“A dream written down with a date becomes a goal. A goal broken down into steps becomes a plan. A plan backed by action makes your dreams come true.”
~ Greg Reid
Wow, it's been almost 2 years since my last blog post and what do I have to show for it? Not much really. Well, not much in terms of photography but there's more to life than photography. Or is there?
Well - that all depends. For me, photography (and by association, running a photography business) was never supposed to be a primary priority for me. I lost focus of that and go caught up in the mindset of wanting to make it work as if it were my career and primary source of income when I already had one. I was trying to keep up others who were working in the industry every day and comparing my work with these same people and always ending up falling short because of that.
In the past couple of years, I've stepped away from the photography work and it's been good for me. I hate to admit it but I haven't touched my camera in over a year. It's both a good and bad thing though. By stepping away, I've been able to get out of the unhealthy mindset that I was previously in but at the same time I've become a bit rusty with things in the world of photography.
My personal circumstances have changed but now I've now been given the opportunity to once again get back into my photography work. The difference this time is that I have 2 more years of life experience...and an established career in another industry. There's no need for me to even attempt to keep up with anyone else in the photographic world and everything that I'll be doing, from here on in, will because I want to and because I enjoy doing it. I no longer feel obligated to say 'yes' to doing photographic work because I was concerned about what that would mean for my photographic reputation.
So, the purpose of this blog...now that I've come to terms with my new found freedom, I'm embarking on that journey to rediscover my creativity. I'm digging up my old photoshoot ideas and concepts that I've had but never completed. I'm looking at the old websites (like DeviantArt) that I used to spend time on to get ideas and inspiration. I'm looking at different online forums and communities where they have "monthly challenges" that I can use to get a little more creative and best of all, I'm actually able to allocate and structure some time to doing these side projects - because that's exactly what they are now. Side projects...and trying to give them a priority higher than that is a disservice to myself.
So for now, the research and planning stages have commenced.