Finding Motivation in Photography: Why Passion is Key to Success
Photography is more than just a hobby or a profession – it's our passion for making photographs that fuels creativity and inspires us to see the world in a new light.
Photography is more than just taking pictures. It's an art form that captures emotions, tells stories, and preserves memories. And for those who truly love it, photography is a lifelong passion that brings endless joy and fulfillment. Today, we'll explore why passion is key to success in photography and provide tips for staying motivated at any level.
Passion fuels creativity: When you're truly passionate about photography, creativity flows naturally. You're able to see the world in a unique way and capture moments that others might overlook. Whether you're shooting landscapes, portraits, or street photography, your passion will shine through in your work and inspire others. I’m passionate about photography that excites everyone around me. I use my passion to motivate and inspire everyone on set, anyone in front of my camera and passion is contagious. Your passion for your craft will catch on. If you show it. Enthusiasm and Passion for your craft is the new cool thing.
Motivation comes from within: Success in photography is not about money or fame, but about the joy and fulfillment that comes from doing something you love. If you're passionate about photography, that should be your motivation. It's what will keep you going through the tough times and help you stay focused on your goals. You’re pushing a rock uphill. It’s going to be hard. If it seems easy to you, you may not be pushing hard enough, trying hard enough, innovating enough. You will get this. It’ll click. But the pace needed to get the type of traction with your work is learned. We have to be self motivating but it can help if you shadow or spend a day with someone exceling in an area of photography you’re trying to tackle.
Learning is a lifelong journey: As with any art form, there's always more to learn in photography. The key is to approach learning with an open mind and a willingness to experiment. Try new techniques, experiment with different lighting, and learn from other photographers. The more you learn, the more motivated you'll be to keep growing and improving.
When I left Photography School, I asked one of my professors if I was making the right decision. Bill Scanlon said this, “You get better every time you look through the camera. Your photo education didn’t start here, and for sure shouldn’t end here. If it does, you’re doing it wrong. You get better every time you do the act of photography, or put energy into knowledge regarding the craft. Don’t let school interfere with your education”
Personal style is key: Your personal style is what sets you apart from other photographers. It's the unique perspective you bring to your work and the creative vision that guides your art. Don't be afraid to experiment and find your own voice. Your personal style will evolve over time, but it's important to stay true to your vision. My look, the feel, to my images has evolved ovr the 32 years I’ve been a Pro, but the core style, the core statement has always been present. Even in my earliest images.
Collaboration can inspire: Photography is not a solitary pursuit. Collaborating with other photographers, models, and artists can spark new ideas and bring fresh perspectives to your work. Don't be afraid to reach out and connect with others in the photography community. I collaborate regularly. I allow my assistants and apprentices to use me as a subject, and i direct them as I’m sitting. I also photograph them and show them both the perspective of the sitter and also the perspective of the shooter. My passion truly comes out when I’m teaching and I hope it’s contagious.
In the end, it all comes down to passion. If you love photography, that should be your motivation. Let your passion guide your creativity, your learning, and your collaborations. And above all, never lose sight of why you started. Keep capturing people, documenting your life, and bringing your ideas to reality. The joy and fulfillment that come from doing what you love will be your ultimate reward. Remember why you make photographs. Remember, having the ability to see photography in the real world is a true gift. Not everyone has the talent that we have.
Remember that the hardest part is showing up to do the work, to make that website to do that photoshoot, to shoot that still life. The creativity part, you have that on lock. It’s all about you remembering the passion that brought you to photography in the first place, Never giving up and using your passion and enthusiasm for the craft to inspire all those around you.
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