I just recently spent a week in a remote area of Utah, amongst some of the best photographers in the industry. Photographers that I’m also lucky enough to call my good friends. I simply can’t stress enough, the importance of getting involved with a group of like-minded individuals and spending time just creating and learning with them. We built on our relationships, made new ones, and did a whole lot of shooting. I absolutely love when I get a chance to switch things up and do some shooting outside of wedding photography, especially while it’s in the midst of wedding season. Shooting different things, using different techniques, and working with different kinds of subjects always helps strengthen my creativity when it comes to a wedding day or engagement shoot. While on this trip, I shot in the studio, used lighting gear I’ve only seen in high-end studios, and used reflectors the size of cars to enhance the natural light that I love working with.
I never want to stop learning, as there will always be more to learn. Photographers, please continue to master your craft, your art, and never let yourself be content. Go out and make connections, go to workshops to educate yourself, and surround yourself with friends that are positive role models and want to see you succeed. This, my friends, is one of the biggest investments you can make in yourself and your business.