Hey everyone! I told ya I’d be able to fit in Part 3 during this season! hehe I had to actually wait until I practiced what I preached before I preached it, that’s all.
So after having some well deserved down time and some understandable distance from my camera and all things photography, I’ll start to naturally get an itch to start shooting again. One of the things I do during my off season is make the time to photograph personal work. Theoretically, personal work should be something you’re doing throughout the year as a continual thing but…… yeah …. the truth is I usually don’t have nearly as much time as I’d like. SO, I really make it a point to go out and shoot for the heck of it, or shoot stuff that I’ve been wanting to all year. Shooting personal work does a couple of big things for me.
The first thing is that I get back to basics of creativity and making art. I’ve been involved in the arts my entire life from a rich background in music to a diverse practice in the visual arts. I also have hidden performing arts talents but only special people will get to see that side of me hehe :X Personal projects allow me to do whatever the heck I want because there’s no one necessarily commissioning me to shoot a certain way or get a certain shot. I’m essentially the producer of the shoot so it really allows the freedom to make something truly reflective of my artistic-ness.
The second thing is certainly tied into being creative. By shooting for myself or producing more personal work, I get to exercise a different part of my brain. A part that is not confined to someone’s wedding itinerary or photographing wedding images. My personal work tends to be a bit more stylized and produced so I’m forced to think outside my usual “Saturday wedding” box. It’s great because the things I learn from my personal work always can be applied to my wedding work and stuff I learn from weddings can always apply to my personal work! It’s a happy marriage :)
Personal work to every photographer or artist is different. For Chase Jarvis, it’s flying in helicopters over New Zealand for his fine art landscape series. JoeyL it’s going to Kenya to photograph indigenous cultures. For Jeremy Cowart it’s a continual portrait series in Haiti. For me, it’s going back to my editorial roots and creating art that’s heavily influenced by current culture. I like clean, slick and chic imagery which can’t always happen on someone’s wedding day for many reasons. I’ll be doing a full post on a personal shoot I just shot on Saturday later on once my life settles down a bit so in the meantime, enjoy a photograph of Sierra and Haley in the snow :) It goes to show that personal work doesn’t have to mean going over the top or or shooting something overly complicated. It just means shooting stuff that you want to shoot :)