Stopping for a Refuel

As many photographers will tell you, fall is typically one of the busiest times of the year. The weather changes, nature puts on a fantastic show of colors, and everything feels robust and alive. Nature provides an endless array of things to work with.

And clients are not just thinking about taking advantage of the wonderful foliage in their sessions, but also thinking about using the photographs for the upcoming holidays – custom greeting cards, photo books, unique gifts. It’s time to capture – and share with loved ones – some fantastic memories.

So in the midst of all the busy-ness, which I LOVE, I wanted to take a little time to refuel my passion, to go out and capture things because, for whatever reason, my emotions or my instincts said, “Take this picture.”

A couple of weeks ago I took off in the late afternoon for what I call “Chasing the Light.” And I love to chase the light. I had no set agenda, just my gear, my car, music and a great cup of coffee.  I drove aimlessly, letting my curiosity and whims guide me.  I turned down roads I had never been on before (and was thankful a couple of times for my GPS). I pulled to the side of the road whenever the inspiration struck me. I chased that light until the only lights I could see at the time were from my headlights and the moon.

Here are some of the shots from my outing…capturing the mesmerizing, golden “sweet light” of early evening, through to the (for me) invigorating stillness of little light.

On this evening I was my own client, and I think that is tremendously important for photographers to do from time to time. We should make sure to carve time into our busy schedules to continue to fuel (or at times refuel) our creativeness and inspiration, to delve even deeper into this art form we love and have chosen to pursue. When we give ourselves time to refuel our passion for photography, we aren’t the only ones who benefit.  Our clients get a far bigger return than they expected on their investment in us.

And who could argue with that?


About Jenn Long

Writer and photog. Uncompromising loyalty to my lip balm, lotions, a good mocha and funky socks.
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