skills, expand your creativity and re-energize you as a photographer.
When I was younger, it was easy to shoot for no reason. We were learning! We had photo buds, we hung out at campus and met rad people. We’d grab a bite, and go hang out with our cameras. I took random modeling sessions to photograph people without expectations or guidelines. We’d run outside, bring crazy outfits, drive to the middle of nowhere and shoot to our hearts content. I’ve gotten lost in a desert, photographed in underground tunnels, done high fashion shoots and made out with some pretty rad photo projects that I really didn’t know what to do with.
I loved the photos, but they didn’t speak to the paid work. They felt freeing but too different to showcase alongside my normal work. So, for the most part, I kept those images hidden, or at the very least separated. It’s not until I look back at my work now and realize that the real purpose of those personal photo projects was to continue to ignite my creative soul.
I think continue just that.
So folks, from time to time I’ll post a photo from a personal photo project. Something that feds my soul, grows my creativity and exposure into the wonderful realm of photography. In other terms, I’m going to be work outside of my comfort box, and I plan on sharing the work.
For now, I’ve set a goal to have 1 creative personal photo project a month. And I hope you stick around for the journey and enjoy the ride with me. 🙂