This year has been intense. I've been booked up for every weekend since April until mid December! So pretty much I've been eating and breathing photography.
And you know what, I love it.
I did an interview this summer and one of the questions kind of caught me off guard and I had to pause for a minute to think about it. I think it was something along the lines of, "What keeps you going?"
This is something I've been struggling with all through my career. I can't believe it's already been 10 years since I started shooting weddings! And believe me there have been times when I wanted to throw in the towel. Being a wedding photographer is about a lifestyle of extremes and sometimes it's hard to handle that.
Especially in a year like this where I have 56 weddings booked including a week in Mexico. Living in the Midwest with 3-4 months of "dead time" during the winter, that means I regularly shoot two to three weddings a weekend followed by 30-40 hours of editing per wedding. My work is with me constantly.
And that's the answer. That's the answer to the question, "What keeps you going?" It's the work. I know it's kind of circular, but the more work I have the more work I want to do. It's a deeply personal thing and that's why it's become abundantly clear to me this year how important it is to connect with my clients on that level. Because when everything is stripped away- the judgments, the business, the to do lists- it just comes down to a meaningful photograph. There's a kind of purity in that.
I heard somewhere that passion is just a step or two away from insanity. I get that.