What brings you joy? Is it something you can touch? Taste? See? Smell? Is it a sound that brings back memories? So many things can bring joy to an individual. The question is, are you tapping into that joy?
I have found as a portrait photographer that I can sometimes fall into a rut. Feel pressured to be in a box. Lose sight of all the reasons why I do photography. All of the pros will tell you to “find a niche’ and stick with it” or to “find your style so that all of your images are cohesive and noticeable by the masses.” Well, that’s not a simple thing to do if you are someone who finds joy in so many things. I love dark and moody images because they bring mystery, enchantment and wonder. But I also love and am more drawn to the light and airy images because they bring a sort of cheerfulness and ethereal quality to them.
The best way for me to hone back in on my skills as a photographer and to get out of my rut of feeling like I need to perform for others, is to do a photo shoot that is all about me and all for me. That shoot generally revolves around flowers. They take me to a place of calm and remind me of some really great memories. Some involving moments and some involving people. It’s no accident that God created flowers and memories. They go hand-in-hand.