I read something so simple, yet so profound (for me, anyway) today. Henri Nouwen is one of my favorite writers and I won’t summarize because I won’t do a better job than he did.
“Often we want to be somewhere other than where we are, or even to be someone other than who we are. We tend to compare ourselves constantly with others and wonder why we are not as rich, as intelligent, as simple, as generous, or as saintly as they are. Such comparisons make us feel guilty, ashamed, or jealous. It is very important to realize that our vocation is hidden in where we are and who we are. We are unique human beings, each with a call to realize in life what nobody else can, and to realize it in the concrete context of the here and now. We will never find our vocations by trying to figure out whether we are better or worse than others. We are good enough to do what we are called to do. Be yourself!”
-by Henri Nouwen, ‘Bread for the Journey’
So what does this have to do with photography!?
Well, the more I read and learn about having my own business, the more I’m realizing the importance of staying true to who I AM. The business will not be anything special if I do not make it unique to who I am as a person. Photography as a business, (or for many-me included, as a lifestyle) is more than just making money. It is more than providing a product. It is about providing an experience.
To me, it’s about cultivating relationships, and capturing moments that reflect the true heart of a moment, or a person. I love it so much when I meet someone for the first time in person (like Heather, pictured above), and after just a little time, I have the honor to glimpse into who they are- the honest, real, beautiful person they are, and capture it with my camera. If I’m not able to be my true self when working with people, then how will they? And to me, what makes an image so beautiful, is when the person on the other side of my lens is able to be comfortable and real- as authentic as possible- which is where the true beauty lies.
This is what I love about photography- and why I am so exciting to be walking into this adventure of pursing it as a business and a lifestyle.
Thank you Heather, and thank you to the many other beautiful people I’ve had the privilege to photograph so far.
It truly brings joy to my heart.