January 18, 2017

Best of 2016

I still have so much to blog but, I don’t want to put off blogging my best of 2016.  So here it is. Or you can check it out in video form at the ‘Best of 2016’ button on my menu.

A lot of thinking happened in 2016. I ended 2015 on such a high note that I was thinking that would carry over but the beginning of 2016 was not ideal. I think even a part of me wasn’t exactly sure this is what I wanted. I think as artists, more specifically wedding/portrait photographers, we want a connection with our subject or client. Well at least that’s how I think it should be. When I began my journey into this adventure, I had a fire. A naive outlook on what I thought I would experience. Nervous but confident I could take it on. Inside I thought that everything would come easy, so to speak. I thought that once I shot a few weddings that word of mouth would make its way around and I could sit back and watch the clients come to me. Yes, I was very naive. Slowly, my passion for taking photos turned into a job. I simply looked at how many weddings I was booking and when I didn’t reach a certain number I would get down on myself. Yet still, I was lazy and did nothing. I thought shooting the way that I had seen from photographers I admired would be the wave I would ride. I never took the time to figure out who I was with a camera.

Well in 2016 something changed. I got sick of shooting for clients and became aware that shooting for myself is what made me happy. Let me clarify. I’m not saying that when I shoot weddings for clients that I have no intention of caring about you. Shooting for myself has taken the chains off what I think I should be shooting because of what the industry is saying. That’s what people want. Yes, they want a photographer to capture who they are. The people who are genuine will seek out genuine people. They want you as a photographer, they want you as the artist you are. They don’t want a wedding photographer. They don’t want a photographer shooting for a paycheck. They want their real moments to be captured with real intentions.

So my one word for 2016 would be…genuine. That was 2016 and that will forever be who I will be in this industry. Those relationships are where the gold is. It’s where heart outshines money.

So here’s to 2017. Here’s to being genuine, to being intentional in every aspect of my life. Here’s to taking steps to becoming a better photographer, becoming a better man.

One phrase to add to that mantra and to carry through 2017 is…being different is better than being better.

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