Photography was something I started doing because it made me joyful. I loved creating images that were better than the last ones I created, and I delighted in capturing the love and emotion that was occurring around me. Then something changed. I started to compare everything I did against others, and comparing yourself against others is an impossible standard to live up to. This is because when you compare yourself against others it isn’t a fair comparison, you know yourself too well. You know how your kids were acting that day, or the funk you were in all week. You know all the nitty-gritty details of your your life and work, yet you only know the polished version of the person you are comparing yourself against.
This year I chose to be joyful. I am trying hard not to compare myself and instead to appreciate all the things I have done. I have started shooting more film in an endeavor to appreciate and embrace imperfection. I am taking less paid work and doing more personal projects. I am making myself happy and it’s been good for my soul!
Here are a few shots from a session I did with my girlfriend Nicole and her little guy Q (and miss Maielle). I shot this on film and on digital, so you may see these again when I get my film scans back :)