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Infusing Fun and Creativity into Your Photography
As a photographer, striking the balance between professionalism and personal fulfillment can seem tricky. Have you ever wondered how you can make your work as a photographer more exciting, enjoyable and true to your art? Combining your passions, living in the moment, and experimenting with new techniques can breathe new life into your photography business. I was recently interviewed for a podcast and as I was chatting with the amazing Laurken Kendall, I just kept thinking about how I want to share a couple of ways to reinvent the way you work, ensuring a fun and fulfilling career as a photographer.
Do you have a particular interest or hobby that could enhance your photography work? Infusing your personal passions into your business will not only create a more seamless blend between your life and career but also open new dimensions to your creativity. Whether it’s a love for travel, an eye for fashion, or an affinity for nature, incorporating these elements into your shoots can make every shoot more engaging and enjoyable. It can also make it easier to market yourself, show up authentically and feel real good about sharing who you are and what you have to offer.
While it’s always important to have a bit of plan, sometimes the best shots present themselves when we least expect them. Let go of rigid pre-planning and learn to embrace the spontaneity of life, both personally and professionally. Be open to experimenting with different styles and techniques, and be ready to capture those fleeting moments of magic that could lead to your next masterpiece. I get asked all the time what I do if it’s too windy or rainy or the location I had chosen for a shoot falls through and my answer is always “ shoot it anyways”. Capture the family dancing in the rain or standing on the edge of the water with their dress and hair blowing all over the place. Find the beauty in the moment.
Stagnancy has no place in the vibrant creative world of photography. Push your creative boundaries by experimenting with various techniques and themes. Swap your regular lens for a tilt shift, getting underwater images, shooting from a different angle than you normally do, shooting through plastic wrap or babies breath.. Remember, photography is an art form; there are no rules, just opportunities to create something beautiful and tell a story.
More often than not, creating stunning images comes down to the details. Stay engaged with clients and collaborate with them on wardrobe choices or makeup ideas. Take it a step further and curate the perfect accessories, props, or even find a really unique location. This concierge approach can be incredibly rewarding, allowing you to have a stronger connection with your clients and make their vision (and yours) come to life.
Get to know your clients, understand their goals for the shoot and involve them in the process. It’s essential to ensure your clients feel heard, and their vision is being captured the way you both envision it. The connection that follows with collaborating with your clients, is how the magic is created during the session.
Remember, as a photographer, you’re not just capturing images; you’re capturing emotions and creating memories. To embark on a more fulfilling and enjoyable career, dedicate yourself to blending your personal passions with your professional work, living in the moment, and constantly embracing new concepts and techniques. Use your creativity and artistry to make clients feel special, and cultivate a portfolio that represents your unique point of view. May your journey be filled with exciting challenges, artistic growth, and, most importantly, an abundance of fun!