These last few weeks have been incredibly rewarding. I've shot some beautiful weddings and met some lovely people. Yet, despite this there has been a void that sits unfilled. The vast majority of my fashion or commercial work has taken a back seat to allow my life to be consumed by weddings. They've been great, they really have. I'm taking a great amount of pride seeing them come together as my weary iMac and I work our way through thousands after thousands of images which document some truly special occasions. As much as I am enjoying these and will continue to shoot them, the creative voice in me is missing the other stuff. By that, I don’t just mean the girls and provocative imagery. I’m talking about everything else; the commercial stuff, the personal work, people, products etc.
Like an itch that can't be scratched, the past 6 or 7 weeks at times have been frustrating at times. It's incredibly important to me to give that side of my business an opportunity to grow. That means giving it some time, experimenting and diversifying; something which I've yet to do due to other commitments.
For the next few weeks, things won't really change a great deal. I have some more weddings to photograph, which I must say, I am really looking forward to. I've been fortunate enough to get some great ones which I can't wait to show people on my new weddings site (another ongoing project). Once the marriage madness has began to subside, I'll be working my arse off to kick on with new projects and fresh ideas but in the meantime, I'm going to continue to enjoy the ride and the shift in focus.
No matter what work I do, I always give everything my all. The feeling of ownership over every job I do and the immense sense of pride that I take in doing these things for myself represent everything about me.
On a final note, I see Format are launching a series of videos focussing on various creatives, looking at their backgrounds and how they came to do what they do. This video (below) focusses on Jessica Lehrman, a Brooklyn-based photographer best known for her raw visual documentary style. I found some of the things she said hugely inspiring so I thought I would share.
Every now and then little things remind us of why we chose to do the things we do and remind us of why we started in the first place.