Detroit Michigan Model Photographer Mary DuPrie
Well, well, well… where have you been!? Nowhere exciting, just off the grid. No exciting vacations, no health issues… just burned out, overwhelmed and underwhelmed.
An often used phrase I like is “I didn’t sign up for this”. I’m sure a lot of photographers can relate. Don’t get me wrong, digital has been great and without it I wouldn’t be a professional photographer. My images were never good enough shooting film that anyone would ever pay me for them (perhaps by now someone would). But I feel I would of given up and moved on long ago to another artsy fartsy adventure.
As I don’t label myself a photographer as much as an artist who happened to stumble upon it. I don’t have the “I have to be a photographer or I’ll die gene”. I do however have the gene where I must “create” something with my hands and my eye towards design, whatever that might be.
It’s when couples get married to someone and they change… one partner says “I didn’t sign up for this”. The honeymoon phase is over. Living day to day in the same house sets in. That’s what photography has become, day to day living. Did you pick up the cleaning, you left dishes in the sink, why didn’t you pick up milk, what do you want for dinner, you need to pick up Joey, Susie broke her glasses again… blah blah blah. It’s a husband or a wife… I signed up for a lover.
To “keep” a husband or a wife as a lover is an almost impossible task.
I tend to change careers every 7 years like clockwork and here I am at that crossroad. I don’t plan on leaving photography but the idea of even shooting sounds like a lot of work. I have so much invested in this particular career and that’s keeping me here. If the investment was much less I’m not sure what I would be doing.
The diversity of talents a photographer needs to acquire can be overwhelming.
I want to have fun shooting, great music, laughing and dancing… asking clients to do silly things. I want to laugh so hard I can’t keep my camera still enough to get the shot! All this stuff has become so serious. I guess that’s why they call it The Business of Photography.
And on a side note, for all the thousands, no hundreds, wait ehhh 10’s, humm five people who asked “What happened to Mary?”
You will be my invited guest to any workshop I’m having in 2011! yoo hoo… you know who you are!20 comments