Today, I was going through my list of blogs I read, as I do every day (I an subscribed to about 30-40 blogs). There are a few photographers I follow, but one in particular writes often, and really makes me think, Jasmine Star. Today, she posed a video clip from a Creative Live seminar she did. Ok, in all honesty, you can check all that out yourself… and it’s not even about Jasmine, or any of the others I follow.
(Yes, I’m getting to the point.)
Though I follow, study from and admire many photographers. (I have a whole list and it grows whenever I find a new ‘knock your socks off” photographer.) These people, to me, are the pathfinders. They help me see where I’m going by seeing where they are. It gives me a way to see if their path is one I’d like to go down.
You see, I’m still at a point, where I want to do “everything” with my photography. However, I know that I also want to pick a specialty. (Hey even people with specialties can do some of everything, they’re just especially known for one or two…) These pathfinders allow me to look into different specialties to see if any of them are particularly suited to me. Doing this, I learned that, though I love kids. I just can’t see myself as a child photographer. Which is funny, as I (alot of times) get along better with kids… they don’t make me nervous. But I want to add more fantasy and romance to my work, while at the same time looking very editorial. So, I may still sometimes do child/baby photography, but it’s not going to be “my thing”. (I don’t think… unless I have an epiphany that suddenly i can’t live without child/baby photography).
…I’m meandering again… back to the path… ha!
Even though these people are my pathfinders. I have really come to see that I can’t “walk in someone else’s footsteps”. I have to create my own. Ones that fit ME. I can get a general idea of how people have done things before me… but I still need to make my own way.
Right now, I’m checking out a few paths, fashion/editorial, weddings and boudoir. I’m thinking these will be perfect for the kind of look that I’d like to have for my work. And I have some connections (both blogs/online and in person/friends) that can help me some in a couple of them, and will work on getting some for the other.
I’ll try them on for size and see how they feel. After the summer, I should have a better feel of them and know if they’re compatible with ME. After all, that’s what’s really going to make it or not. I have found the work/art that is an extension of me, (photography), now, I need to find the niche that is further refining who I am and who I want to be.
*And a special “THANK YOU” to everyone who’s been helping me find my way, both the photographers, friends family… everyone. I don’t know if I could have come this far without you.