This post is for all of my photographer friends out there. We lead super busy lives! The thought of seeing a personal project through can be very daunting. But today, I am here to tell you why making the time for your personal project is not only worth it to you personally, but it will also make you a better professional. Images 20-40 of my 100 Days of Summer Project...
1. Personal projects give you the opportunity to explore more. You might want to try out a new location or idea. Whatever you discover could lead to more opportunities when creating ideas for your clients. I absolutely loved this location and will definitely plan on using it with my clients.
2. Personal projects remind you why you picked up the camera in the first place. For me it's always been about capturing the incredible beauty that I see every single day. Whether it be the light, love or the moments... those are the things that inspire me most. Picking up the camera just for me reminds me of what inspired me in the first place. That sort of passion always translates when you set out to capture memories for someone else.
3. You are creating your own legacy. I want my children and my children's children to see how much they are loved through my eyes. I want these images to bring them right back to the moment. I want my work to mean as much to them, as it means to me. Someday, hopefully it will. Maybe it will even mean more to them. Your clients want the same from you for their images. Your goal is to capture them in ways that they will treasure for generations to come.
4. You get to shoot things that you wouldn't normally shoot for clients. Whether it is landscapes, still life, or cute little furry pups... you might discover a new love for a completely different genre of photography. As a business owner, you are a one person machine literally doing it all. There is so much that goes on behind the scenes and it can become stressful and overwhelming. Sometimes picking up the camera to capture something new and different can be quite therapeutic. I mean look at those eyes...
5. And finally, you get to flex your creative muscle. You see things in your own unique way. One of the greatest things about photography is creatively communicating how you see the world with others. That really is whole the point, after all. Allow yourself to get creative, give yourself a voice and always remember the importance of ongoing personal work!!!!