Getting to the next level is a deep priority for many who want to diversify their skill set and become more visually interesting to those who see their pictures. And really, getting to the next level should be a priority. Because your photography journey is truly endless, and each step you take along that path will get you closer to the photographer you wish to be.
One day I asked myself, “If someone were to give me the complete freedom to shoot anything I wanted with an unlimited budget, what would that be?” This was meant to be an existential question about who I wanted to be in the future as a photographer. The answer changed my life as a photographer and might change yours as well.
Photography gets under your skin. It burrows itself into your soul and infects you for a lifetime. It chooses you. When you meet other people who also love photography, their energy is infectious and it’s deeply inspiring to be around. They understand your obsession. And they want to talk about the virus that’s infected us all.
There are precious few careers that can put you on a major league baseball field one day, in a helicopter the next day, and on a movie set the following day. It’s a true gift to find something to do with your life that sustains your soul and spirit. It’s like finally discovering “the one.” When you find that connection, the depth of the love is undeniable. It weaves itself into your very being and remains there until the day you die.
Do you really want to do what’s necessary to become the best photographer you can be, or are you more drawn to the idea of being a photographer and the trappings that come with it? If you’re just beginning on your path, I think it’s a fair question to ask yourself. And it demands a soul-searching answer. In other words, as my friend Dave Black likes to say, “Are you all in?”
If you want to make the leap from the photographer you are now to the photographer you want to be, what’s the best way to make that leap? What is the fastest way to learn techniques that will separate you from the crowd? Where can you spend quality time and develop personal relationships with the […]