Shoot for the soul

As a wedding and portrait photographer I tend to sometimes get caught up with my client jobs and the business end of things.  This can take up so much of your time you forget to work on any personal projects.

Awhile back I exhibited some of our fine art work at a fundraising event at a local venue.  I got to show some of my own personal Fine art from an Italian series I did awhile back.  I haven’t been doing a lot of my fine art work in the last few years since we have been so busy with weddings and portrait work.  This event was awesome and it really felt great to get out there and show some of my personal work.  A lot of my past personal art series I have printed up and stored away in boxes.   I really love a lot of this work and this got me thinking a lot about why its been so long since I have done any personal projects.  I have always loved to travel and really get inspired by telling stories and capturing the feel and the essence of a new place.  Traveling to a new location gets me excited, soaking up the culture, the food and the drinks while creating a story and art along the way.  Travel has always had a special romance to me, even the craziness of a airport or train station has always been so interesting to me. I also used to do a lot more conceptual art series and still have a handful of ideas I think would make really a interesting body of work I just still haven’t started them.

We met a lot of great people at the event last night who all loved my work, and it was so much fun to tell the stories behind each image.  At the end of the night it made me realize that as an artist doing personal work can be so important.  It can help you grow so much and that can feed right into your clients work.  One thing I realized after viewing all of these images that have been in boxes for awhile was that some of my favorite images were taken with my good old Holga camera that I have had for about 15 years.  I used to use it often at weddings but lately its been collecting dust.  A lot of the work from this Italian series that I love are shot with the holga and printed  either in a sepia tone or black and white with acrylic oils over them.  It gives the work such a nostalgic, romantic feel to it and also matches the feel that I love to create for weddings.  This evening made me bring the holga out of retirement and dust it off again for some new use.  Im going to break out that T-Max film from the freezer and start popping some rolls off at weddings again and can’t wait!!!  I’ll definitely be posting some images on the blog so look out for some new artistic stuff.  And for all you photographers out there remember to take a little time and shoot for your soul, it will re-energize you and get you focused on your passion!

If you have been working on a personal project I would love to see it! Post a comment below with a link to one of your current projects.

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Author: Mark

Mark is a fine art wedding and portrait photographer from Northern California. He has been passionate about photography since childhood and started his studio 12 years ago to bring a fresh style of photography to the wedding and portrait world.

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  1. One of the things most beneficial to my photography that I have ever done, is simply to do something different or go somewhere different. Once I trained myself to see with fresh eyes, it was easier to get back to my normal environment and see all the good stuff that had always been there, but that I had been missing.

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