For the past four years or so I’ve been focused on working towards making photography my full-time career. In that time I followed a lot of photographers, read a lot of business books related to the field, and even did my Masters in Photography. During this time of learning, I understood that in order to be successful in the photography business you had to be good at a specific thing and have a unique sense of style. Sure, you could do portrait, animal and landscape photography, but having all of them on your website would probably confuse potential clients and cause more harm than good for your business. Having learned this, and knowing that my main passion was photographing people, I created my website and showcased only that.
I know you can sense a “but” coming, but it’s not to say that what I just described was total nonsense and that I wish I hadn’t done it. Quite the contrary, it was very sound business advice and I’d still stick to it… BUT what I realized was that I was filtering all my interests by this rule and was refraining from shooting or posting other things that I was interested in because I thought it would conflict with my “BetKet Photography” image. Then it hit me: people can have more than one passion, more than one interest. Just because I was a portrait photographer didn’t mean I didn’t also enjoy shooting other subjects. This didn’t necessarily mean that I wanted to make a business out of photographing these other things- it just meant that I didn’t have to restrain myself. Sure, my website could stay focused on people, but did I really have to do the same with my Instagram and Blog? The obvious answer is no.
As this post’s title clearly states, the cliche statement remains true – “do what makes you happy”. At least that’s what I hope to do more of from now on in regards to what I shoot and publish online here. I realize my blog is actually also full of travel posts and other things, but these recent thoughts were the reason I hadn’t posted much of anything lately. And so to be equal parts talk and action, I wanted to also show something I had shot a few months ago during a trip to the Kew Botanical Gardens in London that is quite different than my usual work.
As for the business aspect of my photography, I wanted to say that I have (finally, like we never thought this day would come) made a Facebook page for BetKet Photography and would love it if you guys would like it. Link here
I’ll leave you with this: Is there anything you guys are passionate about that you’d like to share with the world that you haven’t yet? I’d love to know what they are 🙂