Crystal George). Who has talked me through a few business lumps and bumps. However, she did stress one thing to me...and that was to specialize.
At first, I had no idea how to do that or what it truly meant. Now that I have been on my own for nearly a year, I get it.
No photographer can do it all. A photographer can be good in a lot of avenues such as newborn work, seniors, children, brides, pets, sports, weddings..you name it, there is a genre for it. However, I don't believe a photographer can be THE BEST at all of these things. So, in the past few months as I have looked through the year I asked what work to I absolutely LOVE the most.
I categorized by:
Do I feel passionately about it?
Where do I enjoy investing most of my energy?
During a session..which one do I feel most alive in?
What is the most fulfilling?
Where and I am working really hard to be better?
It came down to two areas: children and everything to do with weddings :)
I was surprised by this actually. Choosing children over some other categories, but I can see why now. After a year of shooting various events and sessions, photographing children has brought me a sense of accomplishment. My style and my personality definitely cater to making a professional child shoot work. I know what parents are looking for and I know what a child will love and hate. All this to say..having two children of my own to practice..never hurts! This also includes families. I feel they go hand in hand. While some people love to have their children photographed exclusively, some may also want to figure in a total family shoot. Of course!
From engagement shoots, client meetings to the big day..I truly love every aspect of it. There is a challenge to produce high quality work in a fast paced environment and I truly enjoy it!
Furthermore, I adore the relationships it fosters. The brides are friends, the families become a part of me and I don't say that because it sounds nice, I say it because it's absolutely true.
Relationships are a lot about who I am and I find relating to children is very easy and fostering solid friendships with my brides and their families is making my life richer.