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Why You Shoot

As artists, we each have a specific reason as to why we shoot. But I want you to dig deep. What drives your photography passion? Why do you pick up your camera? Who do you love to shoot? What do you love to shoot? What story are you trying to tell? What emotion are you trying to portray? Dig deep. I know I’ve been in a place where I didn’t want to pick up my camera. I wasn’t inspired. I didn’t see anything cool to photograph, so my camera sat on my shelf. We’ve all been there. But, what makes you pick up the camera again? Probably inspiration, right? Probably pretty light! You answer the question yourself.


I have a few questions everyone should ask themselves:

– Why do I shoot?
– Who are my primary subjects?
– What do I want to capture?
– What drives my photography passion?
– What do you want viewers to feel when they view your photography?

Also, any of the other questions mentioned in the above paragraph are appropriate to ask yourself. When you dig deep, you realize something about your work. You realize the WHY. Once you realize the why, your voice starts to shine through. Once your voice starts to shine through, there’s nothing that can stop your creativity.

Q: Why do I shoot?
A: I love the technical aspects of photography. I love light. Ooooooh do I love light. It’s gorgeous when it wraps around your subject in a certain way. Or when there’s backlighting. Oh man. Do I LOVE backlighting. I shoot because it makes me happy. I shoot because I want to capture a moment. I shoot for the light. I shoot for the color. I shoot for the memory. I want to remember as much as possible, and photographs help me do that.

Q: Who are my primary subjects?
A: My dogs, my husband, myself, my family, and flowers/plants. One day in the (near) future, my primary subjects will be my children.

Q:What do I want to capture?
A: Moments. Light. Laughter. Happiness. I want to remember the good times, but also the bad times. The light is always so beautiful and I am always inspired by it. Laughter is contagious, who wouldn’t want to capture that!

Q: What drives my photography passion?
A: I know I’ve talked about light before, but I really do think it’s the light. That’s most of the reason I pick up my camera nowadays. I’m sure in the future it will be my children. But for now, it’s light. I love the way light wraps around my subjects. It’s so beautiful. And I am slowly learning how to use it different ways to convey a certain feeling.


Q: What do you want viewers to feel when they view your photography?
A: Tough question! I want them to feel like they are there in the photo. I want them to look at one of my images, and then get swept away in a memory of theirs. I want them to feel happiness. I want them to smile when they see my work.

Now it’s your turn! Answer these questions about your own photography. You don’t have to share, but if you do, my facebook page or the comments below can be a good start! I would love to hear about your goals and your aspirations in your photography. What drives your passion?

Dig deep. Dig real deep. Sharing might help you. Sharing might inspire you (or someone else!). What drives your passion? What makes you pick up that camera? Your kids? Good. The light? Good. Being able to be creative? Good. WHATEVER your answer is, it’s good. And it’s good because it was YOUR answer. Don’t try to copy someone else’s work. Figure out what works for you. Figure out why you are shooting, and the rest comes naturally.


Thanks for reading. ❤

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