We are already at the end of January 2020, geez that went way too fast! Holidays always go that way, don’t they!
January for wedding photographers is usually pretty chill with not much happening in the way of taking photos. Hopefully that’s because most couples have enough sense that its way too hot for an Australian outdoor wedding. The month of January is usually dedicated to sitting behind a computer screen and catching up on editing … in nice cold air-con .. (haha).
It’s also given me some time to reflect on the last couple of years. I definitely feel like photography has become more of a business than a creative outlet. I guess that’s partly what comes with being a full-time wedding photographer for 10 years. Yes that’s right, in 2020 I celebrate being a wedding photographer for 10 years (pat on the back me)!
The other side would be, since I started out as a wedding photographer it’s become an oversaturated market – “everyone’s a photographer these days” is a phrase commonly tossed around in the industry.
When I began wedding photography, digital photography was still fairly new and not the average person could afford a full professional camera kit required to shoot weddings. These days professional cameras are way more affordable! Along with cameras have just become an every-day thing, like mobile phones, many of us carry around every day if not at least on weekends. And with mirrorless cameras becoming more popular, cameras are getting smaller and smaller in size.
The business side of wedding photography is getting a lot harder. To stand out among the competition and constantly be on social media to spruk the business in a non-salesy way is getting harder and more time consuming, and that saps a lot of energy and mentally draining when you are just one person doing everything in the business.
Anyway all this is leading to me wanting to explore other creative outlets, if only to keep me sane in this creative world and to having a creative endeavour separate from the photography business.
I’ve started experimenting with digital collages – the modern day scrapbooking if you like – but way cooler .. (haha).
What a crazy arse summer it has been with the bushfires! From loss of life and properties, to the mass loss and suffering of wildlife! It’s just so terribly sad and I know most of us are feeling absolutely helpless. The amount of devastation is just beyond belief but the amazing support coming from with in Australia and overseas has just been incredible to witness.
Here are a few of my digital collage creations inspired by the Australian summer …
Over the coming months Id love to create more digital photo collages – so if you are an entrepreneur, blogger, influencer or creative business located in Sydney that would like to collaborate on a photoshoot for your personal brand or business please get in touch. Id provide you with photos from the shoot plus design a digital collage for you too.
As its been quiet and taking some time to chill that’s pretty much me for January.
Peace and love.