Personally, I LOVE shooting pregnant women…with my camera of course, and all in the name of art. Starting out as a professional photographer, I never lost that thrill of photographing my passion of bumps and newborn babies. Keen to capture those expressions of anticipation, love and expectation. Then, following the birth, capturing the mellow expressions, the relief, devotion and excitement of becoming a parent. The challenge is to keep the photography fresh and inspiring.
To keep your creative juices flowing, what do you do as a hobby? After all, many professional photographers started out as people simply wanting to make a living out of their hobby, so now you do, what has become your hobby instead?
I go to the seaside, a castle or lose myself in the countryside somewhere with my dog. Armed with nothing more than sturdy boots, my camera and a picnic. Freedom. Freedom to photograph whatever takes my fancy. Freedom to take my time and photograph one scene from a hundred different angles if I want to (with no-one sighing and looking at their watch!) Freedom to explore one of the absolute joys of why I picked up a camera in the first place.
When was the last time you did this? Took time out from your everyday life, ‘treated’ yourself (and for me it is a treat) to indulge in some ‘camera time’. Try using just prime lenses and your feet as the zoom, push yourself – no-one else needs to know!
You might discover a hitherto hidden talent for landscapes or street photography, and even if you don’t, you will have released another part of your creative inner self to work without boundaries to explore the world around you. The results will surprise and delight, even more surprising is the energy it puts back into your ‘everyday’ photography.
It’s important to simply be a photographer who enjoys pushing the shutter. Your photography will leap to another level. Your understanding of light, depth of field and composition will become stronger and your photos will be admired that little bit more.
So go on, make a promise to yourself to pack that picnic, camera and boots and head off in anticipation at least once in May!