Why I love photography and when to say no!

September 05, 2012  •  1 Comment

So, this will probably be a post that gets several follow ups over the years, but here is part one :)

Why do I do this?  Recently, I have been reflecting on the various pieces that make up my crazy, hectic life:

  • Running a non-profit
  • Growing and building Acoma Street Photography
  • Having a healthy and fulfilling marriage
  • Maintaining a social life
  • Having a phone relationship with my internationally spread out family
  • Running my house 

It may not sound like a lot to some, but it keeps me busy most days of the week with little time to focus on myself.  In recent discussions, I've been told that I have to find more time for me and that something has to give in order for that to happen.  When I look at the above list, I am simply unwilling to give any of it up.  When the idea of cutting back on the photography is presented, I fiercely protect it and refuse to consider decreasing the amount of time I spend on it.  So why?

It is pretty simple to me, I love it.  It satisfies some deep need to be creative, to interact in unusual situations, and create a bond with someone new.  I love revealing a side, a look, an image that the person didn't expect.  I'm fascinated by people and the way they express themselves.  Capturing that is an honor and a joy.  Photography centers around celebrating happy and joyful moments in someone else's life.  

That being said, I am now focused on delivering for the right clients instead of accepting all clients that come my way.  My best comes from being comfortable as a photographer and if it isn't a match, then no one ends up happy.  Hopefully my style and rates keep attracting the right clients!

I think this blog post says it better than I can: http://blog.trushots.com/2010/04/when-is-it-ok-to-say-no.html

 

 


Comments

Jen(non-registered)
Well I'm honored to be a client you relate to and enjoy shooting with! When I look at this picture I don't see a photograph, I see the spirit of my family forever frozen in time. Thank you for that and for being the lovely person you are!!!! Keep doing what enriches your life!
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