I don’t know if I want to be a wedding photographer forever and ever. It’s exhausting work – I’m constantly traveling; on my feet for ten to fourteen hours; carrying heavy equipment around; working when my husband has a day off. Wedding photography is the thing for now… and for quite a while longer I suspect. I am incredibly passionate about it and every single wedding and couple presents new opportunities to be creative, to push new boundaries, to be better, to expand my knowledge and experience. But is this forever? Hm. I don’t think so.
I have so many photography projects sitting on the shelf. Waiting for me to have time. I have a huge interest in editorial and commercial photography. I’ve sold a few fine art pieces over the years and been a part of a gallery show… I’d like to do a lot more of that. In fact, I’d like to have my own gallery show someday. I have an idea for a series of underwater photographs… but I need a clean lake or river and some willing models. I have an idea for a series of photos on my roof… but again, I need a model or two. I want to learn more about studio lighting. I want to play with film again and find my way back into a darkroom. I’d like to take a trip and photograph each of the 14 different houses I lived and grew up in. (I think it was 14… I’d have to double check with my parents.)
I guess I just don’t want to get pigeonholed as just a wedding photographer. So I’m working on a new website and blog to showcase my fine art work and hopefully see if I can figure out how to get a few editorial clients on the side. I’ve been thinking about this for a while, but I tell myself… “You don’t know anything about getting started in editorial photography. How could you possibly do something like that?” But… I didn’t know anything about being a wedding photographer either when I started, and I figured that out pretty quickly. So we’ll see. My wedding business isn’t going anywhere anytime soon (I hope), but it’s fun to think about new and different directions I could take my work.