Tuesday, April 24, 2012

new website

I pulled my photography website down for a while as I was making updates to it and working on a new look with the wonderfully talented Justine of The Waking Eye. She did a fantastic job and I'm very happy with the new look and site.

The thing I like about it the most, is that I've stepped away from full time photography (have a great job as a Millwright building some gnarly 1800+ HP machine, oil & gas service rigs) and now I'm back to loving photography for the reasons I was so taken with it in the first place. Just for the sake of it.

I'm turning down a lot of photography work simply because it isn't what I want to shoot. As a full time photographer, I was taking jobs that were awful, but paid the bills. It was a good way to kill a passion. Sucked the life and joy right out of photography for me. It's nice to be paid well for what I do now and not have to compete in an over saturated market and take low paying work just to get a job. I can still shoot what I want, when I want.

That's more what my new photography site is about. It's the work that I've done, that I like. I'm not pitching it to clients, trying to win over brides-to-be and frankly, I really don't care what people think about my work that I display. I like it, and that's good enough. This new photography site is for me. It took me having to go through the whole "professional photographer" thing to realize the true beauty in art is when it comes from within, and when there's no measuring stick (including monetary) to live up to. It's so much more enjoyable that way.



Jon said...

Congrats on getting back to the passion, and away from the paycheck. I went through the same thing with bike builds, over the past couple of years.

It has been difficult for me to disappoint people and tell them I won't build them a bike. But, not coincidentally, my bikes are in better shape and my projects are moving forward.

Jerome said...

Thanks Jon. I hear ya. Business is a tricky thing. People want so much for little cash, and it's hard to compete sometimes.

Doing something just because you love doing, is a beautiful thing!