I went back and forth about blogging this Santa Barbara trip on this blog, but in the end I’ve decided that I wanted to share, even though I’d shared all of these images and more on my photography blog right here. If you read that spot on the internet, too, you might find the pictures a bit redundant, but when I shared them previously, I didn’t have anything to say. Now? I wanted to add a few words.
Here’s the thing about working as a photographer: It’s also what I do for fun. I’m working on having other hobbies as well, but for the most part I’m a photographer whether I’m “on the clock” or not. The weird thing about turning your passion into a business is that some days you look up from your life and realize that you are working all the time. Yes, I love love love what I do, but hey, it’s really good for your brain and heart and soul to mix it up sometimes!
There are times when there are clear differences between work time and play time. When I’m answering client emails, for instance. Yes, I love my clients. Yes, I love my job. But emails? I’m working. Contracts? Work. Consults over the phone and in person? Work. Editing massive amounts of photos for clients on a deadline? Work. Bringing it to a shoot like I’ve never brought it before even when I want to stay home and snuggle on the couch? It’s work.
Don’t get me wrong: I love my job. I am incredibly thankful for everything I do for work and the people I get to work with on all counts. I am honored to be a big part of so many weddings and I adore helping wonderful clients showcase their ideas or products or team in the best way possible. I build my schedule around what I want to do for fun (hey, travel! hey, backpack!) and I am honestly thankful for what I do every day.
BUT, it is work. And when you’ve taken your passion and turned it into a business, you sometimes have to remind yourself to return to your passion as just a passion. For all the times that I pick up my camera for work, how many times do I pick up my camera for fun?
I spent a week in Santa Barbara last month and spent about four days of that trip with a whole bunch of incredibly inspiring and interesting photographers. We talked about work, most definitely, but we also talked about photography as a passion. We talked about personal projects and we picked up our cameras and played in the sunshine. We watched the sunset and swam in the Pacific Ocean and we brought the passion and the play back into taking photos.
I strongly believe that everybody should have passions and hobbies. Traveling is a big one, but having something to play with every week, travel or no, is also really important. This conference, made especially for people like me who blend work and play, was just what I needed to be reminded of this fact.
What are you doing to keep the passion in your hobbies? Or your job?
Happy weekend, friends! xx