I have been studying photography intensely for the past five years. I had the time and opportunity when I first moved to Belgium because I was not qualified to get a "real" job there due to lack of language skills and adjusting to learning the culture. I knew I needed a craft, something I could do that would give my life or should I say my career life some value. I chose photography because I love to find the beauty in the details of what otherwise would be a mundane scene.
Like all new photographers I tried every thing. Started out with landscapes, which I do still enjoy but something was missing. I was starting to get bored. I felt there was something else I needed to photograph. I tried, to do portraits and gathered family and friends, but I know this is not for me. I just do not feel comfortable telling people how to stand, turn their heads, and please not say cheese. I did not want to orchestrate the photograph I want to capture it.
It wasn't until I went to my first draft horse plowing event in Belgium that I found the passion that I felt was missing. I am drawn to horses and rural living, Horses because I know them so well and they have been a big part of my life. Rural living because I have always loved living out away from the crowd. Photographing this draft horse plowing a field with this man who was doing it for the last time was a thrill for me. I love hearing their stories and see what others are doing on their farms and with their animals.
So here is the leap. I am going to get serious and do the photography I love. Even as I write these words I am afraid of what I am about to do. But I have learned from the past, that being afraid and experiencing fear means you are on to something. If you are not afraid of your dream it is not big enough.
Here is the list of why I am afraid to concentrate my business to horses and rural life.
- Because I travel I do not own my own horse it is not easy to practice.
- How many clients could I get with the lifestyle I live by traveling between two countries?
- I will have to spend time and money marketing to find my subjects or clients.
- The world is moving away from country life and animals and no one will be interested in horses or rural lifestyles anymore.
- Can I really get to the level of photography I am trying to achieve?
- Can I make a living at creating these kind of photographs?
Now if you are reading this and own a horse or live on a back road I am sure you can put my fears to rest because you love horses and rural living as much as I do. But I am coming from the photography business world where you see amazing photographs and feel you will never be this good. I want to aspire to one of the best and it scares me that I may fail.
I could photograph pets, families, weddings, events, sports, etc and maybe carve out a living. But for me there is no passion there and I know I would only be mediocre at best.
So here is my first big leap of 2013. I am going to strive to be a great horse and rural life photographer. I want to make a good living at this so I can continue to grow in my field.
There I said it, now as soon as I press "publish" I must find a way to do this.
Follow me and let's together see what happens. Will this be a success or will I have to make a new goal next year? I am dedicating one full year to giving my all to this small niche in photography.
I have made big leaps in my life before, which I will share on occasion here, and I have learned that if you have the heart, and desire and get out-of-the-way life will help you find your path. You first job is to fight off the fear that wants to hold you back.
In my next blog I will share my recent leap to get closer to my family. This was "huge"
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