Shooting for a living
I came to photography by chance, initially I wanted to make videos. I was always fascinated by the special features of DVDs, where they showed the behind-the-scenes of big movie productions and the magical deconstruction of VFX shots. Sites like GMUNK have sparked my imagination and desire to create something like that as well. I followed fxphd, did some courses in VFX and spent an eternity in after effects, editing shots. It never came out as good or polished as the work from my idols, so over time I realized that me working in VFX is probably not going to happen.
I bought a Canon 7D in 2010 to make my own shots and edit in set extensions and other VFX. However I liked taking photos more than filming and so I continued to do that. Soon I was shooting at work, my friends, family, got my first side gigs shooting weddings and built up my own brand. The photo bug bit me, and ever since I devour everything about the world of photography.
My small side career as a photographer is now just a hobby again. There is so much in my life now that takes priority over more work for myself. Shooting commercially is great fun, but takes a huge amount of efford to do it justice.
Growing up visually
My collection of photo books has grown to well over 100 books. When you study all the great photographers, you learn about their thought process and philosophical approach to taking pictures. I always reflect their thoughts on my own images, what qualities are there, what do I have to work on more? Learning and reflecting helped me to change my thinking from technical to emotional. Nowadays I only take pictures that I like and try to avoid the ones others like but I feel obliged to take. There is no objectivity in art. I photograph more than some professionals recommend and keep only images that spark joy for me. What is art anyway? Maybe trago has the answer. This is the most recent viewpoint about photographs that I agree with.