Who Are Your Influences?!
This is a question I get often when I talk about my creative approach to how I view photography. In a world so focused on social media following and overnight successes I try and avoid mimicking someone else's style. Not to say I don't appreciate other photographers and their creative approach, I do! I think that at this point in time it is crucial to hone my own skills and produce the highest quality creativity I can for myself. My creative interests have been focused on how light interacts with glass, prisms and how to bend light.
I want to be unique and have people I work with leave with a better understanding of who I am as a creative and my photography style. We have all heard the saying something along the lines of enjoy the journey and it's not about the destination. Now put that in photography terms and I enjoy the moment and quality time with my client or the moments within a live event and when I sit down to edit I see the destination or the final product. My goal, although the final product is key, is always enjoying the process. I have been guilty of just trying to get through shoots and missing so many moments of connection in the process.
I was also asked "whats the point?" What is the point of photoshoots, the bigger picture if not just pure vanity. Sure you have reasons sometimes like a wedding etc but creatively I do things I have dreamt up in my mind and want to execute. Does it have a purpose immediately? maybe not to the normal eye but in that dreaming up I have thought about those I want to execute my vision and there is a purpose in that. Often times it is to break them out of a box, sometimes take them to a different headspace creatively. Other times it is to spend time with them and talk about bigger things beyond photography.... remember the journey? yep.
I have big dreams, some seem silly and unreachable but they're dreams for a reason. Til next time friends!