Find Your Niche
so many people around me are creatives and amazing humans. Man am I ever blessed to be part of the circles that I am. Our goal in life is to find something that moves you, that let's you be your best self, that is fullfilling but of course at the end of the day pays the bills. People are moving forward and learning that that inner happiness is most important. Not creating for others, but rather creating for one's self. It's around me in so many different cricles of friends. I applaud them all as leaving comfort zones is NOT easy but breaking out of it is refreshing and oh so great. I don't know if it's where we all are in 2017 or if it's just me being in my 30's? maybe this is what our 30's are all about?? I've learnt so much about myself in the last 5 or so years. but a ton in the last 10 months. wow. My children have taught me a great deal but my peers and relationships have helped foster my work into what I'm wanting it to be. My personal experiences help in the growth of my work more then I realize.
I get inquires for all sorts of things. I'm stated as a Wedding and Lifestyle Photographer. So the obvious is there but what is lifestyle you ask. Well, I adore documenting life as it is. The beautiful messy life that you call your own. This is usually newborns and families and some graduates as well. Those important moments that happen. Just YOU living your life. your everyday moments. that's what I love to capture. BUT with all of this change going on around me, it's got me thinking. Should I myself be moving forward? Should I shoot more selfishly and completely specialize in one genre? So I asked myself what is it that I LOVE TO SHOOT. what makes my soul SO incredibly happy when I walk back to my car post shooting. It's love. I want to shoot love. People in love. couples in love. parents in new love. connection and honesty. That's what I shoot. It makes my heart extremely happy. The real love stuff. The messy beautiful stuff. That's what I do.
So I suppose I will just let time answer this for me but I've already been saying no to things that I know won't full-fill that spark for me. I hate saying no. really I do. but it's only fair to me and it's only fair to the client most of all to work with someone that is fully into what is being created.
Any insight on this would be much appreciated from other photographers or you as readers (if anyone is reading this) - perhaps some of my work resonates more with you. What work is it? what do you want to see more of? Have you "moved forward" ?