So you’ve been taking photographs for a while now. You’ve done a lot of photoshoots and completed quite a number of commissioned projects. You’ve even done several weddings!
But then, in the middle of it all, you suddenly realize that despite all the excitement that’s been happening in your photography career, you’re not really satisfied. You’re not satisfied with your skills, your photography, and your business.
This is quite normal, actually. A lot of photographers – even professionals in other fields of work – go through this phase. If there is one thing that you should feel, it should be relief – because this “negative” feeling is the kind that means you care about your craft; that you want to grow as a photographer.
There are several things you can do if you are looking for fulfillment and satisfaction in your skills, career, and business. And you don’t have to spend or go through a complete career overhaul.
Understanding What Photography Means to You
When was the first time you bought a camera? What was the reason you bought one? These may seem like simple questions, but these can help you better understand what photography really means to you. For most photographers, their cameras are extension of themselves. For others, the camera is a teacher as it helps them learn more about life.
One photographer, for example, bought his first camera in the late 90s so he could take all the photos he could of their trip to Central America. While he did have fun and enjoyed taking photos of everything he and his friends saw, encountered and experienced, the trip ended on a sour note as his camera, among other things, was stolen by thieves. Along with it were all the photos he took during their trip. He stopped using a camera after that.
When he traveled again several years later, he did not (or refused to) bring a camera with him. This went on for 10 years and, according to him, it was like a person traveling without a soul. He saw a lot of beautiful and interesting things but he did not enjoy them thoroughly. He felt incomplete because he did not have proof or anything else that could show what he experienced. A few years later, he finally decided to buy a new camera; this time, a DSLR.
This is an example of a photographer discovering what a camera – and his photos – mean to him. Find some time to reflect on this story and maybe you’ll also find out just how much your camera and photos mean to you. Once you’ve done that, you’re through with the first step to reclaiming the satisfaction and fulfillment that you feel has been slowly fading away.