"Everyday I'm hustling"- (goes that song from Rick Ross). I feel you Rick , we gotta hustle, life's hard. Especially the life of a photographer that wants to make an honest living with his/her craft. There is money out there and sure I want some of it. Do I sell out and shoot the things I hate to shoot? Or ,do I rot here waiting for my time to shine? Am I in this to shine? Or ,do I just want to create?
I remember as a child looking at the images in National Geographic and Time magazine and being mesmerized. I didn't know a thing about photography but those images sure did their job on me very well. They got my attention. I recently attended a photo seminar #themomentitclicks by Joe McNally and Kelbyone. Joe, who has shot for National Geographic and who just so happens to be one of the photographers who's images mesmerized me as a child and can very well be the reason I'm a photographer today mentioned at the seminar that as your turning the pages of a magazine and a certain image makes you stop to look for even a few seconds,that image did it's job.
Thats it. Thats all I want. Create/capture images that cause that effect. Make you stop and look for a few seconds. I walked into that seminar with my head down thinking to myself "What am I doing here?" , "Why am I still shooting?". seeing all these other photographers in the same room blasting their businesses and extremely expensive gear, "Why am I not as successful as them?", " Do I really want to be like them?". The point is, seeing the rise and fall of my photo studio has taken a toll on me over the past year and a half.
It had affected my enthusiasm tremendously. Having to go back to a real job. Giving up what I love to do for what I need to do. I hated life it sucked and photography reminded my of my failures daily. Do I give up? Maybe, or slowly get re-organized. Yes, thats it, get back up and get re-organized. I stopped moping around about the blah blah blah failed this and that. Lined up some shoots and started doing work again.
So, when I saw that Joe McNally was going to be in town and with a great seminar on lighting and creating those images that make you go hmmmmm ... (shameless C+C Music Factory plug). I decided to get schooled by Joe. An added bonus was having 5 images critiqued by Joe. Have my photos critiqued by the master of ALL things that strobe and flash, Joe McNally? Yes please! Like a Vivitar 285 with fresh new batteries , I left that seminar recharged and ready for my next struggle.
It's back to that hustle.