The immeasurable importance of Personal Interest

At the beginning of the year, everything feels new. It’s a perfect time to start again, wipe away the slate and continue to build everything I dreamed of bigger and better than before. With all the hopes in mind, I make sure that whatever I choose to do is fully influenced by me! Even with my many amazing plans for the year, photography is that work that fills my stomach with little yellow butterflies just thinking about it. I am talking about the kind of work that sets my soul on fire.

You know what’s so impossibly beautiful about my photography work? It’s all up to me. I can make magic as big and as colorful and as absolutely unapologetically ‘me’ as possible. It’s limitless. The moment I stopped practicing medicine, I picked up a camera and pursued my curiosity. Through my adventure, I have had the lucky privilege of traveling and working with other people from different parts of the world. Throughout my adventures, I’ve been blessed to have met a lot of talented photographers. But here’s one thing I’ve found quite commonly in a lot of the creatives that I meet: It strikes me to discover that a lot of photographers seem to forget the immeasurable, unmatched value of personal work, that passion – only shooting for their clients, but never for themselves.

So here’s my secret for you: You don’t have to be being paid to be shooting. Just go outside and shoot. Lol... I know it sounds crazy but sometimes you just want to go out for a drink, don’t go alone take that your special friend with you. Take pictures of the environment; take pictures of beautiful, embarrassing and fun moments, knock yourself out! The more you practice with unplanned situations, the better you get. It’s okay to put money aside and shoot because you love to.

If you have enough passion for the thing you’re photographing – for the moments that you’re capturing – being paid or not being paid to make those images at that point in time is an irrelevant detail because you can’t fake passion. You can’t change it. You can’t control it. And that is what’s so brilliant about photography. That kind of authenticity brings people from miles. When you’re shooting personal work – you’re shooting something you’re passionate about – no rules or restrictions or regulations. It’s the closest you’ll ever come to your one true voice as an artist.

Attaching personal interest to your work as a photographer gives that visual representation of what it really looks like inside your heart. It is the magic in your body of work that moves the hearts and minds of clients and it will most likely be the moving reason that they will dig into their wallets and hire you.

I know I'll have an interesting time sharing my experiences with you, I want to hear yours too!