Your home. Your yard. Your family + friends. Your everyday life, I believe is an area of photography a lot of photographers struggle with. Let’s face it, life goes on around us at a constant. Why not photograph it? I’m not talking about your lunch or dinner options, deeper than that. I’m talking about your kids playing out in the backyard, your significant other doing something they love, your garden that you spend countless amounts of time and energy in. Your home, that you take pride in. Document what’s in front of you.
I’ve realized the best images a photographer creates stem from their passion and love for something. If you find that your photos are not coming out the way you hope. Ask yourself how you feel about the subject you are photographing? I know I’ve struggled with this idea at times. When I was working full-time as a photographer, there were many moments when times were slow. In these moments is what makes or breaks a photographer. The solution: Document what’s in front of you. Create a project for yourself. The key: It must be important to you. It must be something you are passionate about. Otherwise, you will not finish it and if you do, you will not be happy with it.
I have spoken with many photographers that at one moment seemed so engaged and excited about working as a photographer because they were given an opportunity by a client. Once that opportunity was over, they struggled, got frustrated and had already given up. Hoping the clients would magically keep coming, they didn’t plan ahead or just keep documenting. Instead, they gave up. Or the worst thing: Compared themselves to other photographers. Clients will come and go, just realize that. Yes, other photographers will look busy and might make images better than you, just realize that. But when you find yourself struggling, document what’s in front of you. It just might remind you of why you started creating images in the first place.