So when I first started out as a photographer, I only wanted to do headshots. Headshots for actors, musicians, artists, etc. It seemed the most logical since I spent most of my life as a performer and certainly know a lot of 'em. Then I took some kid pics. Then some family pics. Then some artsy fartsy landscape pics with special editing. Then I did a few stylized shoots. Then some couples. Then some event photography. Small business photography. Then a wedding. Ahhhhh.
Since launching my business in October 2011, I've experienced most kinds of photography and have changed my mind at least a thousand times. :) I think I just love it so much and always feel good during & after a session that I can't say no to anything!
BUT...I finally made the decision to focus on engagements & weddings. It's a super competitive industry, and I am going up against people with infinitely more experience, better equipment, and major connections. And it's a little daunting. Ok, it's terrifying. I look at the portfolios of people just in my immediate area and get intimidated. Although I can spot weakness in certain photos, I don't usually look at the pics of others and immediately think I can do better. I simply look at the photos and wish I'd be there to capture something different. Or wonder what angle I would've used or what lens.
I get excited going through magazines and creating pictures in my head of the next wedding I'll shoot. The bride from the first June wedding I shoot this year just sent me a photo of her wedding dress...and that inspired me so much. I now know exactly what vibe this wedding is going to have, and I already have a series of poses for her AND for her groom that will fall perfectly into place
I did my stylized bridal shoot this past weekend with the intent of getting better at what I do...so that my 2012 and 2013 brides & grooms will benefit from that practice and work. I want them to have an incredible experience. I already feel confident in my ability to take good portraits when time is on my side and I can manipulate certain elements (and get a few do-overs if needed!), but working with different lighting, being quick on the draw with several lens lengths, action shots, etc...those are the moments at the wedding that require a fast eye and a deft hand.
I plan to continue taking headshots and pursuing the couples/engagement/marriage/loveydovey kind of photography because that's my true passion. I'm a gooey person and I love photographing other gooey people. :) My other sessions...family and kid portraits, pets, maternity, etc. will mainly be reserved for family & friends. I will continue to take other projects (for small businesses and other random possibilities) as they come, and I hope to take on volunteer work whenever I am able. What's the point of doing this all if you can't ever give back to the community?
I hope I've chosen well. I know that no matter what, I will love what I'm doing, and give each session I shoot 1000% every time.