4.7.11 “Workin’ It”
As a writer, I used to spend a lot of my time behind a computer. As a photographer, I spend a lot of my time behind a camera, but equally, if not more time still behind a computer thanks to technology. There’s a level of commitment to achieving your goals and a level of sacrifice. I miss dinners. I go to bed way later than I should. I give up a lot to get done the things I need to do.
I often get challenged by people, both in my field, and not, that say “You don’t create a photograph. It’s already in front of you. It already exists. You’re just pointing it out. Photoshopping is cheating. Digital is fake. Film is real. You have to achieve this to be considered a ‘pro’ or you need to sell this much before you actually consider yourself a successful. Bla. Bla Bla.”
Do I have rough days? Yes. Have I made millions? No. Have I shot the cover of Vogue? Not yet. So what have I achieved? I’ve seen people’s jaws drop at some of my photos, asking how I managed to capture that? I’ve had parents stand in front of me and cry tears of joy when they see a photo of their child, then hug me and tell me I managed to give them a memory that they will have forever. I’ve stood on a stage in front of tens of thousands of people and shoot a rock and roll concert and have people come up to me after and say, “How can I get your job?” I’ve taken a photo of something and thought it was the worst picture I ever shot, then give myself a migraine trying to figure out why everyone I know is telling me it’s the most amazing thing they’ve ever seen. Those reactions are what keep me coming back for more. I thrive off that energy!
At the end of the day why do I do this? Because I love it. Of course, the perks are magnificent. The people I get to work with are amazing. And as I sit here looking at this screen, adding a bit of sparkle to these beautiful eyes form this model I just shot I realize that the worst part of my day would most likely be the best part of someone else’s. I never take this for granted. This is what I do, because I love it. I hope you like it.