What to do? What to do?

I’ve been attempting to figure out where I fit in within the photography world… am I just a hobbiest? No pressures, photographing my favorite things and going along all hunky dory? Or, do I want it to develop into something more… something with a bit more pressure to refine the skills into a more commercial product? Is there a happy medium somewhere where I am focused on learning some mad photography skills, but without any obligations to clients? I am determined to find out this year! I feel as if I have soooooooo much to learn, but at my current pace I am not mastering the art as quickly as I would like…

What to do?  What to do?

I do know that I love photographing life… I drive down the road some evenings and want to stop every few feet to capture another lovely moment in time. It’s ingrained deep within me to take notice and form a mental picture… I see the potential in everyday life being photographed as an art form and yearn to challenge myself to box it in to share with others. Not because I want to show off my talents, or the cool new lens that I got, but because I want them to sense and relate to the beauty that I feel in a simple bit of time.

I think that I’ll begin my journey by honing up the skillsets and photographing with a purpose. Less random, more deliberate. Can’t wait to see what 2014 brings!

I thought that I’d start to go through my photographs, observing what I actually enjoy photographing, do I have a style, or a particular niche that I’m filling? I’m still trying to figure that out but until then, I thought that I’d share some of my very random favorites!

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The Arbitrary Swoon

Comments

  1. You take great pictures – I wouldn’t think you’d have any problem stepping up to the next level . . . Either way you decide to go, you make some awesome images! Love your work –

  2. You have a beautiful, clean style. I was where you are last spring. I worked up a portfolio and became a professional. It is terrifying, but I love it! Good luck in finding your path.

  3. You have some wonderful images Marci. I only recently settled on what I want to focus on with my photography and up till then it was a constant struggle. One thing that helped me in the beginning was to do a Project 365. I failed the first year but got wise the second year and set an alarm on my cell phone to remind me to create an image daily. This year I am focusing on a monthly project of self portraits.

    I’m looking forward to seeing where this journey takes you Marci!

    Patricia
    #SITStribe

  4. Fantastic pictures! I have to say personally I had that eye opener when I was away for a couple of months from my family and I had plenty of time to shoot for others. Once I had done that I figured that the time it took and the whole business thing just wasn’t for me which is why I decided to teach others. I also like to have my time with my family and to finally just shoot for myself.

    This is Dina from @SITSTribe!

  5. Lovely photos ! It’s hard to pic a single favorite. I understand what you are saying, It’s exactly what I am going through. I shoot everything around me and there is still so much more to learn and so many genres to try that I find it hard to find my niche. Hope you find your style / niche this year.

    Divya
    #SITStribe

  6. Thank you Kimberly! I can only imagine how terrifying it was! Can’t wait to check out your website!

  7. Teaching sounds like fun! I can’t wait to check out your blog!

  8. The niche question is a biggie! I plan on finding it this year… or at least have a wonderful time in the searching! Can’t wait to check out your blog!

  9. You take really beautiful photos! When I was faced with this dilemma 2 years ago, I made the decision to go pro. I’m not sure if I regret it yet but I’m constantly learning and with time I hope to get better to make it a full time job. Right now, I’m enjoying working on personal projects and doing part time photography on the side. I’m satisfied either way. I’m sure you will make the right decision 🙂

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