Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Parallel Arcs - You Have to Shoot

I don't know many photographers that grew up saying, "I can't wait to be able to shoot catalog photos full time!" Most photographers that I know used photography to express themselves in an artistic way, and couldn't figure out how to make a living at it so they started shooting weddings or senior portraits or commercial work to pay the bills. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that. In fact, it's noble. You have to pay the man, so you do what you have to do. I've met a wedding photographer or two that really loved what they do, but I've met even more that just do it for the money. If you are just doing it for the money, it becomes a job, and jobs aren't usually fun.

Remember that you have to have fun. Make sure that you schedule some time every week to just go out and shoot whatever it is that you want to shoot. No deadlines, no clients, no stress. Just you and your camera. Remind yourself why you fell in love with photography in the first place, before you burn out and sell all your gear.

©2010 Scott Bulger, All Rights Reserved
ISO 400 ----- 200mm ----- f2.8 ----- 1/640


Luis Gomez said...

Great shot! Love it Scott.

Mr. J said...

Great shot. Better words. If I aspired to be a pro, this post would be my mission statement.

Hannah Phelps said...

Great advice no matter your art form or bill paying strategy!

T. Becque said...

Love this.