before i started doing mostly photography for clients, i was doing mostly photography for me. i was shooting all the time to increase my portfolio, make mistakes + learn from them, experiment, develop a style... i was begging all my friends to take their photo, + in fact my first website was pretty much portraits of all of my friends + family. good thing i know some good lookin' people! i always heard the pros talk about this concept of "the importance of shooting for yourself", but it never really hit home for me because that's all i was doing anyways. well, never hit home until recently. i knew early on that this summer was going to be one slammin' banging crazy busy season. between june + august flew to + from hawaii. twice. flew to + from seattle. twice. (that's 8 transcontinental flights, folks) took two cross country roadtrips (that means twice), + shot pretty much back to back weddings. so back in may, when i spotted a cheap deal on a round trip flight to iceland i swooped it up, knowing that i'd need a little "me" time by the time sept. rolled around. so here we are on the brink of autumn, + more than needing a little "me" time, i'm needing a little "shoot for me" time. i've been so busy i haven't shot anything for myself in a long long time... + now i get it. the importance of shooting for yourself, even when you're swamped with client work. because it's really important to stay inspired + focused + to keep your vision fresh. i visited iceland for the first time 10 years ago. i went with another amazing photographer to learn more about his craft. i was armed with a linhof tecknika 70, hassleblad + my canon rebel 2000. we drove all over + i learned all about large + medium format landscape photography. i took one roll of slide film on my 35mm, + i have some really gorgeous B+W prints from the large format camera that i developed + printed my self (fiber based, thank you very much)... + not a single image from the trip in digital format. i've always regretted having been to such a stunning place + not having more images in my style to offer from the journey... i'm a pretty big believer in the idea that sometimes if you want something, you have to happen to it... not wait for it to happen to you. it's this precise belief system that took me to india, + africa, neither of which i would have otherwise gone to, if i were waiting for them to happen to me. anyways, all of that is to say, i knew i'd probably never get to iceland again if i didn't make that desire a reality, + so i did. i'm off tomorrow for a week of "me" time. armed with a sense of adventure, an old dear friend, + no plan or agenda at all other than to see beauty, + take photographs for no others but myself.
see you all back in a week. with some icelandic beauties to post, i hope. if you take photos, go take some for yourself this week.