I’ll be the first to admit that I was in a photography rut with my personal work for what seemed like months. I wasn’t able to put my finger on why I was feeling so uninspired until recently. It took me digging around in my archives to edit old images to figure it out.
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No.01My children are my inspiration
I forgot that simple fact somewhere along the way. I think a big part of it is because I’m a commercial photographer and editor. Each client has their own genre and style.
When you’re given so many options of things to shoot, you can start to lose what sparks your creativity. I’ve committed myself to focus on shooting more intentional images of my children in my personal work.
No.02I need to downsize
My older lenses will eventually need to be upgraded, but when that time comes, I’ll opt for the same focal length. I’m done with “lens envy” because what works for one photographer, won’t necessarily work for me.
No.03My style has never changed
For a brief while I thought I needed to completely change my style because I was having a hard time processing my own images. A majority of my editing clients love the pastel film tones and my commercial clients like clean and simple.
When I went back to edit older images, I realized that I actually didn’t want to change very much about them. Maybe a little more contrast or small tweaks, but never a complete re-edit.
I realized that my personal style has never changed, I just forgot what it was. I stopped trying to incorporate the way my clients like images processed and have fallen in love with editing my own images again.