Skills are cheap. Passion is priceless.
It's Sunday morning, and as usual, I'm a long way from the business and marketing of photography. But, that's what Reflections has always been meant to be. However, this morning is going to be a very short post, and one that doesn't require a lot of text.
Many years ago, I wrote a blog post about passion for the craft. I wrote,
"You can't create images that pull at people's heartstrings if your own heart isn't in it!"
Pretty simple and straightforward right? Well, losing my good buddy Terry Deglau last weekend got me thinking about how much he loved the craft, but it was more than that. Terry's signature was the way he loved his friends, the industry, helping other photographers, and life in general.
Over the last few years, many of you have "met" some of the artists I respect most in this industry in features like "Why?" and various podcasts/posts. They all share one common denominator - their passion for everything they do! It's the energy and creativity that comes out of their love for imaging that helps ignite and keep elevating the love we all share.
If you love your work, you'll be out there every day trying to do it the best you possibly can,
and pretty soon everybody around will catch the passion from you, like a fever!
And that brings me full circle to my point. It's obvious I love this industry. However, so much of what I love most isn't directly about photography. It's about the dedication of so many artists I've met who open their hearts every day and demonstrate their passion for life!
Wishing everybody a fantastic Sunday, and a day when your passion for family, friends, and capturing memories is unmeasurable! Always go for those eleven-second hugs with the people most important to you, and make it one of those days that sets the standard for smiling a lot!
Check out "Why?" one of the most popular features on the SCU Blog. It's a very simple concept - one image, one artist and one short sound bite. Each artist shares what makes the image one of their most favorite. We're over 100 artists featured since the project started. Click on the link above and you can scroll through all of the episodes to date.