What Does Your Photography Do For You?
Why do the photography that you do?
You’ll find all kinds of reasons that people will take part in photography. Some call it art, a hobby or a job. In the end, why do you take or make pictures?
A few recurring themes that come up are the romantic reasons. Such as; being born into the craft, taking pictures was a creative outlet for some life stress or they found inspiration from someone. There are also the more practical reasons. They picked up a camera a liked it. They found that they were good at it and enjoy it. Or, they’re good at it and need to make money.
All this still doesn’t provide much insight as to what your photography does for you. If you are having trouble with this question for whatever your reasons are, read about photography from professional photographers. Armature and hobbyist photographers are also a fantastic source, it’s a matter of finding them, hoping they have their own thoughts “out there” or you can talk to them. The books that I have found to be the most value are those of Joe McNally and David DuChemin.
What you will find in their style of writing is story telling and reflection. You get a sense of what they get out of photography. It could be the adventures that they take to get an image. The people they meet that make the photo matter or the satisfaction knowing their image(s) means/impacts themselves or someone else.
Take/Make images for yourself. Admire and study the images that move/inspire you. Feel proud of the images you are commissioned for, they are yours with your signature style. It is not always an easy road. Like anything, if you enjoy it, do it for yourself.