This theme has been resounding in my life in recent months – I cannot do this alone. The theme popped up, again, today.
As I have been talking about in previous posts, there are several different subjects in photography – landscapes, wildlife, portraits, etc.. There are also different types of photographers – technical, creative, artistic, etc..
A lot of the photography that I do is out in Rocky Mountain National Park. Hiking in the “backcountry” is not something that should be taken lightly. It takes advanced preparation and planning, especially for photographers. What equipment should be in my pack to get the shots? What equipment do I need in case the weather changes? There are also the essentials of food and water.
When I was in scouts, we always used the buddy system; meaning, we never went out alone. I have never really just gone out for a hike by myself, usually hiking with a friend or group. I also extend the buddy system to notifying someone of where I am going and when I plan to return. That way, help can be sent if needed.
Back to today… When people find out that I am a photographer, they always ask what my subject matter is. I usually respond with landscapes and wildlife. Well, I was tasked with taking a few more portrait photos. This is a completely differ style of photography that I am typically not comfortable doing.
Portrait photography means dealing with clients in a much different demeanor. A landscape does not need a release form to be photographed. A wild animal usually minds it’s own business unless its territory is encroached upon. There is no risk that a landscape will dislike how it looks. I think I am making my point… The main issue is sharing the moment with someone, and letting the scene do the talking. Of course, there is always a story behind a photo.
I can certainly take a decent portrait photo. It is possible to operate a portrait photography business with one person. However, I am not capable of managing the entire process by myself. Then, the question becomes – do I really even want to walk down that path? It is not out of the question. Yet, sometimes the door is closed and it has to be opened. Sometimes the door is open and we have not walked through it, yet. Another way to say it is – it is in God’s hands.