As photographers, especially those of use that have been doing this a long time, it is very easy to find a comfort zone and not leave there. That doesn’t mean that we don’t try to push the bounds of what we are doing, but even if we are pushing those bounds, we are still smack dab in the middle of doing something that we are comfortable with.
As an example, I am very comfortable doing severe weather photography. I like to try new things and get different types of shots, but the fact remains that I am still making images of weather. Setting up studio lights and getting a model in front of your camera might be second nature to many, it is alien to me and frankly is a bit nerve racking. It isn’t that it is impossible, it’s just that it isn’t something I have done and because of that it is way outside of my photographic comfort zone.
I took the opportunity this last weekend to join up with a number of other local photographers, and a handful of models, to delve into this style of shooting and I must say that I had an absolute blast doing it. There is something exciting about learning new things photographically after decades of shooting. It was so much fun, that I am planning on doing this a lot more.
This image is of a firs time model, Carrie, and she was a lot of fun to work with. Over the next week or so I will be sharing more images as I process them, also a different skill set than I currently have, but I wanted to get this post out in the hopes that it might encourage you to step outside of that comfort zone you are currently enjoying and try something new.