What inspires me to photograph
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I get asked quite frequently questions like why do you love photographing, what inspires you to photograph, etc. so I thought I’d share my answers with you!
My slogan is moments today, memories forever – and that’s where the a lot of my inspiration comes from. It’s taking the moments from a session and turning them into memories that will last forever – picture an expecting mother for example, she is never going to forget the moments of getting her maternity session photographed and she is going to hold onto those memories for life. This is the main aspect of my job that inspires me to photograph, turning these beautiful moments into everlasting memories.
Something about being behind the lens gives me instant gratification, focusing on a picture perfect image and working hard to achieve it. When I am behind my camera, I get to take a break from everything else going on in my life – I zone in on my clients and capture the best images possible for them. The inspiration doesn’t stop at just photographing the images for clients, after a successful session I then get to go through the images on my laptop in my own space and see firsthand the beautiful moments that were captured. Some sessions can be emotional, especially the ones that have backstories behind them (families that haven't been all together in a long time, a newly engaged couple, expecting parents who have been trying to get pregnant for a while, etc.)
Social media is a huge inspiration for my photography, I love seeing other photographers work and trying out their styles, keeping up with the trends each season is important in this business but social media makes it easier. I love running my own social platforms and showing my followers the work I’ve been doing, the feedback from social channels is so great – I’m so thankful for everyone following my photography journey. I get more inspired as my experience grows to play around with editing software and try different styles out for my clients.
Lastly my family and friends inspire me to photograph, they see my talent and always get me to push my creative limits. They give me the constructive criticism I need to make my brand the best it can possibly be, whether they're helping me choose marketing materials or sharing my posts on social media. When testing out a new type of session I can always count on my family and friends to model for me, they typically volunteer so I can practice and perfect my vision before offering the services to clients. They volunteer because they want to see me grow as a photographer, they're always suggesting new things I could try - my tribe is what inspires me the most, they truly motivate me to be the best artist I can possibly be.
I love that having the freedom to make my brand exactly what I want it to be.