My Little Wooden Buddy © Emily Shur
I’ve been reading a lot of blog posts lately dealing with what a tough time it is to be a photographer, how not to let yourself and your business go under, what you can do to set yourself apart from the thousands of other people who do the same thing you do. Honestly, it’s a bit of a bummout. A lot of photographers are not business geniuses and never thought they would be in a position in which their livelihood depended on becoming one. Obviously, we all have to maneuver around this situation and make sure that we are here to see the other side. How each one of us does that, I’m not really sure.
Soooo……I recently began a project. Yes, a project. The husband shot me an idea that worked within the parameters of how I normally photograph, and I felt I could incorporate the subject matter of the project into photographs I would take anyway. So, I started. I shot a little on Sunday and also woke up at 6am yesterday to shoot some more. There I was walking my Wista around in some not so savory neighborhoods way too early in the morning. I have a shot in mind for this afternoon. I’m doing lots of research online and planning out my next couple of weeks of shooting. I’m in it. I’m also going to keep a sort of blog journal on the growth and development of this project; pretty much purely to kick myself in the ass and make sure that I keep at it. If I make something public I’ll feel a self-imposed obligation to follow through. My motives are essentially selfish. Right now, I’m going to keep the subject matter under wraps…just for the sake of drama and the element of surprise.
I don’t think anyone has the right answers on how to break through and still be a success despite how much everything sucks. Different things work for different people. Different personality types yield different results. Right now, for me, the most important thing is that my love and passion for photography doesn’t wane. I think once I’ve lost that, I’ve lost everything. So, I am fighting to make sure that doesn’t happen.