I am a portrait photographer or so I tell myself :-). I love photographing people, I don't get as much pleasure when capturing an inanimate object as I do people. As of late I have lost the spark, the drive and the passion to create, so I have been doing little projects to get that passion back.
The subjects in this series are my family members who were staying at my home for the 4th of July holiday weekend. As of late, I started this tradition where I punish the folks that stay at my home by subjecting them to a photoshoot. I don't normally photograph kids, that said they were very patient with me. However, as soon as I said you were released they immediate vacated and return to their teenager fun activities.
In this Black & White series, I wanted to capture what I was feeling with respect to my creative spark through my subjects and it felt right to also include myself in the series. When I am doing studio portraits it's always difficult for me because I like the environment to dictate to me what direction I should go and for studio work you have to create the environment which I am not use to. I believe by pushing myself and doing different things that I am not 100% happy doing that it would help spark that creative itch once again.
The fact that I have lost the drive don't mean I can no longer create and that I don't love photography, I absolutely do love it. I feel like I have plateaued, I think what is missing for me is the fact that I want to push myself to the next level (whatever that means). I think recognizing ones limitation and how much more you have to learn is very important, which I already knew but experiencing it I have to say, it's very frustrating.
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