Passion…so many photographers in training focus on the technical aspects of photography to improve their skills. While this is all good and extremely important, when you are going out and advertising yourself as a professional photographer, without passion your photos will be lacking a key ingredient to finish the recipe. It’s the passion that inspires the photographer, that brings the photo to life from a one dimensional art form to telling a whole story in just a moment’s capture. Without passion, why would your photo look any different than any other photographer’s if you are both equally trained on the technical aspects?
Passion motivates, inspires and engages the viewer. The technical aspects can be learned, but the passion must be felt.
I’ll give you an example. This photo, ‘Beach Break’, is my all time biggest selling photograph. I took it the first year I bought a digital camera, 2003. I visualized this photo for over a year in my head before having all the props and elements come together to MIH, (Make It Happen). I studied the light at this location for a full year, knowing that I had a very short window for the ‘sweet light’. This photo was not a ‘grab’ shot. It came with a lot of props, planning, preparation, and passion. I knew what I wanted to capture and convey and I knew the light that would help to create the feeling of just pure relaxation in paradise. Although this is one of my oldest digital photos I am still very happy with this photo and there is very little I would change.
I have been told a few times that there is one thing missing from the picture…..do you know what it is? Take a few guesses….think, think, think…. Did you get it right? The only thing missing from this pic is you sitting in the chair:-) Ahhhhh the power of passion!