Based out of Portland, Oregon, photographer Robert Hill travels around the world to capture the big day for brides and grooms. For him, photography is more than a day job – it’s relationships, inspiration and travel all rolled into one.
After falling out of love with photography a few years ago, he reignited his passion for the craft and today shares the secret to keeping himself motivated.
From the desk of Robert Hill:
I’ve found there are two types of photographers in the world. Those who love to take photographs and those who hate taking photographs. I just so happen to be the latter of the two. Don’t get me wrong, I am in love with photography and will geek out about cameras or lighting set ups for hours, but I have found that my motivation and draw towards the art is directly linked with whether or not I am shooting what I find to be inspiring.
I can’t take a photograph of just anything and enjoy it. It has to be something that pushes me forward, challenges me and brings light to something that makes me feel something. More importantly than any of that, I enjoy it most when it makes me realize a little more about who I am and what my voice is in the ever growing industry.
Show what you want to shoot
After years of shooting, lots of failures, quitting and taking on another nine-to-five job, I very luckily fell back in love with photography and someone told me these six words: Show what you want to shoot.
Maybe you are not shooting professionally but you want to explore the idea. This is how you do it and stay happy doing it. I once heard someone say, what you show is what you are going to book; so if there is anything on your website, social networks, blog, etc. that you look back on and never want to shoot again, take it down.
For some reason, we all feel the need to show everything we have ever captured, but let me encourage you not to. Have focus, spend time to determine what it is that inspires the mess out of you and then devote all of your energy towards that.
I have seen social friends get booked left and right based off of showing consistent work, and even know someone who has been hired by National Geographic because they always showed images of an area of the world that Nat Geo just so happens to want to do a piece on.
Social media is killing it these days, so don’t be just another face in the crowd. Get focused and show what you want to be hired for. Show what you want to shoot.
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